H&R Block Tax Academy: frequently asked questions about our tax course.

Frequently Asked Questions.

H&R Block Tax Academy
Class Locations
  • Alberta
      • Airdrie
      • Calgary
      • Camrose
      • Devon
      • Edmonton
      • Fort Saskatchewan
      • Leduc
      • Lethbridge
      • Okotoks
      • Red Deer
      • Sherwood Park
      • St. Albert
  • British Columbia
      • Abbotsford
      • Burnaby
      • Campbell River
      • Chilliwack
      • Coquitlam
      • Duncan
      • Hope
      • Kamloops
      • Kelowna
      • Langley
      • Langley (Willoughby)
      • Maple Ridge
      • Nanaimo
      • New Westminster
      • North Vancouver
      • Parksville
      • Penticton
      • Port Coquitlam
      • Prince George
      • Richmond
      • Squamish
      • Surrey
      • Vancouver
      • Vernon
      • Victoria
      • Walnut Grove
      • White Rock
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia
      • Barrington Passage
      • Bedford
      • Dartmouth
      • Digby
      • Elmsdale
      • Greenwood
      • Halifax
      • Liverpool
      • Lunenburg
      • Mahone Bay
      • New Minas
      • Shelburne
      • Sydney
      • Truro
      • Windsor
      • Yarmouth
  • Ontario
      • Acton
      • Alliston
      • Aurora
      • Barrie
      • Belleville
      • Bolton
      • Brampton
      • Brantford
      • Brockville
      • Burlington
      • Cambridge
      • Collingwood
      • Courtice
      • Dundas
      • Etobicoke
      • Fergus
      • Fort Erie
      • Georgetown
      • Guelph
      • Hamilton
      • Hanover
      • Kingston
      • Kitchener
      • London
      • Markham
      • Midland
      • Milton
      • Mississauga
      • Newmarket
      • Niagara Falls
      • North Bay
      • North York
      • Oakville
      • Orangeville
      • Orillia
      • Orleans
      • Oshawa
      • Ottawa
      • Paris
      • Peterborough
      • Pickering
      • Port Colborne
      • Port Hope
      • Richmond Hill
      • Sarnia
      • Sault Ste Marie
      • Scarborough
      • St Thomas
      • St. Catharines
      • Sudbury
      • Thornhill
      • Thorold
      • Thunder Bay
      • Toronto
      • Toronto North
      • Uxbridge
      • Vaughan
      • Wasaga Beach
      • Waterdown
      • Waterloo
      • Welland
      • Windsor
      • Amherstburg
      • Woodbridge
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
      • Blainville
      • Gatineau
      • Hawkesbury
      • Kirkland
      • Lachute
      • Laval
      • Levis
      • Longueuil
      • Masouche
      • Montreal
      • Montreal North
      • Québec
      • Repentigny
      • St-Eustache
      • St-Jerome
      • St. Leonard
      • Verdun
      • Ville St-Laurent
  • Saskatchewan
Registration Related
Course Related
  • How long is the course?
    • We provide 42 hours of tax theory training in classroom followed by 6 hours of testing and 30 hours of hands-on software training.
  • How is the class taught?
    • It begins with guided classroom discussion on tax theory, followed by computer-based learning with tax preparation software. There is directed discussion with custom-designed textbooks and exercises to reinforce the material.
  • Who teaches the classes?
    • Course instructors are experienced H&R Block Tax Experts who are chosen based on their experience and specialized training they have completed.
  • Are there bilingual courses available?
    • Yes, courses are taught in English and French in certain locations, and the instructor will be able to answer questions in the respective language of the course. Course materials will be provided in both English and French and course exams will be offered in both languages.
  • What if I want to learn about a specific area of tax preparation?
    • The Income Tax Level 1 course covers basic tax preparation and gives you the foundation needed to prepare a tax return.
  • What can I expect from the class?
    • The course consists of 78 hours of instruction which includes instructor led sessions, covering tax theory and tax preparation software and practice sessions. Additional time commitments outside of class homework will vary by student. Some examples of additional time spent outside the classroom may include: tutoring to understand more complex tax concepts, participating in study groups and completing generally assigned home work.The Income Tax Level 1 course starts with a foundation of tax theory where concepts build upon each other. Students are encouraged to actively participate in classroom discussions to understand concepts and ideas as early as possible. Issues with foundational topics should be addressed prior to moving on to other topics.

      Basic computer skills and reliable internet access are required.

  • How often does the class meet?
    • Generally twice a week for 11 weeks in three-hour sessions, or once a week for six hours if you choose a weekend class. Click here for classes specific to your preferred location.
  • Where are the classes held?
    • There are 1,800 classes held at over 300 H&R Block offices across the country. Click here for classes specific to your preferred location.
  • What happens if I miss a class?
    • If you miss a class, you can usually make it up at another time that week.
  • What if I fail the course?
    • If you attend, participate, do the homework, and listen to the instructor, you should have no problem succeeding.
  • Will there be homework?
    • Yes. For every hour of class, expect an hour of work on your own.
  • What is the typical class size?
    • Around 20 students, but it never exceeds 30 students.
  • What if I don't complete the course?
    • Depending on when you cancel, you may lose your registration and course fees. Contact your instructor or local office to find out more.
  • What do I get when I complete the course?
    • Certificates of Accomplishment are given to students with a minimum grade of 70%. You're graded on assignments and the final exam.
Career Related
  • Is H&R Block hiring?
    • Upon successful completion of the Income Tax Level 1 course, you'll be eligible to apply for employment at H&R Block. All of our Tax Experts and instructors started their careers with this course. However, successful completion of the course does not guarantee employment at H&R Block.
  • What's it like to work with H&R Block?
    • If you're hired as a Tax Expert, you can expect the opportunity to set a flexible schedule, build up your clientele and advance your career through continuing education. H&R Block offers seasonal and year-round opportunities depending on your skills and location.
  • Who do I contact about career opportunities?
    • The first step in employment at H&R Block is successfully completing the Income Tax Level 1 course. During the course, you'll learn more about employment and career development opportunities at H&R Block. To register for the course, click here.
General Questions
  • Will the income tax course I took in college be useful?
    • Yes. College and university courses provide tax theory, but our course helps you apply it.
  • Do you offer advanced courses?
    • Each fall our H&R Block Tax AcademyTM offers a number of advanced courses and our returning Tax Experts can advance their career and earning potential by taking these courses. These courses are not available to the public.
  • What is the H&R Block Income Tax Level 1 course?
    • With the Income Tax Level 1 Course, you can learn how to prepare taxes like a pro. Convenient locations and class times mean you'll learn from the best, with a schedule that works for you.
  • What makes H&R Block training so good?
    • Over the past 20 years, we've trained more than one million North Americans to prepare taxes. As a tax training leader, it's the quality of our courses and record for reliability and accuracy that ensures you get the best training possible.

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