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Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Exam Training

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Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Exam Training

Chartered Tax Adviser Qualification Exam Training from Tolley – Distance learning, online & classroom training

The Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) examination is the gold standard of tax qualifications.

Take the Chartered Tax Advisor exam and achieve the gold standard in tax. Our training programme helps you prepare and decide the right route for your specialism.

  • Proven track record for securing exceedingly high pass rates
  • Some of the most well-known and experienced tutors in the country
  • Guaranteed Pass Scheme to keep you motivated and on track

The CTA examination consists of three types of traditional written papers as well as online Computer Based Examinations. To become a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (ClOT), candidates must sit and pass four written papers, two online Computer Based Examinations and have three years of practical experience.

Suitability - Who should attend?

The CTA Qualification is suitable for individuals from all tax disciplines who wish to be recognised as competent and qualified to advise on tax matters.


Candidates must apply for a Confirmation of Eligibility. This is awarded to those who have passed the examinations set by various other professional bodies, for example the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. More details are contained in the CTA prospectus on the CIOT website.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Candidates who are successful in the four written papers and two Computer Based Examinations will be eligible for membership of the CIOT and able to use the title Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) (subject to the experience requirements).

Training Course Content

Tolley offer face-to-face classroom, online and distance learning courses for all of the CTA written papers.

The Advisory Papers

Candidates can choose from:

  • Taxation of Individuals
  • Taxation of Owner Managed Businesses
  • Human Capital Taxation
  • Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
  • Advanced Corporation Tax
  • VAT on UK Domestic Transactions, IPT and SDLT*
  • VAT on Cross Border Transactions and Customs Duties*

*The combination of the two VAT advisory papers are referred to as the CTA Indirect Tax Route.

The Awareness Paper

Candidates can choose from:

  • Taxation of Individuals
  • Taxation of Unincorporated Businesses
  • Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
  • Corporation Tax
  • VAT including Stamp Taxes
  • Accounting*
  • Environmental Taxes, Excise Duty and Stamp Duties*

*Only for students taking the Indirect Tax Route or Tax Pathway

The Application and Interaction Paper

Choose from:

  • Taxation of Individuals, Trusts and Estates
  • Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
  • Human Capital Taxation
  • Taxation of Companies
  • VAT and other Indirect Taxes

Tolley help students to prepare for and pass their two chosen advisory papers, the Awareness paper and the Application & Interaction paper. The two Advisory papers have a number of compulsory traditional long questions. In the Awareness paper candidates must answer short form questions from three modules which do not for part of their chosen advisory papers. Each module has 12 five-mark questions. For the Application & Interaction Paper candidates answer one case study from the choice of five and are expected to choose the one most closely relating to the advisory papers chosen.

Each paper is 3 hours and 15 minutes in length (including 15 minutes of reading time).

The pass mark for each written tax paper is 50%. The results for the written papers are released in July for the May examinations and January for the November examinations.

Tolley also provide detailed guidance for the Computer Based Examinations.

Each Computer Based Examination is a one-hour online examination of multiple choice and multiple response questions, which candidates can sit at any time during the year.

The pass mark for the Computer Based Examination is 60% (30 correct answers out of 50 questions). Candidates receive the results from the Computer Based Examination on the day the Computer Based Examination is attempted.

Candidates must pass the Computer Based Assessments by the closing date for examination entries for the sitting at which they wish to sit their final written paper.


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EC4A 4HH London

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I passed my exams and could not have done so without the support from all the tutors and staff. Jignasha Patel, CTA Student
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