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Important: Due to the ever-evolving nature of COVID-19, all Face to Face lectures have been replaced with online lectures.

The Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) designation is an internationally respected mark of technical excellence and professional integrity which is widely recognised as the world’s number one tax credential.. Those carrying this designation have proved themselves to be of the strongest technical and commercial calibre and equipped to provide the most valued tax advice to their clients.

With a tiered structure of learning and outcomes, the Chartered Tax Adviser Program (CTA1 Foundations, CTA2A Advanced, CTA2B Advanced and CTA3 Advisory) is your pathway to attaining this recognition. Completing this program enhances your capabilities to demonstrate a level of knowledge, significant expertise and the skills required to provide the most considered, technically expert and effectively communicated tax advice a client can receive. Program materials are written, presented and assessed by practising tax experts. The topics you will work on are relevant and immediately applicable as you develop, consolidate and enhance your expertise, to launch or progress your career.

On successful completion of the program, and by satisfying Tax Institute membership requirements, you can use the prestigious CTA post-nominals, representing the highest standards for Tax Advisers. Additionally, completing the CTA Program means you are eligible for 6 units of credit, of recognition of prior learning, towards a Master of Tax from the University of New South Wales.

University of New South Wales Master of Tax graduates are exempted from CTA1, CTA2A and CTA2B and can therefore proceed directly to CTA3 Advisory to complete the CTA program.

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.

Scroll to bottom of page for more information on:

  • Entry requirements and learning outcomes
  • Subjects and study modes
  • Recognition
  • Your tax professional instructors
  • Timetable
  • Fees
Subjects: 4
Credit points: 18
Level: Introductory – Advanced
Cost: $1,690 - $2,090 per subject
CPD: 30 hours per subject
Delivery: online
Study Length: 1-2 years part-time
Study Periods: 2-3 per year

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Attain the prestigious Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) designation


Gain skills that are directly applicable to the workplace


Provides exemptions into Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law

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Complete the form with your details to receive an email with expanded program overviews and exclusive sample learning materials.

"[The Tax Institute] balances technical material and practical application, bridging academia with the practice of tax law."

Rachel Vijayaraj, ATI, Brown Wright Stein Lawyers

"The weekly webinars and online study format made it possible to combine the course work and full time work."

Wendy Miller, FTI, Damien Greer

“Studying with The Tax Institute gave me the confidence to understand and tackle detailed tax issues.”

Matthew Coombes, CTA, Borough Australia Pty Ltd

“What I learnt I’m applying every day in my work with clients. The notes I received are my tax bible.”

Lauren Whelan, HLB Mann Judd

“The topic areas provided me with technical and practical knowledge to apply to real-life situations.”

Geoff Tierney, CTA, ESV Chartered Accountants

“The fact that active and highly experienced practitioners are teaching the course content has been invaluable to me.”

Erin Shields, Dixon Advisory


Admission Requirements

A Chartered Tax Adviser Program candidate should: 

1. Hold current membership of The Tax Institute. Fellow membership is required to complete the final subject in the program, CTA3 Advisory. A discounted membership is available at the time of enrolment for all new members which expires on 30 June following the enrolmentFind 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. 

Program subjects and delivery modes

Course in Australian Tax Law

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. 

Delivery modes

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. Distance learning delivery involves self-directed learning utilising online learning assets and interactive sessions. 
  • Intensive delivery. The 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 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. 

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. 

Recognition of prior learning and advanced standing

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) 

RPL is a process for providing candidates credit for learning or qualifications completed before your enrolment with The Tax Institute. 

To apply for RPL (fee $165), please complete the RPL form. Evidence of your qualifications will need to be provided with this application. 


Advanced standing 

Advanced standing is a process of transferring credits from subjects you have previously completed with The Tax Institute. To apply for advanced standing (no fee applies), please complete the advanced standing form. 


Timetable (PDF)

Call us at 1300 TAX EDU (1300 829 338) or email us.

Fees & Policies

Chartered Tax Adviser Program
Fees are set on a subjects by subject basis and are shown in the table:

New members fee  


Learning with The Tax Institute is a service available to members only.  To enrol in a program or subject it is a requirement to become a member of The Tax Institute at the time of enrolmentThe initial, new member fee covers the period to the next 30 June and is inclusive of GST.  

Standard subject enrolment fee 


Early bird discount 


CTA3 Advisory subject enrolment fee 


Early bird discount 


Assessment only subject enrolment fee




Key dates and fees are subject to change without notice.  View our knowledge & learning policies.