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Masters Customs Professional (SA)
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MEMBERSHIP OVERVIEW:

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

    -  Identifying risks and/or cost-savings opportunities.
    -  Managing compliance risks associated with supply chains and global trade operations.
    -  Establishing and maintaining efficient cross-border operations.
    -  Ensuring compliance with local laws and regulations associated with cross-border trade.
    -  Customising trade processes and controls.
    -  Mitigating risk issues related to cross-border transactions.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

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

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

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

ACADEMIC COMPONENT

In terms of the academic component, the applicant must have successfully completed a National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 9 qualification that includes a module / course in customs and/or trade. An NQF Level 9 qualification of this nature typically in-cludes an M Com, an LLM or Higher Diploma in Tax Law in a University programme (within South Africa or abroad).

Applicants lacking an NQF Level 9 qualification can still obtain a “Master Level” designation pursuant to a discretionary waiver approved by the SAIT education committee. (Note: There is no “trainee status” for applicants seeking this discretionary waiver.)

Applicants seeking this waiver can do so through one of two alternatives:

Alternative 1 – Senior Customs and Trade Position:

The applicant must be (an equity or non-equity) partner or director of a law firm or ac-counting firm with five or more full-time partners/directors. If the applicant works outside of a law firm or an accounting firm, the applicant must be the managing cus-toms/shipping director of either a listed company or of an unlisted entity or SARS with at least 5 support staff that are solely or mainly dedicated to customs and trade work. The applicant must have engaged in customs and trade work as his or her sole or main activity for 3 consecutive years out of the last 10 years.

Alternative 2 – Seasoned Level Customs Professional

The applicant must possess at least 10 years of experience as a customs practitioner that is solely or

In terms of both alternatives, the applicant must provide evidence of advanced customs law competence as approved by SAIT. The applicant’s NQF level will be relevant to this determination (i.e. NQF levels 7 or 8 will be given priority).

PRACTICAL/WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE

Minimum of 36 months practical, world of work experience in:

    -  Identifying risks and/or cost-savings opportunities.
    -  Managing compliance risks associated with supply chains and global trade operations.
    -  Establishing and maintaining efficient cross-border operations.
    -  Ensuring compliance with local laws and regulations associated with cross-border trade.
    -  Customising trade processes and controls.
    -  Mitigating risk issues related to cross-border transactions.

 

BOARD EXAMINATION/COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

In terms of the academic component, the applicant must have successfully completed a National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 9 qualification. 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 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

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)
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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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