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The Tax Institute’s preferred method of developing curriculum is to consult with employers on the skills they need in their firms.

By having a detailed understanding of what the end point (that is, the desired skill set) is, the course development can then “backfill” to ensure that graduates exit the course with those skills.

This method of curriculum development is known as “DACUM”.

DACUM is an acronym that stands for Developing a Curriculum. DACUM is a process that has been used for over 40 years to conduct job analysis in every field imaginable all over the world. It is primarily used to create and update training and education programs. 

It is unique in the sense that expert workers are used to determine curriculum, rather than having curriculum selected by instructors, college professors, or training managers. By making the workers the experts, DACUM narrows the gap between what is typically taught in classes and what workers actually need to know to achieve excellence in the workplace.

A common issue for members is access to practical education. In order to deliver an education program of this style, we have explored (and continue to explore) just what practical education means to ensure that we deliver the skills that the tax profession requires. One of the ways we have achieved this is to call on practitioners to contribute as authors, reviewers, teachers and examiners.

As providers of professional education, membership bodies have a close relationship with, and a vested interest in, practising experts — perhaps even more than an academic institution, although both types of entities have a rightful place in a tax student’s life.


Our students learn skills that can be directly applied in a working tax environment and about tax trends and topics that reflect the most up-to-date legislation and regulations. Often our contributors comment that their efforts with the education program assist them in keeping up to date with ever changing tax laws, finding new ways of resolving client issues, and learning from the ingenuity of the next generation of practitioners.

This sentiment was echoed in the 2017 candidate satisfaction survey results showing that over 94% of tax practitioners said the subject studied covered knowledge applicable to their workplace and over 96% would recommend it to a friend.

In addition to the practical outcome of our education program, our subjects are designed to meet the
regulatory requirements of Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB). This means students can use their prior learning to interchange between The Tax Institute education program and other approved and accredited higher education providers.

Add qualifications to your bow that are recognised by CA ANZ, CPA and leading universities and develop skills specifically sought by employers in the tax profession.

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