Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Program

Your pathway to becoming a global leader in tax



Program Overview

Skill your way to the world’s number one tax credential: the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) designation. Written, presented and assessed by practising tax experts, topics are relevant and immediately applicable.

Make sure you’re equipped with the skills to make your mark: as a tax professional, financial adviser or leading industry figure in Australia and overseas. With a tiered structure of learning and outcomes, the Chartered Tax Adviser Program can help you launch your career or cement your role.

The Chartered Tax Adviser designation is an internationally recognised and respected mark of technical excellence and professional integrity representing the pinnacle of the profession.

On completing the CTA3 Advisory exam and by satisfying Tax Institute membership requirements, you can use the prestigious CTA post-nominals, representing the highest standards for Tax Advisers. Show you have extensive expertise and a committment to being at the forefront of the profession. Those carrying this designation have proven themselves to be of the highest calibre and equipped to provide the best tax advice. 

You'll learn
  • The key tax compliance requirements, principles and processes
  • How to manage complex tax compliance affairs and planning issues
  • Tax planning and advisory skills across different tax specialisations.
  • Subjects4
  • Credit Points18
  • LevelIntroductory - Advanced
  • Cost$1,690 - $2,090 per subject
  • CPD30 hours per subject
  • DeliveryOnline
  • Study Length1-2 years part-time
  • Study Periods3 per year



A Chartered Tax Adviser Program candidate should:

  1. When undertaking CTA3 Advisory, the final subject in the program, be eligible for Fellowship membership of The Tax Institute. Find out more about membership benefits and resources.
  2. Meet minimum English language requirements if the language of instruction for your 6 years of secondary education was not English. 
  3. Entry to CTA2A Advanced and CTA2B Advanced currently requires 12 months of relevant tax experience.
  4. Entry to CTA3 Advisory currently requires 36 months of relevant tax experience.


Example Program Structure (3 study periods per year):

  • First Study Period (12 weeks) CTA1
  • Second Study Period (12 weeks) CTA2A
  • Third Study Period (12 weeks) CTA2B
  • Final Study Period (12 weeks or 24 weeks) CTA3 Advisory*

*Certain combinations of subjects, up to two subjects per study period, are possible. Recognition for prior learning and Advanced Standing may be available (excluding CTA3 Advisory). *Note that to enrol in the CTA3 Advisory subject, 36 months of relevant Australian tax experience is required. 

Candidate Subject Resources

Resources made available to a candidate (other than assessment-only delivery) vary by subject but generally include: 

  • Access to an online learning portal with learning materials, digital learning assets (micro-learning), online checkpoint tests, assessment preparation resources and practice assessments.
  • Additional resources from the subject sponsors, such as Wolters Kluwer CCH and Thomson Reuters.
  • Email access to a subject convenor for technical questions.
  • Support from our dedicated subject coordinators. 

All programs provide candidates with flexibility in the way they select and experience their learning. Different delivery modes (at the subject level) are available. Digital learning assets (micro-learning) covering key areas of the syllabus for each subject are provided to all candidates (other than Assessment-only).

  • Distance learning delivery involves self-directed learning utilising online learning assets and interactive sessions. 
  • Intensive delivery mode is typically a reduced period of candidate learning using either distance learning or intensive delivery modes (subject dependent). Candidates receive all the regular resources and access to online learning assets. 
  • Assessment-only delivery allows candidates to accelerate their studies by progressing directly to the online assessments for the subject based on prior study, qualifications and experience. 

Prior learning and relevant work experience may mean you are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning in the CTA Program.

Evidence of your qualifications and work experience will need to be provided prior to your enrolment.

When undertaking CTA3 Advisory, the final subject in the program, candidates must be eligible for Fellow membership of The Tax Institute.

Key dates and fees are subject to change without notice.  View The Tax Institute Higher Education policies


Fees are set on a subject by subject basis


Standard subject enrolment fee $1,690 

Early bird discount $100  


CTA3 Advisory subject enrolment fee $2,090 

Early bird discount $100 


Assessment only subject enrolment fee $1,070.


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