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Distance-learning in value-added tax
Fit for your cross-border business

The distance-learning course in VAT is the first state examined and certified distance-learning course for VAT in Germany. Eleven detailed training units explain the background and practice of VAT as well as related subjects. The teaching materials are available as PDF files (by e-mail) or as scripts (by post). You will be sent training units every two weeks. 

Distance-learning increasingly uses e-learning in the form of discussion forums with other participants and live chats with lecturers. Both the chat and discussion forums are based on the "moodle" learning platform. We also provide you with a customs glossary and list of abbreviations so you can quickly look up any technical terms.

aim of the distance-learning course

The AWA distance-learning course on VAT explains how cross-border services and supplies are treated under VAT law. Sound knowledge of VAT law is essential in order to efficiently process transactions within and outside the EU.

Subjects of the course

  • Introduction to value-added tax (VAT)
  • Basics of VAT law 
  • VAT on intra-Community trade 
  • VAT on trade outside the EU
  • Chain transactions
  • Overview of other services within the Internal Market
  • Other services within the Internal Market and relations with third countries
  • Formalities and obligations in taxation procedures
  • Special areas: fiscal representation, statistics, VAT audits
  • Positioning regulations
  • Customs duties and VAT

Target group

The distance-learning course is aimed at employees working in the fields of import, export, customs, logistics and taxes.


The distance-learning course is held in German. You can register by signing the distance-learning contract. To request the contract, simply send an e-mail to

Monitoring of Achievement & Qualification

You will find questions for repetition in each course letter to check your learning objectives independently; you can check your learning progress using the associated sample answers.

The final test takes place in May/November. Once you have passed the test we will send you a certificate of your newly acquired qualification which complies with the requirements of the Bundesverband der Fernstudienanbieter e.V.  association in Germany.

Tell us what you think!

We do our best to ensure that you are satisfied with your distance-learning course and would be pleased if you shared your experience with us. After each training unit, you have the opportunity to give us feedback – what did you like, what can we improve? Your contribution helps us to further improve the quality of our distance-learning course.



  Value-added tax (VAT)

Start and duration

The course starts each year on 01.06. and 01.12. The distance learning course in VAT lasts six months.

Participation fee

  2.190,00 euros 
payable in 3 instalments of 730,00 euros (plus 19% VAT)

Planned trainers

  Thomas Behring
Dipl.-Finanzwirt // Bayrisches Landesamt für Steuern // Nürnberg
  Dr. Nathalie Harksen
Rechtsanwältin, Maître en Droit // Akkreditierte Incoterms® 2010-Trainerin // Partnerin der AWB Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH und der AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH // Münster, München und Hamburg
  Prof. Dr. Reginhard Henke
  Dr. Thomas Möller
Dipl.-Finanzwirt, Dipl.-Kaufmann (FH) // Osnabrück
  Britta Lüger
Rechtsanwältin, LL.M. // Akkreditierte und geprüfte Incoterms® 2020-Trainerin // Partnerin der AWB Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH und der AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH // Münster
  Marc R. Plikat
Dipl.-Finanzwirt (FH), Steuerberater // Head of Indirect Taxes & Customs // Taxes & Customs // CO/TAX-ITC // thyssenkrupp AG // Essen