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General CPD Requirements

Pursuant to government mandates, SAIT requires its members to comply with their annual continuing professional development requirements to maintain their technical and professional competencies. CPD requirements fall into two categories:

    1. SARS Registered Members

    Tax Practitioners who are registered with SARS via SAIT have committed themselves to 30 hours of annual CPD in order to maintain their SARS practitioner registration and their SAIT membership. This annual CPD consists of:

    • 15 hours of verifiable output CPD (known as “Tier 1 CPD”)

    • 10 hours of non-verifiable CPD (known as “Tier 2 CPD”)

    • 5 hours of ethics & standards CPD

    ` Note that the Tier 1 CPD is specifically required by SARS via its interpretation of the Tax Administration Act, 2011. Failure to meet this standard places your SARS practitioner registration at risk.

    2. Affiliate Members

    Other members (i.e., members not registered with SARS via SAIT) have committed themselves to 15 hours of annual CPD in order to maintain their SAIT membership. This form of CPD consists of:

    • 15 hours of non-verifiable CPD (known as “Tier 2 CPD”)

CPD Tiers

A stated above, CPD is largely offered in two tiers.

    Tier 1 CPD

    Tier 1 CPD generally requires attendance at tax events, seminars and webinars and usually includes a simple assessment to verify active attendance. SAIT offers many events, seminars and webinars of this nature (as well as written article options) but members can complete Tier 1 CPD via external suppliers meeting the same standards. Note that some of the aforementioned undertakings are free.

    Tier 2 CPD

    Tier 2 CPD can be satisfied via Tier 1 options without assessment verification. Members can also rely on more flexible alternatives, which may include non-tax learning activities to the extent that those activities work in tandem with their tax practice.

The ethics requirements can be satisfied via an ethics course offered by SAIT or other educators. This course is free for members.

For a complete listing of CPD requirements, see the CPD Guide Potential Qualifying Activities located under the “What is Tax CPD?” subheading under the “Tax CPD” icon.


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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.

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