Learners of today, leaders of tomorrow: the path to becoming a CTA

Becoming a Chartered Tax Adviser is one of the best ways to build your tax career on a foundation of technical knowledge, analytical ability and resilience to whatever curveballs life may throw at you. And The Tax Institute is the only organisation in Australia that awards a CTA designation. 

Designed and taught by leading tax professionals, our CTA Program is highly practical and applicable to your tax practice. A tiered learning structure and international recognition means whether you are launching a career or cementing one, this course makes for a strong, cross-border tax career. 

We have extended enrolments until 12 July 2020 to allow you the chance to get started on the next stage of your tax career, whatever it may be. And to help you plan for your future and map out your road to success, we’ve broken down the core need-to-knows about the different stages of our CTA Program below. 

CTA1 Foundations 

6 Credit points 

30 CPD hours 

12 weeks of study (6 weeks intensive) 

10 hours study per week 

Online delivery 

$1,690 fee 

CTA1 Foundations is the bedrock of your tax career. Once completed, you will be confident in advising on and preparing individual income tax returns for a variety of clients whilst considering a range of common issues. 

Modules include:

  • Introduction to the Australian tax system 
  • Tax Agent Services Act (TASA) 2009 and The Code of Professional Conduct 
  • Calculating tax payable and assessable income 
  • Deductions 
  • Structures 
  • Goods and services tax  
  • Capital gains tax 
  • Fringe benefits tax

Entry requirements: 

To enrol in this fundamental subject, you’ll need to first be or become a member of The Tax Institute. You’ll also need to be able to meet English language requirements if your 6 years of high school learning was not conducted in English. 

Learn more about CTA1 Foundations, or Enrol Today

CTA2A Advanced 

6 Credit points 

30 CPD hours 

12 weeks of study 

10 hours study per week 

Online delivery 

$1,690 fee 

The next step in your tax career journey, this subject equips you with further tax knowledge, the ability to interpret and apply the tax law in the areas covered and an understanding of how to apply outcomes and solutions for typical client scenarios. It also covers the professional responsibilities you hold as a tax professional. 

Modules include: 

  • TASA 2009 and the Code of Professional Conduct 
  • Tax administration 
  • Capital gains tax (CGT) fundamentals 
  • Small business CGT concessions 
  • Partnerships 
  • Trusts 
  • Superannuation
 

Entry requirements: 

As with the CTA1 Foundations subject, you’ll need to first be a member of The Tax Institute and meet English language requirements if you have previously studied in a language other than English. To enrol in CTA2A Advanced, you’ll also need to: 

  • have completed CTA1 Foundations or an equivalent qualification (contact us for details) 
  • have at least 12 months’ relevant Australian tax or tax law experience 

Learn more about CTA2A Advanced, or, if you’ve already completed CTA1, Enrol in CTA2A Today

CTA education enrolment extension

CTA2B Advanced 

6 Credit points 

30 CPD hours 

12 weeks of study 

10 hours study per week 

Online delivery 

$1,690 fee 

CTA2B Advanced gives you further tax knowledge and the ability to interpret and apply the tax law in the areas covered and an understanding of how to apply outcomes and solutions for typical client scenarios. It also covers the professional responsibilities you hold as a tax professional. 

Modules include:

  • Corporate tax 
  • Goods and services tax 
  • Fringe benefits tax 
  • International tax fundamentals 
  • Tax planning and Anti-avoidance

Entry requirements:

Just like CTA2A, to enrol in CTA2B Advanced, you’ll need to: 

  • be or become a member of The Tax Institute 
  • meet English language requirements if your 6 years of high school learning were not conducted in English 
  • have at least 12 months’ relevant Australian tax or tax law experience 

You’ll also need to have completed have completed both CTA1 Foundations and CTA2A Advanced (or equivalent qualifications – please contact us to find out more). 

Learn more about CTA2A Advanced, or, if you’ve already completed CTA1 and CTA2A, Enrol in CTA2B Advanced Today

CTA3 Advisory 

6 Credit points 

30 CPD hours 

Assessment only option available 

10-14 hours study per week 

Online delivery 

$2,090 fee 

The capstone subject in the Chartered Tax Adviser program, CTA3 Advisory is the final subject in gaining professional recognition with a CTA designation.  

This subject is built around case studies designed to engage with real-world tax problems and intersecting tax law issues, across four tax specialisations: 

  • Small Business CGT 
  • GST 
  • International tax 
  • Corporate tax 
  • Trusts and Small Business CGT Concessions
On successfully completing the CTA3 Advisory subjectyou’ll be able to tackle complex tax issues, apply and interpret taxation legislation, cases, guidelines and procedures, and analyse and evaluate solutions to present to clients in a clear, concise manner. 

Entry requirements: 

To enrol in CTA3 Advisory, you’ll need to be eligible to be a Fellow Member of The Tax Institute and have at least 36 months’ relevant Australian tax or tax law experience 

You’ll also need to have completed CTA1 Foundations, CTA2A Advanced and CTA2B Advanced subjects (or equivalent qualifications) and meet English language requirements if you have previously studied in a language other than English. 

Learn more about CTA3 Advisory or Enrol Today

What is it like completing the Chartered Tax Adviser Program online? 

As we’ve shifted from face-to-face to online learning, we have changed the way we deliver our Chartered Tax Adviser program. 

All candidates that enrol in the program will now benefit from 10 online lectures, each lasting 90 minutes, facilitated by renowned tax experts. Each session will be recorded, allowing you to revisit the session at a time and place most convenient for you. Your final assessment will also be completed online, allowing you to take the exam at a place that suits you best. 

Key benefits of online delivery: 

  • Running more, but shorter sessions, will make it easier for you to retain focus each time you are participating online 
  • Most sessions will take place after work hours, allowing you to balance both work and study commitments 
  • You’ll have more regular contact time with the rest of the cohort, allowing you to learn and ask questions in a community of other students on a weekly basis 
  • You’ll have more Q&A time with the tax experts leading each session 
  • You no longer have to travel to lectures or an assessment centre to complete your exam. It doesn’t matter where you live; you can access webinars and the final assessment remotely, at a place most suited to you. 

Have questions about your tax education? At The Tax Institute, we are dedicated to ensuring you can grow your career and your professional knowledge when and how it suits you. Find out more about our education programs and single subjects or, learn why studying with us sets you on a path to success here. 

 

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