Level 7 Apprenticeship

Level 7 Trailblazer Taxation Professional Apprenticeship Standard in England

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is an approved assessment organisation for the Level 7 Taxation Apprenticeship (click here to find out more). This Apprenticeship is an employer-designed standard in England, which offers a route to become a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

All of the Professional Bodies included within the Level 7 Standard have been incorporated by Royal Charter and are Chartered Bodies. They have an obligation to maintain standards in the public interest and as such they are subject to significant oversight and independent scrutiny.

Students can also study for the ACA CTA Joint Programme as part of the Level 7 apprenticeship. Click here for more information.

How does the Level 7 Apprenticeship work?

It is anticipated that candidates will typically complete the Apprenticeship in 36 months but this may vary due to prior qualifications and relevant work experience.

There are two elements to the Level 7 End-Point Assessment (EPA).  All Level 7 apprentice must sit and pass the CTA Application and Professional Skills (APS) case study exam.  The APS case study exam is available to sit in May and November each year.

The second element is to complete the Project Report.  For full details on the requirements for the Project Report, please click here to download our Level 7 Guidance document. 

To view examples of a good pass of the Project Report, please see below:

Sample Script 1

Sample Script 2

Please click here for details of the Level 7 Standard showing the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours for the Accountancy/Tax Professional Apprenticeship.

Key dates and deadlines

For the Level 7 Taxation Apprenticeship, there will be two EPA sessions a year, in May and November.  All EPA sessions align with the CTA Application and Professional Skills (APS) case study exam sessions.

                                EPA session 1 (May 2021)

Submission window opens 10 May 2021
Submission window closes 31 May 2021
Results 4 August 2021


                              EPA session 2 (November 2021)

Submission window opens 29 October 2021
Submission window closes 19 November 2021
Results 17 February 2022


The Project Report template document to fill in ahead of May 2021 has been sent to all training providers, so please contact them for a copy of the template document which shows the questions that you need to complete for the Project Report for the EPA session 1. Once completed, you need to email it to ciotapprentice [at] ciot.org.uk. Details of the Lead Project Report Assessor's report for the November 2020 session can also be found here.

Once an apprentice has successfully completed both elements of the EPA, the CIOT informs IfATE (The Insitute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education) who then issue the certificate.  Please note the CIOT has no control over the timing of when the certificates are issued and please contact IfATE directly if you have any queries on this.

Costs for the Project Report

The price is £390 for a Project Report to be marked and a result issued.

If an apprentice is unsuccessful, the cost is £135 for a resubmitted Project Report to be marked and a result issued.

Level 7 Apprenticeship Funding

Employers with a pay bill over £3 million each year pay the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill. 

  • Employers who pay the levy can pay for the Apprenticeship programme through their digital account.
  • Non-levy payers are eligible to receive up to 95% funding through co-investment with a government backed scheme.  For more information on co-investment, we would recommend you contact the training providers. 

The funding cap for this Level 7 Apprenticeship Standard is £21,000.  

Level 7 Training Providers (listed alphabetically)

Level 7 Apprenticeship Resources