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Accounting Technician Profile

Accounting Technician Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Accounting Technician. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Accounting Technician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Actuary Work Information
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    Working Duties Expected

    Accounting technicians work in all types of organisations, including commerce and industry, local and central government, public services and in private practice.

    The work of accounting technicians supplements that of qualified accountants. Duties often include:

    maintaining financial records
    preparation of invoices, tax returns and wages
    administering book-keeping, credit control and payroll systems
    assisting with auditing under the direction of qualified accountants
    delivery of accounting advice to clients and employers
    report writing.

    Hours and Environment

    Accounting technicians generally work standard office hours, although extra hours could occasionally be necessary.

    The work is office-based with visits to clients premises required when conducting audits.


    Skills and Interests

    To be an accounting technician you should:

    have strong numeracy and computer skills
    work well under pressure and keep to tight deadlines
    possess good written and spoken communication skills
    have a methodical approach and sharp eye for detail
    work well under pressure and keep to tight deadlines
    be able to work as part of a team and alone where necessary
    have a genuine interest in the world of business and finance
    keep up-to-date with legal and financial changes and evaluate how these could affect your clients or company.

    Entry

    The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) offer qualifications for accounting technicians. There are no formal entry qualifications to train as an accounting technician, but candidates need a good standard of English and an interest in mathematics. Those with an A level/H grade in Accounting or two A Levels/H grades in other subjects, or equivalent qualifications, or with relevant work experience in accounting can gain exemption from part of the training.

    Both AAT and ACCA welcome applications from adult entrants and have mature entry routes. An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

    For details of qualification equivalents see:

    Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
    Scottish Qualifications Authority

    Training

    AAT training takes place in approved assessment centres and in the workplace. It is based on NVQs/SVQs and provides vocational qualifications in accounting at level 2 (foundation), level 3 (intermediate) and level 4 (technician). The scheme is made up of 20 units of competence which measure knowledge and understanding, together with the ability to carry out practical work-based activities. There is no fixed time set down for the training, which is designed to be flexible. To become a full member of AAT, candidates must complete all three stages of the scheme and a years approved work experience.

    ACCA training offers two choices. Exams can be linked to NVQs in accounting, giving trainees both the ACCA accounting technician qualification and NVQ qualification up to level 4. Alternatively the exams can be linked to the ACCAs own practical experience requirement. Candidates provide evidence to fulfil ACCAs experience requirements by recording evidence of units of competence in the ACCA technician training record. Additionally, one years supervised work experience must be completed.

    Trainees on both schemes must be working in accountancy in any type of organisation and in any part of the world.

    Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
    For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


    Opportunities

    Work is available in industry and commerce, public services, and private accountancy practices. Openings for self-employment, often working on a part-time basis for a number of small businesses, are good.

    In many small and medium sized companies, accounting technicians are the only trained finance staff and have major responsibilities within the organisation.

    Experienced accounting technicians can move into senior management positions and also progress by taking further examinations and becoming qualified accountants. Holders of accounting technician qualifications can gain exemption from certain parts of accountancy training.

    Accounting technician qualifications are recognised across the world, so work abroad is an option.


    Annual Income

    Figures are intended as a guideline only.

    An accounting technician with a first level or foundation qualification earns around £11,000 a year.
    Accounting technicians who have passed the second level or technician stage earn around £14,000.
    A fully qualified accounting technician could earn upwards of £18,000 a year.

    Accounting technicians in management positions or who are self-employed often earn considerably more.


    Further information

    Association of Accounting Technicians
    154 Clerkenwell Road
    London
    EC1R 5AD
    Tel: 020 7837 8600
    www.aat.co.uk

    The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
    29 Lincolns Inn Fields
    London
    WC2A 3EE
    Tel: 020 7396 5800
    www.acca.org.uk

    The Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland
    11 Donegall Square South
    Belfast
    BT1 5JE
    Tel: 028 9032 5800
    www.icai.ie

    The accountancy profession carries a wide and varied selection of different job roles. Here are some examples of related job positions in the accountancy sector:

    • Analyst
    • Auditor
    • Company Secretary
    • Cost Accountant
    • Director
    • Finance Manager
    • Financial Controller
    • Forensic Accountant
    • Interim Manager
    • Life Accountant
    • Management Accountant
    • Practice Manager
    • Practice Partner
    • Project Accountant
    • Syndicate Accountant
    • Systems Accountant
    • Tax Accountant
    • Trust Accountant
    • Accounts Admin
    • Assistant Accountant
    • Credit Controller
    • Graduate Trainee
    • Ledger Clerk
    • Legal Cashier
    • Part Qualified
    • Accounts Payroller
    • Practice Accountant.



    Other Useful Accounting Technician Work Information

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