Tax Education Task Force Reports

CICA's Tax Education Task Force, is a group of senior tax practitioners and educators who conducted a detailed analysis of the direction of tax education for the CA profession. Read about their work, findings and recommendations on how the In-depth Tax Program could be enhanced in the following two reports.

A Report of the Tax Education Task Force - October 2009
A Report of the Tax Education Task Force - January 2012

Below is a summary of the Future changes responding to the Task Force's Recommendations.

What the Task Force Recommended

How We're Responding

Re-structure the program to:
  • focus on competencies
  • deliver learning at the right pace
  • benefit from use of today's learning technologies
We've developed a new competency map to guide new program development with the oversight of Program Director – Tax Education. The new program will offer three years of training (up from two years). Students will start the program with a new 3-day Orientation, Research and Communications course and learn the tax research framework they will use throughout the program. Students will receive a student handbook upon registration so that they are clear on what they can expect to gain over the 3-year program, what their roles and responsibilities to the course are, and what on-the-job activities they can look for to help solidify their learning.
Enhance the Group Study program to contribute more consistent value. We've re-designed Group Study to introduce new e-learning modules, problems and solution sets that offer more consistency from lesson to lesson. We will offer more rigorous training for our group study leaders and providing comprehensive leader guides. E-learning will include self-assessment so students can check their understanding.
Formally recognize students' success in completing the program. Graduates of the In-depth Tax program will receive a certificate of completion. Students will have support to self-assess their progress throughout the program.
Provide better feedback to employers on students' progress. Employers will receive relevant, timely and useful reports on students' progress throughout the program.
Attract and support more participants from the Francophone marketplace. We will continue to provide Francophone students with translated questions and with Francophone tutorial leaders in both Group Study and In Residence programs. As we implement the new program, we will consult with Francophone stakeholders to understand how best to support the needs of Francophone students.
Refine processes for selecting and supporting faculty members. We're rolling out a new faculty development program, which includes training sessions and guidelines for the role to ensure consistency and excellence of our Lecturers, Tutors and Group Study leaders.
Improve processes for developing course materials. We're putting in place guidelines for developing materials in ways that will enhance its educational power.

For a picture of how the new In-Depth program is changing, click on the image below.

In-Depth Program