The Chartered Tax Professional (CTP) designation is the undisputed professional credential for persons who typically advise clients on income tax situations.
After completing this comprehensive program, certificants will be prepared to handle almost any individual and small business income tax situation encountered.
Candidates must successfully complete a series of five computer-administered courses in income tax preparation. All courses are offered via the Internet and can be completed anywhere, anytime-24/7 – instructor support is included with each module.
Each course ranges from 30-60 hours, and the program can be completed in 5-10 weeks (one or two lessons per week). The entire program could be completed in less than eight months, but generally students complete the program in 18-24 months.
Candidates are required to take an online exam for each module and need a passing score of 80% or better.
Candidates must meet an experience requirement of working at least two tax seasons (a minimum of 500 hours) as a tax preparer while in the program (prior tax preparation experience will count for experienced tax professionals who test out of the Basic and/or Intermediate courses).
Continuing Education Requirements
Beginning with the year after qualifying as a Chartered Tax Professional, certificants must complete 16 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) annually to maintain their CTP status.
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