Introducing the Chartered Tax Adviser Program
From 2013, The Tax Institute will be implementing a new program - the Chartered Tax Adviser Program - that will enhance the existing Tax Education Program.
The Chartered Tax Adviser Program, based on the previous Tax Education Program, will focus on enhancing the performance of tax professionals through practical training and education. The program is delivered and developed by practitioners, and highly regarded by employers as their tax education of choice.
The new program offers a staircase to Chartered Tax Adviser status.
- Why is the Tax Education Program changing?
- What's changed?
- What's the same?
- What's new?
- Information for new and existing candidates
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With the introduction of the new Chartered Tax Adviser designation - a globally recognised designation for members of The Tax Institute - the Chartered Tax Adviser Program is designed to step candidates through each course in the critical first years of their employment in a tax role, as well as provide a pathway through the different levels of membership of The Tax Institute, with the final goal the globally recognised Chartered Tax Adviser designation.
Consisting of three courses, including the pinnacle CTA3 Advisory Exam, the program is now more closely aligned with work experience levels as proposed by the regulator, and The Tax Institute’s levels of membership. Catering for all tax professionals, from new entrants to the experience and career-minded tax practitioners, these practical courses will develop real-life skills that can be applied at work.
The enhancements to the program will achieve the desired outcome of providing graduates of The Chartered Tax Adviser Program with the skills, as well as industry status and recognition, that is required to become a highly valued member of the tax profession.
The Chartered Tax Adviser Program will consist of:
|The Tax Education Program||The Chartered Tax Adviser Program|
|Certificate in Foundation Tax||CTA1 Foundations|
|Certificate in Applied Tax||CTA2 Advanced|
|Diploma of Australian Taxation Law||Course in Australian Taxation Law|
|Diploma of Advanced Tax||CTA3 Advisory|
CTA2 Advanced (formerly the Certificate in Applied Tax)
The assessment for this course will include an exam, which tests the core topic areas, as well as an assessment at the course conclusion that tests the specialist topics to be researched. Assessment tasks are designed to replicate what candidates are called upon to complete competently in real-life.
CTA3 Advisory (formerly the Diploma of Advanced Tax)
CTA3 Advisory will feature a wider range of topics in the case study selection and assessment options.
The CTA3 Advisory Exam is also a stand-alone offering for candidates who want to achieve Chartered Tax Adviser status, and who have the sufficient skills and knowledge to undertake this assessment only pathway. The open-book written exam replaces the oral presentation format and takes 3 hours 15 minutes. Candidates prepare for the exam by writing a response to a scenario and then in the exam address a late breaking fact on that scenario.
CTA2 Advanced and CTA3 Advisory courses now require candidates to confirm their experience by referring to particular work and employment experience as pre-requisites as part of the application process.
All courses now require candidates to self-assess against the topics of each module to ensure they are aware of the breadth of learning the course will present to them. Assessment tasks relate to core areas of knowledge and skill as well as testing specialist areas through research.
Membership of The Tax Institute is now a pre-requisite for enrolling in CTA2 Advanced and CTA3 Advisory courses, with courses also including defined membership pathways on successful completion and required experience levels. These include:
|The Chartered Tax Adviser Program||Membership Pathway|
|Course in Australian Taxation Law||Fellow|
|CTA3 Advisory and CTA3 Advisory Exam||Chartered Tax Adviser|
Developed and delivered by tax practitioners
All our courses will continue to be designed and developed by leading industry practitioners.
Tax Practitioners Board approved courses
Our Course in Australian Taxation Law will continue to provide a Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) approved qualification in Australian taxation law.
Tax education for your career
The Chartered Tax Adviser Program courses will continue to progressively build on each other so you can step in or up to the level you need, at the time that suits your needs.
Course fees will remain the same as under the Tax Education Program.
Assessment loads for all courses will also remain unchanged.
Chartered Tax Adviser status
With our Chartered Tax Adviser designation, achieved through our CTA3 Advisory course and its CTA3 Advisory Exam, the Institute is committed to propelling tax professionals into the future and onto the global stage.