How to become an accounting technician
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
There is no set entry routes to become an accounting technician.
It may be useful to do a qualification like:
- Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
- Foundations in Accountancy accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- T Level in Accounting
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:
- accounts or finance assistant intermediate apprenticeship
- assistant accountant advanced apprenticeship
- professional accounting or taxation technician higher apprenticeship
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could start as an accounts clerk or bookkeeper while you study to become an accounting technician.
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have information on accounting courses.
You can apply directly to employers if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.
Employers are likely to look for up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. A level business studies, maths, economics or equivalent qualifications could also be useful.
Previous experience of office work or working in an accounts or finance department would be helpful. Experience of using accounting software or spreadsheets could also give you an advantage when looking for work.
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