Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

The Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is seen as the gold standard for tax professionals. During the course, you'll develop a thorough knowledge of taxes and have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your specialist area.

BPP Professional Education prepares you for exams that are assessed and awarded by The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). 

Key Information

  • Develop practical skills and knowledge on all aspects of taxation
  • Flexible options allow you to study how, when and where you want - now including BPP Online Classroom Live
  • Pass rates consistently higher than the national average
  • Ongoing support whether you are taking a taught course or distance learning
  • Expert tutors dedicated to helping you pass your exams
To book call admissions:033 3122 4045

Our experienced tutors, market leading materials, flexible study options and extensive library of online lectures combine to deliver outstanding pass rates. Choose from in centre courses or study via our award-winning Online Classroom Live courses, or mix and match to study at a time to suit you. Watch online lectures in your own time and catch up on anything you’ve missed.

Our Lifetime Pass Assurance Scheme guarantees your peace of mind – if you fail, you can keep coming back until you pass!

Your choice of CTA papers depends on what you’re doing now and what you’re planning on doing in the future. Choose your advisory papers first – this will determine which modules to take at Awareness level. There are three typical direct tax routes to qualification.

The 'General Practice' Route

This is the most popular route through the qualification. It is particularly suited for those who are going to be advising businesses and their owners on all areas of taxation.

These are the papers you need to take if you choose this route:

The 'Corporate Specialist' Route

This is usually the preferred choice for those working in a corporation tax advisory role or those interested in group reorganisations or international aspects of corporate tax.

These are the papers you need to take if you choose this route:

The 'Personal Specialist' Pathway

If you want to work with high net worth individuals, and are interested in trust and estate planning, then you should consider what we call the 'personal specialist' pathway, which will give you more exposure to some of these issues.

These are the papers you need to take if you choose this route:

For the detailed syllabus, information about exemptions and student registration, please see the student section of the CIOT website for more details

Dates and prices

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Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams: £75
Sitting paper exam: £130
Resitting paper exam: £130
Amounts payable to professional body for registration: £150
Exemption entries: £135
Examination entries: £75

Free pass assurance scheme

For added peace of mind, all CTA students and students attempting the CTA joint qualification paper are given free Lifetime Pass Assurance, meaning you can come back on as many courses as you need for the same paper until you pass.

To qualify you need to:

  • Attend a taught and revision course (mixing and matching between in centre and OCR Live is fine)
  • Submit your course exams, pre revision mock exams (if applicable) and revision mock exam(s) by their due date
  • Score at least 30% in the course exams and pre revision mock exams (if applicable) and at least 40% in your mock exam(s)

The Joint qualification allows students to become ICAEW and CIOT qualified quicker and with fewer exams than the traditional ICAEW then CIOT route.

ACA students need to swap the ACA paper “Business Planning Taxation” for the CTA paper “Taxation of Major Corporates” instead. This paper is taken in July and November with the ICAEW Advanced Stage papers. We recommend that this paper is taken at the same time as the ICAEW Corporate Reporting paper (because the tax treatment of some syllabus areas follows the accounts treatment which is covered in this paper).

After this, students will then only need to complete the CTA ethics computer based assessment and then one other paper from a choice of the CTA Advisory or Application & Interaction papers (except Advisory – Advanced Corporation Tax) to become CTA qualified. We generally recommend the Advisory – Taxation of Owner Managed Businesses paper due to syllabus overlap.

The Taxation of Major Corporates paper is included in our Lifetime Pass Assurance scheme, so if you fail, you can keep coming back until you pass. See our lifetime Pass Assurance tab for more details.

BPP will be offering taught and revision courses for the Taxation of Major Corporates paper for the 2015 sittings in the London centre and via OCR Live. Please see our Dates and Prices section for more details.

For more details, including how to register as a joint qualification student, please see the CIOT or ICAEW websites.

Online Classroom Live

Our award winning Online Classroom Live is ideal if you like the discipline and motivation of a structured and timetabled course and can commit to scheduled sessions delivered by one of our expert tutors. You can study wherever you have internet access and as the live, interactive sessions are all recorded you can watch any you miss. You are also supported by a library of online content which includes a comprehensive suite of online lectures.


Institute material and Legislation

In addition to the course materials, there are a number of other books you will need.

Institute materials

For some papers, the Institute produce a study text. Where this happens, the cost of this material is included in the price of your courses and it will be included in the material we send you or hand out.

Legislation

You are allowed to take in a complete set of either the Tolley Legislation (the yellow and orange books) or the CCH legislation (the red and green books) into the exam. These books can be purchased directly from the supplier by using the discounted forms below and the legislation can also be accessed online (although not in the actual exam).

If you missed out this time, you don't have to give up. You can keep coming back for a free course until you pass with Lifetime Pass Assurance.

Some of our OCR Live revision courses run in the evenings from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, so they are ideal for re-sit students who don't have much holiday or study leave available. They are delivered live over the internet at scheduled times and they are fully interactive - you can see your tutor in real time, ask questions, get instant tutor feedback, interact with your fellow students via online forums and re-watch or catch up on any live lectures you miss – just a few of the reasons BPP's OCR Live was voted "study resource of the year" by PQ Magazine. All of our OCR Live revision courses are recorded for maximum flexibility.

Our CTA courses are highly flexible, enabling you to study in the way that's most convenient and effective for you. We offer courses in our London centre and via Online Classroom Live.

Choose to study In Centre Face to Face and benefit from :

  • Structured learning
  • Face to Face support
  • Interaction with your tutor and other students
  • A comprehensive suite of online resources, including online lectures
  • Free Lifetime Pass Assurance

Choose to study Online Classroom Live and benefit from:

  • Structured learning
  • Interactive online support
  • Interaction with your tutor and other students
  • A comprehensive suite of online resources, including online lectures

Free Lifetime Pass Assurance

For added peace of mind, all CTA students and students attempting the CTA joint qualification paper are given free Lifetime Pass Assurance, meaning you can come back on as many courses as you need for the same paper until you pass.

To qualify you need to:

  • Attend a taught and revision course (mixing and matching between in centre and OCR Live is fine)
  • Submit your course exams, pre revision mock exams (if applicable) and revision mock exam(s) by their due date
  • Score at least 30% in the course exams and pre revision mock exams (if applicable) and at least 40% in your mock exam(s)

Entry requirements

You will usually be eligible to sit the CTA exams if you have passed one of the following prior qualifications:

  • The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • The Institute of Indirect Taxation (IIT)


Students who have passed various Inland Revenue or HMRC internal training examinations will also be eligible. In addition, there are a number of other examinations or courses which provide eligibility. For further information, see the CTA prospectus on the CIOT website for further information.

Complete an application form or call 020 3131 4331.

Key dates

The following dates are the key dates for the CTA exams.

May exams  
Registration with CIOT End of October
Exam entry End of February
Exam May
Results July







October exams  
Registration with CIOT End of April
Exam entry End of August
Exam November
Results January

Exemptions

The CIOT offer a number of exemptions depending on your prior qualifications.

Please see the CTA prospectus for further information on registration, exam entry, exemptions and details of the fees payable.

Study locations

You can study for your CTA face-to-face at any one of the following study centres: