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Kukula Tax Technician Bursary Programme


This bursary programme is aimed at fast-tracking experienced tax practitioners to achieve the full NQF 6 Tax Technician Occupational Qualification. Successful completion of this qualification will provide an opportunity for practitioners to apply for Advanced Professional Certificates and proceed to H Dip Tax.

Our flexible, engaging and practice-focused environment will provide you with the necessary skills required of a professional tax practitioner in the twenty-first century. Unlike traditional education models, this certificate is built upon practical simulations, ensuring learning is fit for purpose and simulates real-world practice.

Do I meet the initial application criteria?

a  You are a South African citizen

a  Your race is African Black or Coloured (residing in the Western or Northern Cape) OR you have a disability

a  You successfully completed the Unisa Short Course in Taxation (CTAX) or have successfully completed the SAIT Initial Test of Competence Assessment


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 competency diagnostic as a final selection tool

Why a competency diagnostic?

  • Awards credits to theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are assessed as competent
  • Identifies gaps in tax knowledge and problem solving competencies
  • Recommends a tailored learning journey to address the gaps
  • Provides the best opportunity to achieve your qualification without having to start from scratch
  • Adds to your tax knowledge and enhance your career in tax whether selected to complete the programme or not.

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 recognised qualification and professional status, we have embedded practice management workshops which focus on the “soft” skills (strategy, leadership, management and client skills) required in order run a successful practice. Business coaches and mentors will support you throughout the learning journey.


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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