Course AvailabilityOnline: $1,695
Online classes are available for 90 days, from the time of purchase.
Are you a California resident who is seeking a challenging and rewarding full-time, part-time or seasonal career opportunity? A career as a Chartered Tax Professional may be just what you’re looking for. As a CTP, you will provide a valuable service to individuals and small businesses by assisting them in preparing and filing their annual tax returns. Vista College offers a comprehensive CTP training program specifically designed for California residents like you.
Become a Certified Tax Expert
Our 200-hour online training program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a Chartered Tax Professional through the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). Certification is highly valued by tax preparation firms, tax law firms, CPA firms and other entities that hire tax professionals, as it demonstrates your expertise in the field of taxation. If you choose to pursue a career as a self-employed tax preparation professional, certification will make a favorable impression on prospective clients. Our CTP program will also prepare you for the Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Agent exam. An EA is a highly qualified tax expert who is licensed to represent taxpayers before the IRS.
Start Earning Before You Complete the Program
Our California CTP training course consists of six modules covering federal taxation and supplemental lessons pertaining to California tax preparation. Upon completion of the first two federal modules and the California supplement, you will have the knowledge needed to prepare returns for most U.S. and California residents and to begin to earn an income as you continue your training. Most students are able to finish this portion of the program in about 10 weeks. Successful completion of the four remaining modules is necessary to meet the education requirements for CTP certification.
Prerequisites for the Course and Other CTP Certification Requirements
Enrollment in the Vista College California Chartered Tax Professional program is open to any California resident with a high school diploma or GED. To meet the CTP certification requirements, you must have an average grade of 80 percent or better at the conclusion of your CTP studies. You must also meet the experience requirements of working at least two tax seasons as a tax preparer at a minimum of 500 hours while enrolled in the program. Prior relevant work experience can be used toward fulfilling this requirement. California tax preparers who wish to earn a fee for their services must register with the CTEC.
To access the online course materials, you will need a Web-enabled computer equipped with the Windows XP operating system or later version, and the IE 7 Web browser or later version.
Study and Learn at Your Convenience
Our self-directed online CTP program enables you to study at a time and place that works best for your busy lifestyle. You can learn at your own pace, without ever having to set foot inside a classroom. Prompt and reliable email support is available from Peoples Income Tax, Inc., should you need assistance along the way. You will have 18 months to complete the program, and an 18-month extension is available at a cost of $65 per month should you need more time.