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Enterprises Tax Technician Qualification Programme


This Occupational Certificate Tax Technician qualification programme will ensure that learners complete a professional qualification on NQF 6 level and access The South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) membership as Tax Technician (SA).

The Programme is based on learners obtaining the Tax Technician Occupational Certificate (NQF 6). Learners will complete the following:

(a) the EUP Graduate Programme in the Principles and Practical Application of Taxation

 (b) the completion of a Portfolio of Evidence in the form of a logbook over a nine (9) month period in order to qualify to write SAIT’s final exam, called the External Integrated Summative Assessment (ESIA).


The candidates that pass the final exam will be awarded the Tax Technician Occupational Certificate and they will be able to apply for full membership of SAIT as Tax Technician (SA).

The objectives of the course are as follows:

a  To give access to the students to the online platform to access all lectures presented during the year, as well as the course material and all online self-study tools that are made available by the lecturers.

 a  The students are also encouraged to attend the contact sessions presented on Saturdays in Pretoria and to write all assessments, do all assignments and all homework to keep up to date with the work.

a  To present a refresher course to the students for three days in October 2019, before the SAIT Tax Technician exam is written in November.

a  To present a refresher course to the students for two/three days in January/February 2020, before the EISA exam written in February.

a  The refresher courses will take place at the University of Pretoria, as well as at a venue in Polokwane.


Do I meet the initial application criteria?

  • You are a South African citizen
  • Your race is African Black or Coloured (residing in the Western or Northern Cape) OR you have a disability
  • You have at least an NQF 4 level qualification (Grade 12/Matric)
  • Preferably you have successfully completed the Graduate Programme in the Principles and Practical Application of Taxation or other relevant qualifications in accounting, finanace or tax law.

What is required to be selected?

Step 1: If you meet the initial criteria, complete the bursary application (click here to download the application form)

Step 2: Take part in a fundamental tax assessment

When will I complete the programme?


The programme will run from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. If successful throughout the continuous assessments, you will write the final exam, known as the external integrated summative assessment (EISA), on 20 and 21 February 2020.

What will I get upon completion of the programme?

1.    Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician, a SAQA-accredited qualification (please click here for more information)

2.    Option to apply for admission to Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional at an NQF 8 level.  

3.    The qualification will be recognised by SAIT for full membership as a Tax Technician SATM


How will it help me and my practice?

In addition to obtaining a SAQA recognised qualification and professional status as Tax Technician (SA), you will be able to register with SARS as a Tax Practitioner. The qualification will increase your client base and the profitability of your practice. 

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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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