PhP 3,000

per Level


PhP 4,000

per Level


CTA Level 1

Registered Income Taxation Practitioner

CTA Level 2

Registered Business and Transfer Taxation Practitioner

CTA Level 3

Certified Tax Accountant

This professional field of accounting practice is greatly in demand on account of compliance to government regulatory rules. The various skills covered by this certification includes that of income taxation, estate tax, donor’s tax, excise and documentary stamp taxes, value added tax, percentage tax, local government tax, special taxation, and preferential taxation.

The more important part of this certification is the proven ability of the holder to accomplish applicable tax forms relating to reportable economic transactions in accordance with the prescribed rules and laws and their respective remedies thereof. A holder of the CTA professional title gives assuring confidence to the client of the practitioner’s competence in handling tax matters at the most beneficial results to the tax paying party within the ambit of laws, rules, and procedures.

This lucrative practice of professional accountant is engaging and distinctively a professional practice in the fields of law and accounting.

Benefits of CTA
  • Entitlement to the post initial, RITP, RTTP, and CTA.
  • Membership I.D. with designation as

— Registered Income Taxation Practitioner
— Registered Business and Transfer Taxation Practitioner
— Certified Tax Accountant.

  • Certification of Membership.
  • Right to use the APPA Member logo.
  • Participation and involvement in the association activities.
  • Other rights, privileges, and recognition provided by the association derived from such entitlement and membership.

About APPA

The Asia Pacific Professionals Association (APPA) Foundation, Inc. is the sanctuary of all professionals best known for their objectivity, integrity, and competence. It provides an encouraging venue for members to continuously scale up their level of expertise and maturity. Further, it serves as a platform for accomplished professionals to express and share their immeasurable experiences into training designs and contents that apprentices shall benefit.

Course Outline

Registered Income Taxation Practitioner

Fundamentals of Taxation

  • Principles of Taxation
  • Tax Remedies

Income Taxation

  • Taxpayer and tax base
  • Gross income

– Inclusions in the gross income
– Exclusions/exemptions from gross income
– Income from compensation
– Income from business
– Passive income subject to final withholding tax
– Capital gains

  • Deductions from gross income

– General type of Deductions
– Non deductible expenses
– Special type of Deductions

  • Accounting periods
  • Accounting methods
  • Tax return preparation and filing and tax payments
  • Withholding taxes (at source, expanded or creditable withholding tax, final withholding taxes and withholding tax on government payments)
  • Compliance Requirements

Effective Communication to Stakeholders

  • Tax Function
  • Tax Strategy

Code of Professional Ethics

  • Code of Professional Ethics for Tax Practitioners in the Philippines

Registered Business and Transfer Taxation Practitioner

VAT, Percentages, Documentary, and Excise Taxes

  • Value Added Tax
  • Percentage Taxes
  • Excise Tax
  • Documentary Stamp Tax

Transfer Taxation

  • Introduction to Transfer Tax

– Types of Transfer
– Rule in Transfer Taxation
– Non-Taxable Transfer

  • Estate Tax

– The Concept of Succession
– Gross estate
– Deductions allowed to estate
– Estate Tax Credit
– Estate Tax Preparation, Filing, and Payment

  • Donor’s Tax

– Introduction to Donation and Donor’s Tax
– Gross gift
– Deductions from gross gifts
– Donor’s Tax Credit
– Donor’s Tax Preparation, Filing, and Payment

Certified Tax Accountant

All topics covered in Level 1

All topics covered in Level 2

Taxation Under the Locasl Government Code

  • Fundamentals of LGU Taxation
  • LGU Taxation Practices

Special Taxation

  • Special Economic Zone Act
  • Omnibus Investments Code (Book 1 of Executive Order 226)
  • Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) Act
  • Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs)

Preferential Taxation

  • Senior Citizens Law
  • Magna Carta for Disabled Persons

Tariff and Custom Code

  • Law and Organization

– Substantive Aspect of Tariff and Customs Law
– Functions of the Bureau of Customs
– Functions of the Tariff Commission

  • Procedures and Valuation

International Taxation

  • ASEAN Tax System
  • Selected International Taxation
  • Multinational Transfer Pricing
  • Offshore Business Units

How to Get Certified


Register for the CERTS training to gain access to learning resources such as video lectures, study notes, exercises, and assessments.
Attend the live Online Mentoring Session (OMS) as schedule to further refine your preparation.

Simulation Exam

Take the Simulation Examination (SimEx) as scheduled. It comprises of sixty (60) questions for three (3) hours. A learner must earn a rating of at least 35/60 to qualify for the Actual Examination. A learner who failed the SimEx may retake on the next schedule for a minimal fee.


Qualified candidates shall be indorsed for the CTA examination as scheduled. The examination comprises of sixty (60) questions budgeted for three (3) hours. An examinee must earn a minimum rating of 75% to pass.

Title / Certification

Candidates who passed the CTA examination may now apply for certification with the Asia Pacific Professionals Association (APPA) Foundation.