AT(SA) membership is a badge of competence, recognising and signalling your professional knowledge and skills to employers and industry at five different levels.
You can apply for AT(SA) membership after completing your first qualification at NQF level 3. Progress through the membership levels when you further your qualifications with us, or your work experience. We support your professional development every step of the way, right up to Diamond membership.
Your AT(SA) badge of competence also reflects a commitment to maintaining and developing skills and knowledge.
Members are required to keep their skills and competence up to date through the AT(SA) and SAICA’s Continuing Professional Development programme.
AT(SA) membership offers access to life-long learning and professional development opportunities, keeping members up to date with the latest skills and knowledge in the profession.
Your development and competence can be recorded by following the CPD cycle (below) at least once every 12 months.
The CPD cycle is a four-stage process in which you:
Your CPD can include any learning activity that is relevant to your current role or career development.
The role of AT(SA) as the Controlling Body
The Tax Administration Act 2011, section 240A , requires tax practitioners to be registered with an approved Controlling Body and with SARS. The AT(SA) as the Controlling Body will ensure that Tax Practitioners hold the minimum academic qualifications and practical experience. The controlling body serves as a conduit to monitor and development, to address and report on misconduct and apply disciplinary procedures.
Who is a Tax Practitioner?
A Tax Practitioner is someone who provides advice to another person related to a Tax Act.
Completes SARS returns on behalf of another person for a fee.
Application requirements Tax Practitioner status
Tax practitioners must have a minimum NQF level 4 qualification and a minimum of 3 years practical experience as set out by AT(SA) as the Controlling Body.
If applicants are approved as tax practitioners and hold an accepted NQF level 4 qualification, an accepted NQF level 5 qualification must be achieved within the following 36 months.
Applicants must have clear credit and criminal records.
Application requirements to acquire Tax Practitioner status
If applicants meet all the above stated requirements, can download the AT(SA) Tax Practitioner skillscheck form here to apply.
Tax practitioner requirements
In order to remain in good standing as a registered Tax Practitioner, you will be required to abide to annual CPD submissions as set out by the AT(SA) as the Controlling Body.
The Professional code of ethics and conduct as set out by the AT(SA) as the Controlling Body must be adhered to.
For more information visit the SARS Tax Practitioners page.