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Customs Technician (SA)
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MEMBERSHIP OVERVIEW:

The Customs Technician is responsible for technical and clerical duties requiring the technical and practical application of customs and trade, including knowledge of procedures, techniques, regulations and customs systems.

The work of a Customs Technician serves to ensure adherence to the provisions of customs laws and regulations.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

Customs Technician (SA) will have to satisfy both an academic and practice experience requirement.

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

Practical experience accumulated in the tax 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:

  1. Primary academic requirement: Tertiary Qualification (NQF 5)

Candidates applying under this option must hold a Higher Certificate in International Trade (NQF 5) or equivalent tertiary qualification at NQF level 5 or 6.

  1. Alternative requirement: RPL

The applicant must hold as a minimum a National Senior Certificate or appropriate Technical and Vocational Education and Training qualification at NQF level 4.

PRACTICAL/WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE

In terms of the practical workplace component, two options are available:

  1. Primary application/criteria: Appropriate Tertiary Qualification (NQF 5)

In terms of the practical workplace component, the applicant must have engaged in customs and trade work as his or her sole or main activity for 1 year.

  1. Alternative entry / criteria option: RPL

The applicant must have engaged in customs and trade work as his or her sole or main activity for 5 consecutive years out of the last 10 years.

Proof that this requirement is satisfied is achieved by providing a resume of work experience as well as by providing a portfolio of evidence of tax projects undertaken by the applicant in accordance with the forms provided by SAIT. Both the resume of work tax experience and the portfolio of evidence must be verified by an employer or by another senior tax professional.

BOARD EXAMINATION/COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

Applicants must successfully complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (“RPL”) examination.

Candidates applying for the Customs Technician (SA) designation by completing the Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician Qualification (NQF 6) are required to under-take the SAIT RPL assessment and a final board examination.

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 Customs 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

Entrance Examination (Recognition of Prior Learning)

R1143.95

This fee must be paid in order to arrange your entrance examination

Annual membership

R4116.64

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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