Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician

Key Information

Level 4
Typical Duration 18 – 24 Months (not inculding end point assessment)
Delivery Model Day Release
Delivery Location FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, Dakota Avenue, M50 2PU
Start Date September 2020

Programme Summary

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician will have responsibility for creating and/or verifying and reviewing accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed, or on behalf of another organisation. This will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual’s knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices. This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company, HMRC or the accounting function of a business or other organisation.

This occupation covers two areas of specialism, accounting and tax. A successful apprentice will have met the core requirements common to both areas and one of the two technical knowledge option requirements. A competent Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician, on completion of the apprenticeship standard, will meet the below requirements.

What will you learn?

You will gain knowledge, skills and behaviours during your apprenticeship, including:

Technical Knowledge

  • Option 1 – Accounting

Knowledge and understanding of the core elements of double entry bookkeeping and accounting standards enable accountants to create and report financial information to the users of accounts.

  • Option 2 – Tax

A professional Taxation Technician will be required to have knowledge and understanding of the core elements of personal and business taxation, and accounting principles, including:

  • Understanding systems and processes including IT systems and reporting
  • Understanding the relevant ethical standards, regulation and compliance
  • The skills of leadership
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Planning
  • Prioritisation
  • Understanding how to produce quality and accurate information
  • Understanding how to use systems and processes, and problem solving
  • Learning how to embrace change
  • Learning how to engage with stakeholders
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Personal accountability
  • How to be proactive and take responsibility
  • Professional scepticism
  • Productivity
  • Team work and collaboration

How is it delivered and assessed?

It typically takes 18 – 24 months to complete the apprenticeship, but this will vary depending on your experience and working pattern.

You will attend classes at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, Dakota Avenue, M50 2PU once a week. You will be allocated a Trainer Assessor who will support you throughout your apprenticeship with regular monthly sessions. This is flexible to your requirements, however contact is available and encouraged outside of this time so each apprentice receives the help they need. Trainer Assessors make good use of digital platforms to support this.

Practical Period

  • New knowledge, skills and behaviours are delivered and assessed by your college tutor and Trainer Assessor, with the support of your employer.
  • You will achieve a Level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Diploma in Accountancy
  • 20% off-the-job training is a mandatory requirement of all apprenticeship standards.
  • You will complete a Level 2 in maths and English, if applicable


The gateway is the opportunity for the provider and employer to agree whether the apprentice is ready and ready to take their End Point Assessment (EPA).

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment is synoptic, and takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development. The requirement is that the end point assessment is completed within three months from the start of the end point assessment period. The end point assessment is made up of the following components:

  • Role simulation
  • Portfolio of evidence including a reflective statement

Entry Requirements

Your organisation will have their own entry requirements, and this will be identified by completing both a job and skills analysis. This is likely to include 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications or experience.

All apprentices must achieve a Level 2 in maths and English before the end point assessment, or provide a certificate of prior achievement which is equivalent.

Interested in this apprenticeship? Apply now.