CTA Qualification

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) offers the highest level tax qualification in the UK, the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification and you will find all the information you require within this section of this website.

Please note that this section outlines the current CTA qualification structure in place. See the Revised CTA Examination section for more details on the CTA qualification from 2019.


Most typical CTA students complete the modular six exams in two years.  One important point to note is regardless of how quickly students may complete the examinations, the CTA qualification is not awarded until they have three years of relevant professional experience, and have applied to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

The careers section will give you an idea of where the CTA can take you. Gaining the CTA sets you on the right path to a fulfilling career in taxation.

If you have any further queries please go to the contacts page. We would be delighted to hear from you.


Andrew Symons, Chartered Certified Accountant

Winner of The Ronald Ison Medal for the candidate with the highest mark in the Advisory Paper on Taxation of Individuals and The LexisNexis Prize for the candidate with the highest total marks in two Advisory Papers (taken at the same sitting).

" After completing the ACCA and ATT qualifications I chose to undertake the CTA qualification due to its prestige and status within the profession.

The CTA qualification is very highly regarded by employers and clients alike as being the pinnacle of UK taxation education; it well equips an adviser to meet a client’s needs no matter how technically challenging that may be.

I have found the CTA syllabus to be extremely relevant to my day-to-day work and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone working or intending to work in the field of taxation."

Nandeesh Metha, Chartered Certified Accountant

Joint winner of The John Wood Medal for the candidate with the highest mark in the Advisory Paper on Advanced Corporation Tax.

" CTA is an excellent qualification for tax professionals as it covers quite a few technical areas within tax in detail. It brought me up to speed with recent legislation and being able to find your way around the legislation. The Awareness paper is really useful as it brings the main taxes together to give a fuller picture on the varying treatments of a transaction across multiple taxes.

Overall, it also builds your confidence in being able to give a tax opinion and to challenge the tax treatment as appropriate. The study material proves to be an excellent resource for the future and could even be used in training sessions (provided the legislation is still relevant). I would definitely recommend CTA to my colleagues but you have to be prepared to give it the time commitment it needs as it is an extremely hard qualification to attain."

Emma Florentin-Lee, Manager, Citroen Wells

Winner of The Spofforth Medal for the candidate with the highest mark in the Advisory Paper on Inheritance Tax, Trusts & Estates and The Wolters Kluwer Prize for the candidate with the highest distinction mark.


" Studying for the CTA exams has given me a well-rounded knowledge of many areas of taxation while allowing me to specialise in areas which are most useful to me and my career. I feel the syllabi are very practical and the style of the paper felt more ‘real life’ than I expected. There is a clear bias towards producing tax advisors who not only know the tax rules but are able to relay them to a wide range of audiences and apply them to practical situations. I am excited about the opportunities my recent exam success will bring and encourage anyone who is considering taking these exams to take the plunge – Good Luck!."

Aaron Hess, Senior Executive Tax Technical, Moore Stephens

Winner of The Ian Walker Medal for the candidate with the highest mark in the Awareness Paper.

" I found that studying the CTA broadened my knowledge, particularly in areas which I do not see regularly in practice. Studying the CTA was especially helpful in becoming more familiar with the tax legislation and I now feel more readily able to use the legislation as part of my daily work."


Testimonials from Prize Winners - May 2016