Higher Certificate in Tax Administration

Gain knowledge of applicable tax administration policy and relevant tax legislation with the certificate in taxation. Apply this practical knowledge and offer your expertise 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 Higher Certificate in Tax Administration is a one year programme that prepares students for employment in tax administration. The programme provides students with the framework for understanding tax administration and covers basic individual and business taxation.

The purpose of the 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.

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers looking to pursue a career in tax administration.
  • Individuals who are currently in employment within a tax environment and wish to advance their careers.


Completion of the Higher Certificate meets the minimum entry requirement for admission to an appropriate Advanced Certificate. A Higher Certificate may also allow access to an appropriate Bachelor’s degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning. Each module is delivered over a 5 week period.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Tax Clerk and Consultant
  • Tax Administrator
  • Bookkeeper

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Tax Administration and Tax Policy
  • Introduction to Taxation for Individuals
  • Basic Accounting
  • Business Communication
  • Introduction to Taxation for Business Entities
  • Statutory Tax Returns
  • Elementary Economics

Elective – Choose one of the following electives

  • End User Computing
  • Digital Transformation in the Business Environment


  • 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.
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 years.

For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor.

All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA‘s institutional rules.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A Certificate in Taxation is a qualification for tax professionals. It is designed to assist these professionals with additional skills and knowledge they need to stay up-to-date and current with emerging tax trends and issues.

While you can become a tax advisor with this type of qualification, there are other opportunities available like income tax specialist, tax administrator and finance controller.

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