Apprenticeship Standard: Professional Accountancy/Taxation Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship


This new standard has been created by leading professional services and industry employers, Professional Bodies and training providers for the accountancy and taxation professions to ensure an apprentice develops the relevant Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours to succeed and progress in their roles and your business.

The Standard will align to a Level 4 professional qualification with one of several professional bodies and uses a much more innovative and flexible approach to demonstrating competency. The ambition of the new Standard is to encourage access to the accountancy / taxation profession through the delivery of a high quality programme which is fit for purpose for performance in the workplace.

This Standard will replace the existing apprenticeship Level 4 accountancy and tax frameworks. BPP will be delivering this Apprenticeship Standard from September 2016.

Trailblazer Group

The employer Trailblazer group that created this Standard included: Baker Tilly, BDO, Deloitte, Government Finance Profession, Ernst & Young, Flemmings, Grant Thornton, Hall and Woodhouse, Harvey & Son, Hazlewoods LLP, Kingston Smith, KPMG, Lentells Chartered Accountants and PwC.

Suitable to train and develop talented staff in roles such as: Assistant Auditor; Assistant Management Accountant; Assistant Financial Accountant; Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor; Commercial Analyst; Payroll Manager; Senior Bookkeeper; Senior Financial Office; Taxation Investigations Officer; Personal Taxation Assistant and Business Taxation Assistant.

Suitable to train and develop talented staff in roles such as;

Assistant Auditor, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Financial Officer, Taxation Investigations Officer, Personal Taxation Assistant and Business Taxation Assistant.

Key Facts:


Standard guideline: 18 to 24 months (min. 12 months)

Timeframes are flexible depending the employer and/or the apprentice’s ability to be successful on the programme.

Study Mode

BPP can provide flexible study methods towards these qualifications including:

  • In Classroom face-to-face
  • Online Classroom (recorded)
  • Online Classroom Live (real time) or a mix of all three

Knowledge Qualification

Professional Qualifications that can be included;

  • AAT – Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • ACCA – Diploma in Accounting and Business
  • ATT – Tax Technician
  • CIMA – Certificate in Business Accounting
  • CIPFA – Professional Certificate (not available with BPP Professional Education)
  • ICAEW – Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business
  • ICAS – Professional Diploma in Accounting, Finance and Tax

There is also an option for apprentices to complete a work based assessment route. This route does not lead to professional body recognition and is not currently offered by BPP Professional Education.

Skills and Behaviours

Apprentices needs to be able to demonstrate the following Skills and Behaviours to meet the Standard:


  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Planning & prioritisation
  • Produces quality & accurate info
  • Team working & collaboration
  • Uses systems & processes


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

BPP Support

Both the apprentice and employer will be supported by a team of Programme Advisors and a Skills Coaches who will ensure the apprentice completes the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required and is ready to sit the End Point Assessment.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above), ideally as part of 5 GCSE A-C grades or other comparable qualifications. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to the completion of the Level 4 Apprenticeship.

Employers have the flexibility to set their own minimum entry requirements and may want to increase their criteria.

Employer Requirements

  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning.
  • Employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning.
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours.
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off the job training.
  • Enter into a contract with BPP University.
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills.

Apprentice requirements

  • Be in full-time employment for at least 30 hours a week.
  • Be an employee (have a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship) on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning.
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA**) or have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.
  • Not be enrolled on another apprenticeship at the same time.
  • Has the right to work in England.
  • Able to complete the apprenticeship in contracted working hours.
  • Be in a new job role (nine months or less), or in an existing job role, where significant new Knowledge and Skills are needed – employer statement of justification needed (relevant to the apprenticeship).


Apprentices completing this apprenticeship have a number of progression options for accountancy and tax qualifications including the Level 7 Professional Accountant Higher Apprenticeship*.

Progression Route

*Level 7 will be available once the Standard and Assessment plan have been approved by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Costs and Government Funding

Employers will be able to draw up a funding cap of £9000 per apprentice from the Digital Voucher Service to cover the training costs for this Apprenticeship Standard.