Tax Agent Program

The qualifications to register as a tax agent



The qualifications to register as a tax agent

Registration as a tax agent with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) ensures that tax agents:

  • have the qualifications and experience required to provide tax agent services
  • meet the TPB 'fit and proper' requirements
  • have appropriate professional indemnity insurance cover to protect consumers.

The Tax Agent Program allows you to satisfy the first of the requirements listed above to register as a tax agent. Depending on your prior qualifications, you may be required to complete a Course in Australian Tax Law and/or a Course in Commercial Law approved by the TPB. Our Tax Agent Program comprises both of these TPB approved courses.

You must contact the TPB to determine what their requirements for you will be. We suggest you view the TPB website: Registering as an individual tax agent.

You'll learn
  • How to explain the basic structure of tax and compliance obligations
  • The ethics and professional responsibilities of a tax professional
  • How to advise on the tax impacts of commercial & property transactions.
  • Subjects6
  • Credit Points36
  • LevelIntroductory - Advanced
  • Cost$1,690 per subject
  • CPD30 hours per subject
  • DeliveryOnline
  • Study Length1-2 years part-time
  • Study Periods3 per year



The Tax Agents Program provides the knowledge to deal with common compliance issues and skills to keep pace with the changing tax landscape as well as prepare you for your tax agent licence.

To complete the subjects in the Tax Agent Program candidates must meet minimum English language requirements if the language of instruction for your 6 years of secondary education was not English. 

Course in Australian Taxation Law

Course in Commercial Law

TPB approved Course in Taxation Law program structure (3 study periods per year) 

  • CTA1 - First Study Period (12 Weeks)
  • CTA2A - Second Study Period (12 Weeks)
  • CTA2B - Third Study Period (12 Weeks)

TPB approved Course in Commercial Law program structure (3 study periods per year) 

  • CommmLaw 1 - First Study Period (12 Weeks)
  • CommLaw 2 - Second Study Period (12 Weeks)
  • CommLaw 3 - Third Study Period (12 Weeks)

Certain combinations of subject enrolments, up to two subjects per study period, are permitted. It is therefore possible to complete the program in a shorter time-frame.  

Learn more about the TPB qualification and experience requirements here: TPB qualifications and experience summary

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 Higher Education. 

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

Fees are set on a subject by subject basis

  • Standard subject enrolment fee $1,690
  • Early bird discount $100
  • Assessment only subject enrolment fee $1,070

Key dates and fees are subject to change without notice.

View The Tax Institute Higher Education policies

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