Key Benefits

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.

TPB approved course

This course meets the Tax Practitioners Board’s (TPB) 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 FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting to meet the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) education requirements. Alternatively, the FNS60215 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.

Government funding

If you study this course bundled within our FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting or FNS60215 Advanced Diploma of Accounting, and you live in Victoria, you may be eligible for government funding for either course. To see if you are eligible, please click here.

Course Accreditation

In total, you need to complete six nationally recognised units of competency to be awarded the Tax Agent Certification Course. The units of competency in this course are nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).


Module 1

Australian taxation law

Module 2

Commercial law

Course Assessments

Assessment formats include:

If you wish to complete the certification, you’ll need to complete the additional exams to meet the TPB requirements.

The Tax Agent Certification (TAC) exams are quizzes and short response written exams. There is an exam for both Australian Tax Law and Commercial Law. These must be completed under independent supervision.

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.

Further requirements for becoming a registered tax agent

Want to become a registered tax agent? In addition to this qualification, you’ll need to:

For full details, check out the TPB page on registering as a 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 FNS60215 Diploma of Accounting, or FNS60215 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.

Course Prerequisites

There aren’t any formal prerequisites. But 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?

We may be able to take into account relevant knowledge and skills you’ve possibly gained through previous formal or informal training, education and employment. To find out more, refer to our Student Information Guide 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

Is there a maximum course completion time?

Yes; one year for the whole course. You must complete each module within six months.

Is there a minimum course completion time?


What is the average course completion time-frame?

Students who are highly motivated and well organised can often complete the full course in four to seven months. The key factors that influence course completion are a student’s work experience, time availability, and how fast they work.

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

$1,495 (Total)

Payment options include electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card (MasterCard or Visa), cheque or cash.

Meet your trainers

Industry experts and thought leaders.
Simon Slade-Betts
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
– Chinese Proverb et al

I’m the Accounting/Bookkeeping Course Co-ordinator, and a trainer and assessor, here at Monarch Institute. I’ve got quite a few years’ experience as an accounting trainer and assessor with Australia’s largest RTO colleges.

As a Certified Practising Accountant (Fellow), I’ve got over 37 years’ accounting and business experience. I’ve worked both locally and overseas, across diverse industries, with some of the world’s largest multinational corporations. In these roles I have held directorships, senior financial management and company secretarial positions. This means I’ve had responsibility for all aspects of accounting and finance.

My experience in accounting and finance is complemented by more than 18 years’ involvement in the IT industry. I’m still working in the industry, with Australia’s leading software provider, to deliver specialised business software training to business operators in the SME sector.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

The opportunity to help make the world a better place through helping educate and encourage learners and business operators achieve their goals and consequently improve the living standards of millions of people worldwide. But just before I do all of that, I’m a coffee lover, so the enticement of a great morning coffee also helps a lot!

Michelle Dascal
"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 four 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
"No choice we can make as a nation lies between our history and our geography. We can hardly change either of them. They are immutable. The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future."
- Hon Paul Keating

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant. I started out with the large chartered practice Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Since then I’ve built 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 also got a track record of similar roles in a volunteer capacity in the local community; I’m the treasurer of two community organisations. I am particularly interested in assisting and guiding students in the financial services arena with their studies and career development.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I lead a busy and involved life, although more and more I’m reliving my childhood through the activities of my son Oskar! Together with my wife and Oskar, 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!

Karen Alpen
"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart"
– Eleanor Roosevelt

I’m a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Financial Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Management. With fifteen years of experience teaching accounting and bookkeeping as a part-time lecturer at a University and TAFE, I’m still loving my job.

I started my accounting career in Sydney with one of the world’s largest accounting firms, and had ten years of experience working in both the public and commercial accounting professions prior to commencing teaching. I understand the challenges of studying online, having gone back to university as a mature age student to complete an online Bachelor of Science. I’m now undertaking a Master of Science (Bioinformatics) at Melbourne University, so I empathise with students juggling work, family and study commitments.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

The long list of jobs I have to do each day… family, pets, work, study! When there is a spare moment, I enjoy walking, cycling, reading (not just textbooks!), fiddling around in the garden and painting/sketching.

Rochelle Park
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
– Albert Einstein

I have enjoyed a career in the bookkeeping and accounting industry for over 16 years, and I’m proud to have owned several successful small businesses during that time. As a qualified and Practicing BAS Agent, I bring a solid and first hand understanding of the bookkeeping space and the technologies that support business processes. I’m is passionate about working with students, supporting them on their learning journey into successful careers as bookkeepers and accountants.

I also mentor bookkeepers working toward registering as BAS agents as they acquire their required hours in a supervised environment. I’m passionate about lifelong learning and improving what I can offer my students, which is part of why I’m also completing the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Deakin University.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

Family life and the enjoyment of helping others (with a strong cup of black coffee in hand) are great enticers for me to spring out of bed every day. I enjoy a busy and fun family life with my four young adult children and my partner, kayaking on the beautiful Port Phillip bay or just reading a fiction book reclined.

Jenny Hargreaves
"Believe you can and you’re halfway there."
– Theodore Roosevelt

I’m a registered BAS agent, holding vocational and tertiary qualifications in bookkeeping, accounting, training and psychology. I’ve had 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry. This has included multiple roles for a large Australian bank and a small Australian regional bank. I run my own bookkeeping company in NSW alongside my role as a trainer here at Monarch Institute.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

Nothing. I’m not a morning person! Once the first espresso of the day kicks in it all changes. As the ‘pawrent’ of two adorable dogs, I adopt their outlook on life. That is, live in the moment and always have a good stretch before doing anything. I enjoy singing really, really loud, living by the motto ‘just because I can’t sing, doesn’t mean I won’t’.

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Tax Agent Certification Course

  • Get the prescribed skill set in Australian taxation and commercial law
  • Add to your Diploma of Accounting to become a registered tax agent
  • Fit your study around your busy schedule
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Duration Up to one year
How it works Study online. With a difference.
Price $1,495
Career opportunities Registered tax agent
Course topics Two modules
Accreditation Six units of competency | Nationally recognised
Course trainers Industry experts and thought leaders.

Registered tax agent (criteria applies)


No formal prerequisites | RPL available | Some equipment needed

Assessments Multiple small assessments | Short exams for Tax Agent Certification (TAC) - optional
Start date Immediately, or whenever you’re ready.
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Payment Options There are two ways you can pay for your course...
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