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FAQ - IBFD Certificate in GCC VAT


What are the components of IBFD’s Certificate in GCC VAT?

The programme consists of three components/phases that can be tailored for your specific needs:

  • Online Course: Fundamentals of Value Added Tax
  • 3-day live classroom Tax Course: Introduction to GCC VAT
  • A series of six IBFD Webinars

The combination of the online course, live classroom training and interactive webinars ensures a comprehensive yet cost-effective and time-efficient training format. The programme is interactive and gives professionals a thorough understanding of the relevant principles and concepts, as well as the skills to apply these principles in practice. In addition, IBFD provides supplementary documentation and reading materials.

Participants who have completed all three phases will receive the IBFD Certificate in GCC VAT.

I’m a government official. Why should I take the extra 2-day module?

For government officials, an extra 2-day live classroom module is available. This module is tailored for governments specifically and should be followed in combination with the other components of the tailored programme.

The additional specialization for government officers enables participants to explore international good practices in VAT auditing, as well as the related organizational, institutional and management matters (including the adoption of high professional (ethical) standards). The curriculum includes sessions on the specifications of VAT fraud detection, audits and enforcement, covering their unique requirements, methodology and practicalities. Government officials will learn from seasoned VAT auditors and tax officers who can pass on their international experience to their fellow GCC colleagues in a practical and informal setting.

What is the difference between IBFD’s Certificate in GCC VAT and other IBFD training solutions on VAT?

The IBFD Certificate in GCC VAT is designed to help professionals with no previous VAT knowledge or experience to gradually build the skills they need to deal with VAT in the GCC in their professional environment through attending one single programme.

Other VAT trainings offered by IBFD usually cover one curriculum aspect of VAT, depending on the level of experience and knowledge of a professional.

What is the language of instruction?

All content is given in English.

Can I obtain CPE (continuing professional education) credits?

Subsets of the tailored GCC VAT Certificate programme may qualify for CPE points with many professional accrediting bodies (view the whole list).

Whom can I contact if I have questions or want to register?

For questions regarding the curriculum of the IBFD Certificate in GCC VAT, please contact Tamás Kulcsár, Programme Manager, at
For practical questions or registrations, you can contact IBFD Tailored Courses at