Since 2016

The educational arm of Chelco VAT Ltd, the Chelco VAT International Academy, has been delivering high-end educational events since 2016, while recently it launched a first-of-its-kind in Cyprus expert diploma in VAT called the Diploma in VAT Excellence (DiVE).

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The Chelco VAT International Academy is the result of years of training, planning and preparation to offer VAT-dedicated knowledge to VAT advisors, VAT Officers working in tax administration, professionals in the industry that deal with VAT matters as well as to anyone who wishes to broaden and further sharpen their understanding of VAT.

Topics that are addressed by the Chelco VAT International Academy cover the VAT aspects of specific areas of legislation and specific types of transactions or specific industries, offering attendees an unprecedented level of comprehension and specialisation on the subject matters

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Diploma in VAT Excellence (DiVE)


The Chelco VAT International Academy is proud to announce that it is now accepting registrations for the Diploma in VAT Excellence (DiVE), for the academic year 2022-2023.

What is DiVE?

The Diploma in VAT Excellence is a course spanning a period of 10-months, which elevates Value Added Tax knowledge to the level of a VAT expert, with an emphasis on the Cyprus VAT legislation.

The world of VAT requires dedication and knowledge to tackle the complexities of the legislation. Attending a seminar, conference or a short course may be enlightening to an extent, but is certainly not sufficient as a basis for providing VAT advice or offering VAT compliance services. The purpose of DiVE is to allow individuals and/or businesses to invest in a solid foundation on which they can then offer or apply the knowledge gained to service their own VAT requirements or those of their clients.

The course will commence in September 2022 with completion in June 2023 and will be taught by Academy Lead Instructor, Alexis Tsielepis with support from Academy Instructor, Panayiotis Panayi. This is the 2nd DiVE program, with the first ending in June 2022.

The course will cover:

  • Detailed analysis of the VAT Directive, and how certain provisions have been transposed in the Cyprus VAT legislation;
  • Detailed analysis of 50 key VAT judgments of the European Court of Justice;
  • 1-on-1 workshops that offer the best personalised learning environment;
  • Free participation for all seminars/webinars and events hosted by the Chelco VAT International Academy during the period of their registration;
  • A 3-hour written and a 1-hour oral examination in June 2023;
  • Successful candidates will receive the Diploma in VAT Excellence issued by the Chelco VAT International Academy.

The topics that will be analysed in detail as part of the course will be:

  • Taxable person

  • Taxable transactions

  • Place of supply

  • Taxable amount

  • Time of supply

  • Exemptions

  • Deductions

  • Obligation to pay VAT

  • VAT rates

  • Tour Operator Margin Scheme (TOMS)

  • Margin scheme for second hand goods (including art and vehicles)

  • Capital goods scheme

  • One Stop Shop (OSS) and Import One Stop Shop (IOSS)

  • Formalities (declarations, invoicing, books and records)

Training may take place through a mixture of face-to-face sessions and online learning.

The official language of the diploma is English. Places are limited to 10 persons.

What is the cost of DiVE and when are payments due?

The cost of DiVE:
€6.000* + VAT

For early bird registrations received before 1 August 2022

€7.200* + VAT

For registrations received on or after 1 August 2022

 * Invoiced in 3 equal installments on Registration, 1 December 2022 and 31 March 2023.

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What DiVERs Say

“ DiVE is hands down the best professional course I have attended and to anyone who really wants to understand VAT, I would say: Just DiVE! ”

Stefanos Georgiades
Director - Stratus Associates Ltd

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What DiVERs Say

“ Alexis Tsielepis has the knowledge, he is willing to share it and he is certainly able to do so. He is also an inspiration, a good person to be around and he can make the journey enjoyable. ”

Maria Mylona-Michaelides
Head of Financial Services - Sfertos Management Ltd

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What DiVERs Say

“ I can think of only one person that has the pure knowledge and passion to teach VAT and this is Alexis Tsielepis. For me, he is my VAT super hero, VATMAN! ”

Nicholas Shiakallis
Director - Computantis Services Ltd

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What DiVERs Say

“ The only way to obtain a comprehensive understanding of VAT legislation to the level of a true expert is to DiVE!

I now feel confident to deal with VAT cases that I face daily on a personal and professional level. Definitely recommended. ”

George Katsoudas
Head of Accounting Department - M. Target Business Consultants Ltd

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What DiVERs Say

“ DiVE is by far the best professional training course available in Cyprus. I personally recommend this course to all professionals in the law profession. A powerful tool in our arsenal at all stages of a commercial transaction…. ”

Angelos Onisiforou
Senior Associate - Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC

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When are the classes held and for how long?

The provisional dates for the 2022-2023 DiVE are shown below. The dates are stated as being ‘provisional’ as circumstances may arise that require to change certain dates. Any changes are agreed with all candidates before being effected. The dates are spread out to allow candidates to continue to work uninterruptedly throughout the diploma.

Each teaching day commences at 9:00am and finishes at 5:00pm.

Day 1Tuesday, 13 September 2022Day 16Thursday, 26 January 2023
Day 2Thursday, 15 September 2022Day 17Thursday, 2 February 2023
Day 3Tuesday, 27 September 2022Day 18Tuesday, 7 February 2023
Day 4Tuesday, 18 October 2022Day 19Monday, 13 February 2023
Day 5Wednesday, 9 November 2022Day 20Tuesday, 7 March 2023
Day 6Thursday, 10 November 2022Day 21Tuesday, 14 March 2023
Day 7Thursday, 17 November 2022Day 22Thursday, 16 March 2023
Day 8Thursday, 24 November 2022Day 23Tuesday, 21 March 2023
Day 9Tuesday, 29 November 2022Day 24 
Day 10Thursday, 1 December 2022Day 25Tuesday, 4 April 2023
Day 11Tuesday, 6 December 2022Day 26Tuesday, 11 April 2023 (Holy Tuesday)
Day 12Thursday, 8 December 2022Day 27Thursday, 13 April 2023 (Holy Thursday)
Day 13Tuesday, 17 January 2023Day 28Tuesday, 18 April 2023 (Easter Tuesday)
Day 14Thursday, 19 January 2023Day 29Thursday, 20 April 2023
Day 15Tuesday, 24 January 2023Day 30Thursday, 4 May 2023

The written and oral exams would normally take place during the last week of June 2023, however this will be agreed upon with all candidates beforehand.

Where are the classes held?

The venue is normally the Columbia Plaza Venue Centre in Limassol although there may be days where the venue is moved to Nicosia or to an alternative location in Limassol or elsewhere. All changes will be agreed upon with candidates beforehand.

Registrations are now open!

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