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Tax Agent Certification Course

  • Study online, anywhere and anytime with an award-winning provider
  • Get the prescribed skill set in Australian taxation and commercial law
  • Add to your Diploma of Accounting to become a registered tax agent
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Duration Up to 12 months
How it works Study online. With a difference.
Price $2,550 up front | $117.69 per week (payment plan)
Career opportunities Registered tax agent
Course topics Two modules
Units Five units of competency | Nationally recognised
Course trainers Industry experts and thought leaders.
Pathways Registered tax agent (criteria applies)
Entry requirements Diploma of Accounting | RPL available | Some equipment needed
Assessments Multiple small assessments | Supervised assessments for Tax Agent Certification
Start date Immediately, or whenever you’re ready.
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Key Benefits

TPB Board approved courses

This course comprises TPB approved courses in Australian taxation law and Commercial law, which are required to meet one component of the TPB’s education requirements.

Tax Agent Certification

To become a registered tax agent, you will need to complete this Tax Agent Certification (TAC) module in addition to your FNS50222 Diploma of Accounting to meet the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) education requirements. Alternatively, the FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting automatically includes the TAC module within the course. Our ‘career opportunities’ section outlines the TPB experience criteria required to become a registered tax agent.

Nationally recognised

The units of competency in this course are nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. You may be able to use them as part of a pathway to a university qualification. Before you enrol with us, it’s a good idea to check with the university you’re thinking of applying to as to whether they’ll give you credit for the units you complete.

Access to Sage HandiTax software

When you enrol in this course you’ll get access to Sage HandiTax software. It’s the leading tax preparation software used by the Australian accounting profession.

This software will walk you through preparing tax returns for various entity types including individuals, partnerships, and companies.

Course Accreditation

The Tax Agent Certification course is nationally recognised as the FNSSS00005 Commercial Law for Tax Agents Skill Set and FNSSS00008 Tax Law for Tax Agents Skill Set (Tax documentation).

Please note, FNSACC522 is a prerequisite for FNSACC601.

In total, you need to complete five nationally recognised units of competency.

Module 1

Australian taxation law

TPB codes: MTL001 / MTL002

Module 2

Commercial law

TPB codes: MCL001 / MCL002/ MCL003


Course Assessments

Assessment formats include:

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) requires students to complete online supervised assessments. You will be able to book into a Zoom session where Monarch invigilators will supervise you completing your assessments.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed as a bolt-on option for those who want to work as registered tax agents.

Registered tax agents are professionals who are licensed to prepare and lodge tax returns. They can also provide some other services described as ‘tax agent services by the ATO. Agents have to comply with strict laws about what they can do, and the standard of work they have to maintain. As a registered tax agent, you could help individuals and SMEs (small/medium businesses) to meet their tax obligations and get the best tax return possible.

IMPORTANT: Further requirements for becoming a registered tax agent


The pathway to becoming a registered tax agent requires you to complete this Tax Agent Certification (TAC) module. It also requires you to complete (or have completed) the FNS50222 Diploma of Accounting, or FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting, or equivalent higher accounting qualification. Our Diploma of Accounting allows you to add TAC as an additional module. If you choose our Advanced Diploma of Accounting,  TAC is automatically included in the course.

There are entry requirements stipulated by the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) before becoming a registered tax agent. Please refer to the section above titled ‘career opportunities’ which outlines this.

If you’re looking to study part courses in accounting, Monarch Institute are proud to offer the following part courses:

Our full accounting courses also include:

Entry requirements

We require you to have at least a Diploma of Accounting.

To make sure you get the most out of training with us, the following enrolment process applies:

What equipment will I need?

You will need access to the following equipment to successfully complete the course:

Am I eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or credit transfer?

We may be able to take into account relevant knowledge and skills you’ve gained through previous formal or informal training, education and employment. To find out more, refer to our Student Information Handbook by clicking here, or get in touch with one of our friendly Course Consultants.

Course Topics

You’ll need to study a total of six units, which are spread out over two modules. Here’s what you’ll learn along the way:

Module 1

Australian Taxation Law

Module 2

Commercial Law

Course Duration

What is the average course completion time frame?

This course is designed to be completed within 12 months.

Students who are highly motivated and well organised can complete the full course at an accelerated pace.

The key factors that influence course completion are a student’s experience, time availability, how fast they work and how committed they are!

How it works

Study online. With a difference.

You’ll get:

How does it work?

This course has been developed to give you absolute flexibility. Study on your couch, on public transport, on your break at work, out in the park – wherever and whenever you like. The best part is, with Monarch Institute, ‘online’ doesn’t mean ‘alone’. You’ll be backed by our trainers at every step along the way.

What support will I get?

Your trainer will be happy to contact you via phone, Skype, Zoom, TeamViewer, or email (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). So you definitely won’t feel alone. You’ll also have access to our student Facebook groups, so you can discuss the material with other students. It’s a handy way to stay in touch with trainers and others in the same course.

Do you offer corporate workshops?

Yes. We’re the corporate training partner of choice for several large organisations. Our trainers can also conduct onsite training for groups of six staff or more. Corporate workshops can be scheduled for any location in Australia. Got a new satellite office with staff in need of training? Running a training retreat in an idyllic location (yes please!)? Our trainers can be there.

Corporate workshops are tailored to your organisation’s needs. Get in touch with our friendly course consultants for more information.

Course Price

Upfront payment

$2,550 (Total)

The most cost-effective option. Pay up front and save 20% compared to the total payment plan. Payment options include electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card (MasterCard or Visa), cheque or cash.

Payment plan

$117.69 per week – paid over 26 weeks (Total: $3,060)

This option is suitable for students wanting to manage their cash flow. It’s handy if you want to get started right away, but don’t have the full amount on hand. Payment must be made with MasterCard or Visa.

*Fees and units are subject to change.

Meet your trainers

Industry experts and thought leaders.
Michelle Dascal
Michelle Ma
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
– Albert Einstein

I currently work in a mid-tier accounting firm as a senior accountant, and love it. I have over 8 years’ experience working as a business service accountant and tax consultant. I look after a portfolio of clients across various industries, and that’s really interesting. Observing different sector dynamics at play is fascinating. My skills include preparing financial statements, preparing tax returns, BAS, budgeting, cash flow analysis and tax consulting.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I’m passionate about eating food. I love to try different cuisines in restaurants, and enjoy cooking as well. The bed time discussion generally starts with, ‘…what are we going to eat tomorrow’?

John Deininger
"The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future."
- Hon Paul Keating

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant, with a career in financial services, working with both large and small chartered accounting firms, financial services businesses both in Australia and overseas and a mid-tier industry superannuation fund. I’ve worked in a volunteer capacity in the local community; I’m the treasurer of two community organisations.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I enjoy the year-round wonders of the outdoors so close to Melbourne’s doorstep, while still hanging onto an inner city cosmopolitan life style, hopefully the best of both worlds. A bike, kayak, tent and xc skis are my most treasured possessions!

Leanne Pagano
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think"
- A.A. Milne

I am a registered tax agent with qualifications in Accounting and Training and Assessment.  I have my own small practice that I have been operating for over 10 years.

I’ve worked as a bookkeeper for small/medium businesses to an accountant in CPA firms.  I love sharing my knowledge and passion with students who are new to the field.  I have total understanding and empathy for our students who undertake online studies, fitting in their daily lives with study.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I’m not much of a morning person!  I need my cup of tea to get me going before getting the menagerie of animals fed – dogs, chickens, rabbits, budgie and one lone pigeon that ensure I am up and about.

Karen Loynd
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere”
- Chinese proverb

I am an accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and various teaching qualifications. I have twenty years of experience teaching accounting and bookkeeping courses at a leading TAFE college and I’ve taught online courses for several years.

What makes me jump out of bed in the morning?

Helping people, whether it is students, family, friends or the wider community. I also enjoy tennis and having something fun to do.

Natasha Daraio
"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way"
- John C. Maxwell

I have over 11 years’ industry experience working in various accounting roles – having worked as a tax accountant in private practice, a financial administrator in a solicitors firm and a financial planner in both private practices and in the banking industry. I moved into adult education 10 years ago following the birth of my third daughter and have taught at Gippstafe, Federation Training and Swinburne University.

I love travelling overseas – I’ve been in the lively New Orleans for the St Patrick’s day street party and even skydived on the north shore in Hawaii.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

My three daughters get me up each day! When I’m not busy working, you’ll find me curled up reading a book or asking one of my daughters to do something (for the millionth time!).

Melissa Nettle
Melissa Nettle
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
- Dr. Seuss

Over the past 25+ years I have worked in various roles within the financial services industry including being an Accounting Coordinator and working as a Trainer and Assessor for HR, Accounting, Bookkeeping and Business Administration courses.

I am a proud Mum of three beautiful daughter’s. In fact, I started and completed my accounting degree online whilst on maternity leave so I can relate to the struggles involved with juggling studying full time and being a Mum.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

The need for coffee! Also, every new day presents an opportunity to do something to help me feel fit, healthy and happy.

Any questions? Ask away!