Standalone certificates FAQs

The following Frequently Asked Questions are designed to assist international tax practitioners and ADIT students who are interested in obtaining an ADIT standalone certificate.

If you have read the FAQs and still can't find what you're looking for, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Education Team who can assist at info [at] adit.org.uk.

What is the standalone certificate? What modules does it cover?

A standalone certificate is available to any ADIT student who has passed either the Principles of International Taxation module or any one of the five thematic option modules.

You can find detailed information about each ADIT module at www.adit.org.uk/examinationstructure.

How does the standalone certificate compare to the full ADIT qualification?

The standalone certificate is open to all ADIT students, upon successful completion of any of the eligible modules. Full ADIT certification is offered to ADIT students upon completion of three modules.

The standalone certificate also offers a convenient route to certification for professionals working in specialised areas of international tax, such as the taxation of banking activities or transfer pricing, who may pursue the corresponding module long before selecting and passing the two additional modules required to achieve the full ADIT qualification.

Can I still complete ADIT if I apply for a standalone certificate?

Yes! As an ADIT student, achieving a standalone certificate does not affect your eligibility to complete the full ADIT qualification. Indeed, we expect many ADIT students to treat the standalone certificate as a ‘stepping stone’ en route to full ADIT certification.

Will I still receive a certificate when I complete the ADIT qualification?

All ADIT students are recognised as ADIT graduates and receive the ADIT qualification certificate, signed by the President of the CIOT and a member of the ADIT Academic Board, upon completion of their third module. The qualification certificate will continue to be awarded, regardless of whether the individual already holds a standalone certificate.

All other benefits awarded to ADIT graduates, including an invitation to a CIOT Admission Ceremony, are also unaffected by the standalone certificate.

How many standalone certificates can I apply for? Is the standalone certificate time-limited?

Because the standalone certificate is commonly used as a stepping stone to full ADIT certification, it is unlikely that an ADIT student will seek more than two standalone certificates (with the full ADIT qualification certificate being automatically awarded upon completion of the third ADIT module). However, once you have completed ADIT, should you wish to complete additional modules which are eligible for standalone certificates, this option will certainly be available to you!

Once you become eligible for a standalone certificate, you may apply for it at any time. The standalone certificate is not time-limited, although you will need to hold the required ADIT exam pass in order to apply for it, and each ADIT exam pass has a validity period of five years.

I already hold the full ADIT qualification. Can I apply for a standalone certificate?

ADIT graduates and International Tax Affiliates are welcome to apply for a standalone certificate (and, indeed, may choose to sit additional ADIT exams in order to further develop their international tax expertise). When applying for the standalone certificate, you will need to select which of your completed option modules you wish to be recognised on the certificate.

How much does the standalone certificate cost?

Each ADIT standalone certificate costs £50, including special or courier delivery.

How do I apply?

Once you have completed an eligible ADIT module, you will be eligible to apply for a standalone certificate.

To apply, please download and complete the bank transfer payment form and return it to info [at] adit.org.uk (subject: Standalone%20certificate) once you have arranged the bank transfer; our bank details can be found on the form.