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Studying & Training in
Transactional Analysis


The study of transactional analysis (TA) begins with the TA101, a 12 hour course, usually run over two days, taught by internationally accredited TA trainers.

The TA101 course is approved by the International Transaction Analysis Association (ITAA), and is the official introduction to TA, successful completion of which is a prerequisite of further and advanced training in TA. Its purpose is to provide consistent and accurate information about TA concepts.

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Training in TA is available to new or established professionals who are seeking to develop and/or strengthen their skills, as well as those who are seeking to develop new career options.

The first step is to take a TA101 Course, the official introduction to TA, which follows an internationally agreed syllabus and covers basic TA theory and concepts, and is a requirement for further and/or advanced TA training.

At present, in Aotearoa New Zealand, training to become a certified transactional analyst is only available in the applications of psychotherapy, and organisations.

WTATI facilitates a three-year training programme that follows the syllabus for Certification as a Transactional Analyst (CTA) as defined by the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA).

If you are interested or have queries, please e-mail:

Outcomes of the course include:

  • Preparation to sit the Certified Transactional Analyst in the field of psychotherapy. The CTA is currently recognised for registration as a psychotherapist by the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Appropriate training in a theoretical framework that meets the requirements to apply for full membership of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP).

If you are more interested in Organisational and Developmental Transactional Analysis, Anne Tucker, of Prow Consulting, provides TA101, Foundational, Certificate, and Diploma level courses. You can also go on to become a Certified Transactional Analyst (Organisations) and study for an MSc (Professional Development) through Middlesex University, UK.

See Anne’s website for more details: TA Training

Qualifying in Transactional Analysis

Transactional analysis offers theory and techniques that can be applied to all fields of application for working with individuals, couples, groups including families, and organisations.

Following the TA101, courses leading to certification as a transactional analyst are generally offered on a part-time basis and take between three to five years to complete. These are offered both live in person and online. The precise curriculum of such courses is designed by the trainer(s) leading the course but must meet the standards of the Certification and Examinations Handbook published by the International Board of Certification of the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA).

This Handbook also details the requirements for the written and oral examinations to become a Certified Transactional Analyst - and also to become a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA).

TA examinations organised by the ITAA are held twice yearly online, while in-person exams are held in venues around the world mainly in conjunction with conferences and other training events. After CTA exams, there are Training Endorsement Workshops (TEW) for certified transactional analysts to progress to becoming Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst, a status which enables the practioner to teach and supervise TA trainees/students and practitioners under supervision.

A further set of exams is needed to be accredited as a TSTA, a process that usually takes between five to seven years to complete.

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