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Customs Professional (SA)
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MEMBERSHIP OVERVIEW:

The Customs Professional (SA) is responsible for all aspects of international trade, including:

  • Customs procedures and documentation.
  • Customs classification under the Harmonised System
  • Customs valuation under the World Customs Organisation valuation code
  • Understanding rules of origin and preferences under preferential trade agreements

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

The Customs Professional (SA) will have to satisfy both an academic and practice ex-perience requirement.

Academic experience is based on officially recognised National Qualifications Frame-work (NQF) levels achieved and an assessment.

Practical experience accumulated in the customs field is based on the number of years of tax practice undertaken as endorsed by third parties.

ACADEMIC COMPONENT

In terms of the academic component requirement, two options are available:

Alternative 1: Tertiary Qualification

Candidates applying under this option must hold a Advanced Certificate in International Trade (Exports) or (Imports) (NQF 6) or equivalent tertiary qualification at NQF level 6.

Alternative 2: Professional Qualification

Candidates applying under this option must hold a Occupational Certificate: Tax or CA(SA) or legal qualification such as LLB.

PRACTICAL/WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE

In terms of the practical workplace component, candidates must have a minimum of 24 months practical, world of work experience in:

    -  Customs procedures and documentation
    -  Customs classification under the harmonised system
    -  Customs valuation under the World Customs Organisation valuation code
    -  Understanding rules of origin and preferences under preferential trade agreements
    -  Excise duties and procedures
    -  Export licensing controls


BOARD EXAMINATION/COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

In terms of the academic component, the applicant must have successfully completed a specialised international trade NQF Level 6 qualification or a professional qualification at Level 8. No additional assessments are required.

CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

SAIT members must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining their skills by regularly involving themselves in continuous and lifelong professional development.

This requirement must be satisfied annually upon the close of each calendar year in which the person is a member of SAIT. These requirements are described in detail in the “CPD Policy Guide”. The annual CPD requirement depend on the member’s work classification. For Technician (SA) designated members, the requirement is 15 hours of verifiable (output) CPD.

For more information please follow the links:

https://sait.site-ym.com/?page=cpd_policy

https://sait.site-ym.com/?page=membership_annual

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Membership to a professional body requires more than mere annual payment of fees. Members must maintain their good standing as professionals in terms of responsible behavior and technical training. Association with a professional body demonstrates to clients, potential clients, government and the public at large that the member has a unique set of skills that require special recognition. Ongoing recognition requires an ongoing commitment to a higher standard in term of skills and ethics.

In terms of SAIT, maintenance of membership falls into three sets of criteria as follows:

  • Criminal clearance; and
  • Tax clearance; and
  • Continuing professional development.

These requirements must be satisfied annually (with the criminal and tax clearance requirements being satisfied upfront during the year of entry).

For more in information in regards to the annual CPD requirements please read more:

https://sait.site-ym.com/?page=cpd_req

For more information please read more:

https://sait.site-ym.com/?page=membership_annual

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Provided below is a full description of payment fees and details. Should you have any queries, please contact us at (+27) 87 943 2672 or email applications@thesait.org.za.

 



Purchase

Fee Amount

Note

Entrance processing

R1186.43

This fee must be paid before SAIT processes your application

Annual membership

R5716.62

This fee must be paid no later than 30 days after your application has been accepted



PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION PROGRESSION PATHWAY

List from the lowest to the highest:

  • Entry level:          Customs Technician (SA)
  • General level:      Customs Professional (SA)
  • Advisory level:    Master Customs Professional (SA)
 

WHY REGISTER WITH SAIT?

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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