The Certified Tax Adviser Qualification (CTax) Qualification is awarded by The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA). The development of this qualification has been funded by CPA Ireland Skillnet.

To gain the qualification participants must complete an Assignment and final Exam. The assignment will consist of a written report of no more than 3500 words providing tax advice on particular issues which will have been covered in the course.  The final exam will consist of a three hour restricted open book exam. 

The designation of Certified Tax Adviser (CTax) is awarded on successful completion of the Special Purpose Certificate in Advanced Taxation Planning and Advice. This QQI validated programme is placed at Level 8 on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and consists of 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits and is in line with European higher education standards


On successful completion of the course participants will be awarded the Certified Tax Adviser (CTax) Qualification Certificate. This Certificate may be renewed annually, based on the following renewal requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 5 hours tax related structured CPD, in the relevant year. These hours will form part of the holders overall CPD requirements.  
  2. Payment of an annual Certificate renewal administration fee of €50. 

Further Details on Certificate Renewal Policy can be found here

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