Higher Certificate in Tax Administration

Gain knowledge of applicable tax administration policy and relevant tax legislation with the certificate in taxation. Be able to apply them in practice and provide assistance to a taxpayer, where necessary.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Taxation courses are online


The MANCOSA taxation courses provide students with a framework for understanding tax administration and covers basic individual and business taxation.

The purpose of this programme is to respond to the needs of industry, government and the private and financial sector in the provision of a qualification in taxation administration.


On completion of the certificate in taxation programme, students will be able to:

  • Obtain and assimilate knowledge appropriate to the practice of taxation and tax administration in the financial and public sectors.
  • Obtain professional and technical skills required in tax administration.
  • Have a broad understanding of financial and accounting concepts and principles and their application in solutions to practical finance and tax problems.
  • Assist in the preparation of financial statements of entities, using relevant financial information, accounting techniques and standards; and to generally explain such financial statements.
  • Understand the general legal framework, and apply specific legal principles relating to business, including tax legislation as applicable to individuals.
  • Describe the organisational context of the tax practitioner and of the development of financial and taxation systems.
  • Understand the need for the efficient use of resources within an organisation.
  • Communicate tax and financial-related information as appropriate in the business, public and corporate sectors.

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Tax Administration and Tax Policy
  • End User Computing/Digital Transformation in the Business Environment
  • Basic Accounting
  • Taxation A
  • Business Communication
  • Taxation B
  • Taxation C
  • Elementary Economics


  • Knowledge Checks
  • Short essay questions
  • Project

Admission requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English
  • It is possible in some cases, to gain entry into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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