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26 April 2013   (0 Comments)
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The development of the Tax Technician Occupational Qualification to date 

The South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) held a scoping meeting on 25 January 2013 for the Tax Technician Occupational Qualification. Fifty people attended the event.

"The need for a lower level qualification, probably at the level of a Tax Technician (NQF level 6), was identified during the development process for the NQF level 8 Tax Professional qualification. Such a qualification should provide for the training of people who handle standard and relatively uncomplicated tax matters. The need was also expressed for such a qualification to articulate into the Tax Professional Qualification,” SAIT Head of Education Ronel de Kock explains. 

SAIT has offered to fund and to serve as the Development Quality Partner (DQP) for the Tax Technician Occupation Qualification. No objections were noted, and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) confirmed SAIT’s appointment as the DQP.

SAIT was nominated and accepted the nomination by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), Southern African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) to fulfil the Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) function for the Tax Technician Occupation Qualification. The nomination was supported by those in attendance. 

Fasset stakeholders and SAIT members were invited to participate in the development of a draft occupational profile on the 21st of February 2013. The profiling meeting sought to define the profile of the Tax Technician. The meeting also sought to identify people, who would be able to define the specific output requirements of a Tax Technician, associated learning design and related assessment specifications.

After completion of the draft occupational profile, a Project Plan was devised for the development process of the curriculum document for the qualification. The development process is conducted in consultation with various stakeholders and workgroups. 

The following components were already completed: 

  • Wednesday 27 March – Knowledge Component development
  • Thursday 18 April – Practical Component Development

The next workshop, the Work Experience Development Component, is scheduled to take place on Thursday the 9th of May at the Protea Hotel, Midrand.

Once completed, a final draft will be submitted for public comment, where-after the Tax Technician Occupations Qualification will be submitted to the QCTO for approval.  

Tax Professional Occupational Qualification Development

The Tax Professional Occupational Qualification is in its advanced stages. The final Expert Panel Meeting took place on Friday the 19th of April during which final commentary were submitted. SAIT is in the process of developing the final guides and tools which will be implemented as soon as the Tax Professional Occupational Qualification is registered. Various Universities and Workplace experience providers are in consultation with Ronel de Kock, SAIT Head of Education regarding the accreditation processes. 


Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.


The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

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