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CTA1 Foundations

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Course overview

CTA1 Foundations offered by The Tax Institute is an introductory course providing you with a vital link between your academic studies and workplace practice.

Establish your career in tax

Essential for all new entrants to the Australian tax profession, the course builds a solid career foundation through hands-on training, provides a pathway for registering as a tax agent, and is ideal for established tax professionals who are looking to broaden their tax skill set.

Developed and delivered by tax practitioners

Highly regarded by employers, CTA1 Foundations provides you with a working knowledge of the tax compliance requirements of the Australian tax system, and other key principles and processes, which are required to be successful in the tax profession and an asset to your firm.

Why choose CTA1 Foundations?

  • Achieve your employment goals with access to industry resources and experts.
  • Increase workplace productivity by undertaking everyday tax compliance tasks.
  • Gain confidence with using key business systems and terminology.

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Course snapshot

Start date

Study period 2 2014

Study period 3 2014


Face-to-face, distance, intensive, and assessment only.


17-19 weeks (110 hours)


5-6 hours per week

Awarding authority

The Tax Institute


CTA1 Foundations contributes to the two-semester Course in Australian Taxation Law as approved by the TPB to help you meet the australian taxation law compotent of the education requirements for registering as a tax agent (conditions apply).

Please refer to the TPB website for registration requirements.

CTA1 Foundations contributes to 30 hours of structured CPD.


You will receive student membership benefits for the duration of the course, as well as complimentary access to the following online publications from our business alliance partners:

  • Australian Tax Handbook, Thomson Reuters
  • Australian Master Tax Guide, CCH Australia Limited.

Entry requirements

There are no enforced prerequisites for enrolling in CTA1 Foundations.

This course is recommended to you if you are interested in gaining entry level skills that enable you to perform common compliance tasks when working with tax agents, accounting firms or corporations.

Course fees¹

Early bird enrolment: $1,200²

Late enrolment: $1,320²

Assessment only: $660²

Membership pathway


Academic pathway

CTA2 Advanced

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To contact our Education Division, submit a course enquiry, call
+61 2 8223 0038 or email to discuss your personal education requirements.

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¹Course fees are quoted in AUD and are subject to change without notice. An additional $100 is charged for candidates located outside of Australia.

²Fee is exclusive of GST.

³Fee is inclusive of GST.

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