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AAT Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Level 4

 

Benefits to you:

This is a follow on course from the AAT Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship (level 3). During this course, you will learn finance team leader skills e.g. financial statements for limited companies, complex management accounting tasks, management skills and specialist learning areas.

 Upon completion, you will automatically become an AAT affiliate member and with relevant work experience will qualify for AAT full membership.

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting 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.

An apprenticeship is a great way to gain a qualification and earn real money. At the end of the course, you will have a nationally recognised qualification and no debts to pay!

 

Benefits to your business:

“AAT training gives the people at the heart of your business the practical skills to manage finances, budgets and cash flow more effectively, and to keep your organisation on a secure financial footing. By working towards AAT qualifications, your staff commit to continuing their long-term professional development. So you can be sure their knowledge and skills are up to date, giving your company a competitive edge.” - AAT

 

Qualification:

During this apprenticeship, you will learn financial team leader skills, including financial statements for limited companies, complex management skills and specialist learning areas. This apprenticeship also focuses on developing your essential business skills to support you in the working environment.

  • Financial Statements - This unit is concerned with competence in drafting and interpreting the financial statements of limited companies. It ensures that learners understand what information is required to be provided, how it is to be presented to users of the financial statements and how the rules and principles established in IFRS apply to the process of drafting financial statements.
  • Budgeting - Budgets are an essential tool in planning, coordinating, authorising and cost control. Drafting Budgets requires new skills to create appropriate forecasts and budgets for a wide range of activities and circumstances; to agree the budgets with other functional managers and to monitor results against budget and trigger suitable management interventions.
  • Financial Performance - Learners will have the knowledge to be able to use a range of techniques to analyse information on expenditure. They will be able to make judgements to support decision making, planning and control by managers.  Learners will have the skills to collect and analyse information, monitor performance, and present reports to management. 
  • Two of the following options will also be covered – the choice will be based on learner demand so not all of the options will be available:
    • Personal Tax
    • Cash Management
    • Business Tax
    • Credit Management & Control
    • External Audit

    You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to the AAT for review and undertake a professional discussion.  This portfolio is broken down into Skills and Behaviours and covers:

    Skills

    • Analysis
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Planning and Prioritisation
    • Produces Quality and Accurate Information
    • Team Working and Collaboration
    • Uses Systems and Processes

    Behaviours

    • Adaptability
    • Adding Value
    • Ethics and integrity
    • Proactivity
    • Professional Scepticism

Upon successful completion, you can progress onto a Chartered accountancy qualification such as CIMA which is offered by Cornwall College.