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Navigating the tax qualification landscape

Are you considering taking a tax qualification but aren’t quite sure where to start?  The good news is that there are professional tax qualifications available to suit all levels of knowledge and experience as you can see below:


Experience level



Looking to kick start a career in tax


Already working in tax


Experienced tax professional



Foundation Qualifications








Joint Programmes






It’s worth considering where you are in your career, where you’d like to get to, and what area of work that you’re currently in.  For example, if you’re just starting out in tax, or trying to decide if it’s the right career path for you, then the Foundation Qualifications are a great choice.  These are four bite-size introductory qualifications which are fully online and can be studied at any point during the year.  An ideal way to dip your toe in the water and see if you want to go on and do further tax qualifications.

ATT and CTA are the most well-known qualifications in the UK tax industry. ATT is appropriate for those who undertake tax compliance work and the CTA qualification ensure successful candidates are capable of giving the very high standard of taxation advice expected of a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Alternatively, you may be thinking of doing another qualification after becoming CTA qualified.  In this case, the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) would be a natural choice as it is geared towards senior level tax professionals and managers looking to enhance their tax career.

There are lots of other options too, such as undertaking one of the qualifications as part of an apprenticeship, or even doing a Joint Programme where you can gain either the ACA or ICAS accountancy qualification alongside the CTA qualification, so you ultimately become dual-qualified.

Tolley Exam Training has been offering training courses for all of the professional tax qualifications since 2003 and we’re here to support students at all stages of their career with best-in-class tutors and flexible study options.  As the only organisation to focus exclusively on professional tax training, you can rest assured that we are experts in our field.

To find out more about the different qualifications and study options visit, or if you’d like to speak to someone about which choice is best for you then contact our Client Services team on 020 3364 4500 or email

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