The short courses department is charged with the responsibility of administering non-degree short-term programs.  These programmes are tailor-made to suit specific performance needs and continuing professional development of the staff of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and Zanzibar Revenue Board (ZRB). The department also offers short-term trainings to other key stakeholders involved in taxation and customs administration such as customs clearing agents, police departments and tax practitioners.

The Institute has a good number of well qualified full-time faculty members with sufficient industry experience in customs and tax administration.

The Institute has well-designed on the shelf courses and is continually designing new courses to address emerging issues such as taxation of specialized sectors. The collaboration with other Institutions involved in training in taxation and customs and development partners such as JICA, NTC of Japan, IBFD of Netherlands, EAC and WCO enriches the Institute’s capacity to deliver short-term programmes. Short courses of the Institute can be categorized into examinable and non-examinable courses.

 

Examinable courses

Examinable courses are open only to staff of the TRA and ZRB. Currently examinable short courses offered by the Institute are the following:

1.    Taxation Basic Course (TBC)

This program is designed to equip fresh employed and re-categorized staff in Customs and Excise Department with necessary knowledge skills and behavioural development to become Customs Officers. This program is a blend of classroom instruction and on-the-job practical experience and are instructed by well-seasoned and experienced staff in customs. The program is a full-time run for Eight (8) consecutive weeks which are followed by written examination. Successful candidates are offered Certificate of Competence

 

2.    Customs Basic Course (CBC)

This program is designed to equip fresh employed and re-categorized staff in Revenue departments with necessary knowledge skills and behavioural development to become Tax Officers. This program is a blend of classroom instruction and on-the-job practical experience and are instructed by well-seasoned and experienced staff in taxation. The program is a full-time run for Eight (8) consecutive weeks which are followed by written examination. Successful candidates are offered Certificate of Competence

 

3.    Total Tax Person (TTP)

This program combines both customs and taxation disciplines and is designed to equip senior staff with necessary knowledge skills and behavioural development necessary for preparing them to hold senior responsibilities. The program is a full-time run for Eight (8) consecutive weeks which are followed by written examination. Successful candidates are offered Certificate of Competence

 

 Non-Examinable courses

Non-examinable courses are designed to address day-to-day operations needs and emerging issues specific for certain operations of customs and taxation administration. The programs are open for a wide range of cadres depending on the nature of the course. Non-examinable courses are approved each year by the TRA management with input from training committees. ITA publishes every year a new Short Course Calendar.