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The Tax Professional Qualification Curriculum: Knowledge Component

The Knowledge Component is completed through studies at an accredited tertiary institution. Learners from non-accredited programmes and individuals already in practice are given the opportunity to enter into and progress in the learning programme to the Tax Professional Qualification through a recognition of prior learner mechanism (RPL). Kindly refer to the Curriculum: Knowledge Component Document for more detail or email

Competency Assessment Guidelines

The following document is the student guide for the Tax Professional Initial Test of Competence Assessment (also called the entry, RPL & Knowledge Competency Exam).

Read More: Tax Professional Initial Test of Competence Student Study Guide

This document contains the guidelines for the Tax Professional  Initial Test of Competence Assessment.

The Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional Initial Test of Competence (RPL Assessment) Rules and Regulations & SAIT Assessment Policy

Venues for the Assessments: Read more.

Accredited Assessment Centres

SAIT Accredited Assessment Centres. Read more

Assessment Papers

To assist candidates in their preparation for the upcoming Tax Professional Assessment, previous assessment papers are provided. 

Please note: All exams are only available in English


1. Certificate Courses

(Year programmes)
The Department of Taxation at the University of Pretoria (UP), offers three taxation programmes on part-time basis. These programmes are offered as preparation/revision courses for the Occupational Qualifications.  
1.1. Graduate Programme on Principles and Practical Application of Taxation
1.2. Graduate Programme in Advanced Taxation
1.3. Post Graduate Programme in Advanced Taxation. Read More

Taxation programmes presented by UP and the link to SAIT qualifications. Read More 

2. Preparation & Revision Course

2.1. Tax Faculty

Tax Professional Knowledge Refresher Course


2.2. Enterprises at University of Pretoria

(Any Time programme)

Enterprises @ University of Pretoria offers a Preparation/Revision/CPD course which is based partly on the Tax Professional Curriculum. 

Tax Professional Preparation Course

Who Should Attend: - Anyone who have applied to write the Knowledge Competency Assessment; - Anyone who have applied to write the National Qualifying Competency Assessment.; or - Anyone who requires a refresher – for CPD purposes.

Delivery Mode: Correspondence, Correspondence, Web Based

Contact Days: 0


Contact: or +27(0) 12 434 2500; Course Number: P005177


2.3 Oxbridge Training Institute (OTI)

OTI is offering preparation/revision courses for the Occupational Certificate Tax Professional KCA exams. Please read more about this course offering or follow the links to OTI website:

For any other information and offerings please make contact with Oxbridge Training Institution.



If you are interested in writing the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) Assessment please apply for admission to the qualification. 

To gain admission to the qualification and register online for the entry RPL assessment (Knowledge and Practical Skills) please submit the following documents to

  • Application form, 
  • Detailed work Curriculum Vitae and
  • Academic transcripts. 

Documents Library:

  • Tax Professional Application form or Electronic Application form
  • Knowledge Competency Assessments are scheduled for July and November 2018.
  • Tax Professional Knowledge Competency Assessment Fee is R 4500.
  • All assessments are only available in English.  
  • Before registering for the qualification and assessment please apply for admission to the qualification. 


The Occupational Certificate Tax Professional Initial Test of Competence Assessment November 2017 was written by 28 candidates. 22 Candidates achieved a PASS. The overall pass rate for the assessment is 79%. The average percentage achieved on the November Tax Professional Initial Test of Competence is 60%.







Sandy Cupido



Koketso Josinah Lekalakala



Odwa Madikane



Sibulele Tyesi



Louis van Wyk



Click here for the NOVEMBER 2017 TP ITC results

Re-write opportunities June and November 2018.  


    Application for special assessment concessions

    • Candidates with special needs please complete a special concessions application form and submit to at least 1 month before scheduled assessment date.
    • Special needs candidates are requested to forward an email to Please complete the following form: Special concessions application form.

     Copies of Assessment Answer Books

    • Candidates who were unsuccessful in the previous Tax Professional Initial Test of Competence Assessment, may request a copy of their script in terms of section 51 of the Promotion to Access to Information Act (Act 2 of 2000).
    • Assessment scripts are kept for 6 months after the results have been published.
    • To request a copy of your answer books and mark sheets, please complete the Request for Script application form and kindly e-mail document to

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