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Advanced Diploma in Taxation (ADIT)
Advanced Diploma in Taxation (ADIT)
Advanced Diploma in Taxation (ADIT)

At PwC’s Academy we offer 11 training days in a 3-3-5 format over a few months

Tuition block 1: 3 days
Tuition block 2: 3 days
Revision block: 5 days

In our programme, participants will gain:

Comprehensive classroom training delivered by tax professionals with global tax, corporate and extensive training experience;

Study materials by Tolley;

A broad knowledge on certain aspects of international taxation;

Advanced Diploma in Taxation (ADIT)

ADIT is a globally recognised qualification in International Taxation and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), the leading professional body in the United Kingdom dedicated to taxation.Over 1200 firms and organisations employ ADIT people around the world and the qualification is pursued in over 110 countries.

Advanced Diploma in Taxation (ADIT)

At PwC’s Academy we offer 11 training days in a 3-3-5 format over a few months:

  • Tuition block 1: 3 days
  • Tuition block 2: 3 days
  • Revision block: 5 days
Advanced Diploma in Taxation (ADIT)

The ADIT programme is ideal for tax professionals responsible for administration of various taxes from an international perspective. It is also suitable for anyone who wants a detailed understanding of International Tax and its application in their organisation.

Advanced Diploma in Taxation (ADIT)

There is no requirement in order to register for the ADIT programme.

Advanced Diploma in Taxation (ADIT)

To gain the ADIT qualification, delegates must pass three exam modules:

the mandatory Module 1 – Principles of International Taxation, and any two available from either Module 2 and/or Module 3. As an alternative to any one of the option modules, an extended essay may be submitted.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT is an educational charity, promoting education and study of the administration and practice of taxation.

One of our key aims is to work for a better, more efficient, tax system for all affected by it – taxpayers, their advisers and the authorities. The CIOT’s work covers all aspects of taxation, including direct and indirect taxes and duties.

ADIT Registration

It is the responsibility of the candidates to register themselves as a student and for the ADIT exams. Registrations should be made online at www.adit.org.uk/studentregistration. Key dates and deadlines can be found on https://www.tax.org.uk/adit-international-tax/employers/key-information.

All exam entries are acknowledged through email, within ten working days. Candidates should email education ~3#$A~ ciot &D06s& org &D06s& uk or telephone the +44 (0) 20 7340 0550 if this is not received.

Time required

In order to receive the ADIT qualification, students must complete the three exams and this can be taken in any order and at any frequency. This would mean it is possible to obtain the qualification in less than a year.

Validity of registration

ADIT student registration is valid for five years, in which time the qualification must be completed, or the student will have to register and pay the registration fee again. If all three exams are not completed within five years of passing the first exam, then any pass older than five years expires and that exam must be completed again in order to achieve the qualification


Upon successful completion of the ADIT programme, which involves completing three papers, holders of the qualification are entitled to use the designatory letters “ADIT” after their name. Participants will also receive an ADIT qualification certificate together with an invitation to a CIOT Admission Ceremony. ADIT is a free-standing qualification which will not give the right to membership of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. However, ADIT holders may apply to become an ‘International Tax Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’.

Withdrawal of registration

Candidates have until 14 days after the exam entry closing date (or 14 days after the late exam entry closing date for candidates who enter during the late entry period) to request a deferral to an available session within the following twelve months.

Candidates who request to defer the entry after this date, but 14 days or more before the first exam of the session, carry forward one half of the entry fee to an available session within the following twelve months. Candidates who withdraw less than 14 days before the first exam of the session forfeit the full fee.

Alternatively, candidates can request a refund up to 14 days after the date they submitted the exam entry. The following administration fee will be deducted from the amount refunded:

  • £15 per exam – if the exam entry application was received before the exam entry deadline
  • £30 per exam – if the exam entry application was received during the late entry period

Permitted exam material

Candidates are allowed to use certain texts as reference materials during each ADIT exam. A full list of permitted texts for each ADIT exam can be found in the Syllabus at https://www.tax.org.uk/adit-international-tax/prospective-students/prospectus-and-syllabus or on www.adit.org.uk/candidateinstructions

Exam results

Exam results will be published within ten weeks following the date of the exam.


There are no exemptions available irrespective of any qualification held. All students are required to pass a total of three modules in order to achieve the full ADIT qualification

Exam Sessions

The ADIT exams are held twice a year in June and December. For the June exam session both the on screen and paper options will be available however for the December exam session, only the on screen option will be available. Each exam is for 3 hours plus 15 minutes reading time.

Exam Registration

Entry for the exams is a separate procedure. Please note that, if the deadline has passed, the exam entry cannot be guaranteed, and will be subject to an additional £100 late fee.

Exam Fees+

  • Student registration fee*: £205
  • Exam entry fee (per exam)*: £190
  • Extended Essay registration fee*: £190

*Exam entries received during the late entry period will be subject to an additional £100 late fee.

+ADIT fees can be changed over time.

Exam centres

ADIT centres are located around the world. Centres in the most popular location, the regular exam centres, have the cost included in the ADIT exam entry fee itself. However, there exists a provision for special exam centres as well for those locations with fewer ADIT students.

For the special exam centres, an additional hosting fee may have to be incurred by the students. To find out more information, kindly go to www.adit.org.uk/examcentres.

Course structure

At PwC’s Academy we offer the following training sessions:

Mandatory Module

Paper 1 - Principles of International Taxation.

This module is based on the OECD Model Convention, and is mandatory for all candidates. The focus is on key issues such as principles of international tax law, residence, double taxation conventions and treaty interpretation, transfer pricing, the work of the OECD and international tax avoidance.

Thematic Modules

Paper 3.02- EU VAT.

This module examines the European Union Law on Value Added Tax (VAT) which governs the VAT system in all Member States. The module includes the fundamental concepts of EU Law, the provisions of the principal VAT directive, other EU VAT legislation, and the application of EU Law by the Court of Justice in decided cases.

Paper 3.03- Transfer Pricing.

This module covers the fundamentals of transfer pricing based on the OECD model. The module will focus on transfer pricing methods, the arm’s length principle, comparability, compliance issues and avoiding double taxation and dispute resolution.

For more information on all the modules, and to view the complete syllabus, please visit www.adit.org.uk/syllabus.

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