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The Chartered Tax Adviser Program

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Program overview

Developed to enhance the performance of all tax professionals, the Chartered Tax Adviser Program is the industry's choice for innovative tax education and training.

The program consists of courses that cover both undergraduate and postgraduate levels  of tax education, and caters for all tax professionals, from new entrants to experienced tax practitioners.

Written, presented and assessed by practising tax experts, the technical breadth and practical relevance of these courses is highly valued by employers as they provide immediate workplace application.

By achieving the Chartered Tax Adviser designation through our CTA3 Advisory Exam, the Institute is committed to propelling tax professionals into the future and onto the global stage.

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Which course is right for you?

The Chartered Tax Adviser Program provides different levels of dedicated education to meet the needs of all tax professionals. The courses build on each other so you can step in or up to the level you need, at a time that suits your needs.

The Chartered Tax Adviser Program

Choose the level that meets your needs:

Course in Australian Taxation Law

Want to meet the Australian taxation law education requirements for registering as a tax agent?

The Course in Australian Taxation Law, approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) as a suitable course in Australian taxation law, is based on the successful completion of the CTA1 Foundations and CTA2 Advanced courses.

Course in Commercial Law

Want to meet the commercial law education requirements for registering as a tax agent?

The Course in Commercial Law, approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) as a suitable course in commercial law, consists of three stand-alone units: CommLaw1 – Australian Legal Systems, CommLaw2 – Entities & Business Structures and CommLaw3 – Property Law.

CTA1 Foundations

Do you want to establish your career in tax?

CTA1 Foundations is the essential course for anyone starting out in their career, including recent graduate accountants, cadets, bookkeepers, and overseas professionals wanting to gain the necessary skills to complete common Australian tax compliance tasks.

CTA 2 Advanced

Do you want to stake your claim in the tax profession?

CTA2 Advanced is the ideal course for those with at least 12 months' tax experience, or if you have a background in accounting or law and wish to specialise in tax. The course provides tax professionals with the skills to manage complex tax affairs and planning issues.

CTA3 Advisory

Do you want to take the next step and become a technical expert in your field?

CTA3 Advisory is designed for tax professionals with at least three years’ tax experience. The course will develop their tax planning and advisory skills across the different tax specialisations by immersing them in the complex tax case studies on which the CTA3 Advisory Exam is based.

CTA3 Advisory Exam

Do you want to join a growing international network?

CTA3 Advisory Exam is the pathway to the global designation and ensures that industry leaders seeking Chartered Tax Adviser status can demonstrate the highest levels of professional tax skills, quality advice and acute commercial skills.

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Why choose the Chartered Tax Adviser Program?

Relevant and practical

The courses are designed and delivered by leaders in the tax field, in close collaboration with a wide pool of tax practitioners to ensure that they are relevant, current and practical.


We understand that you are a busy working professional and require education solutions that allow you to fit your study around your work and personal schedule. A number of study opportunities are offered throughout the year so you can arrange your preferred schedule.

By leaders for leaders

Practising tax experts write, present and assess the courses, allowing you to gain direct access to this influential community of members and tax industry experts.

Highly valued by employers

The technical breadth and practical relevance of these courses are highly valued by employers as they provide immediate workplace application.

Sought after by candidates

Career-minded professionals, who are aware of the broad implications of tax, seek out these courses for both their practical client focus and the recognition they receive on graduating.

Global opportunities

The Chartered Tax Adviser Program allows you to attain the prestigious Chartered Tax Adviser designation. Attaining this status means you will join a network of thousands of Chartered Tax Advisers worldwide who are recognised for their tax expertise on the international stage.


The Tax Institute courses receive recognition from a number of higher education providers, including the University of New South Wales, the Australian School of Taxation & Business Law (Atax) and Curtin University's School of Business Law and Taxation.

The Tax Institute is a TPB approved provider.

In addition to formal university recognition, graduates can receive recognition for qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and CPA Australia.

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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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