Peak Accoutancy Training

Apprenticeship Standard Level 4 Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician

An apprentice in the role of a Professional Accounting/Tax 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 level 4 apprenticeship is equivalent to a certificate of higher education, and this apprenticeship will take around 18 months to complete.

Please click here for an overview of the Professional Accoutancy Diploma Level 4 Apprenticeship.   

Course content 

All apprenticeships are made up of three components:

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma for Accounting Technicians (Knowledge component): 

This element of the programme is delivered by Peak with various start points throughout the year, the assessments within the qualification are: 


2 from 5 optional units: 

Competency portfolio construction (Skills and behaviour components): 

This element of the programme is delivered within apprentices’ workplace, and is a collaborative approach from employers and Peak. This will enable all apprentices to demonstrate their occupational competency and develop all required skills and professional behaviours.

The portfolio is compiled through a range of professional discussions, complemented by work based evidence from the apprentice's job role. This is compiled during 1-2-1 sessions with the apprentice and their work based advisor at mutually convenient times and dates for the apprentice, employer and Peak's work based advisor.  

Functional skills

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve Level 2 prior to taking their end point assessment. Apprentices who hold a GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths Grade 9-4 or A to C will not need to complete functional skills.

What have apprentices who have completed this programme in the past progressed to?

Progression opportunities include; 

How you will learn 

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma for Accounting Technicians (Knowledge component): 

The programme is structured on a modular basis and each module is delivered through our weekly classes in our Chester or Liverpool centres, or using our weekly live online classes. 

Competency portfolio construction (Skills and behaviour components)

1-2-1 assessment and support to evidence the behaviours, skill and knowledge elements will take place in your workplace, at mutually convenient times and dates with your assessor. 

How you will be assessed

Your knowledge will be assessed through on line exams for the AAT units and any functional skills you need to take. 

The skills and behaviours will be assessed through a portfolio of work based evidence supported by your work based advisor

End Point Assessment

All apprenticeship standards require apprentices to complete an end point assessment to successfully achieve the apprenticeship qualification. For this apprenticeship standard the end point assessment consists of: 

Peak will also carry out mock EPA assessments in collaboration with employers and apprentices to ensure all apprentices are competent when progressing onto end point assessment.

Equipment and other costs 

AAT Registration fees are payable directly to AAT annually, and exam fees for the five AAT assessments are payable to your local exam centre. 

Levy paying employers - £8000 from levy funds

Non-Levy employers - £400 + VAT employers contribution

A non-levy employer has a wage cost of less than £3 million per year. 

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Level 4 Apprenticeship - Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician

AAT - Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

For further information or to apply please contact us

Is there additional work required by the student?

All apprentices are required to allocate 20% of their weekly working hours towards the completion of the apprenticeship programme. 

Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol? 

What qualifications or skills do I need to have before I can enrol?

Level 3 Accountancy qualification or significant experience within the accounting sector. 

We will also undertake an initial assessment and skills scan to make sure that this qualification is suitable for you.

It is preferable to have English and Maths GCSE Grade 4/C or above. Though we can support apprentices to achieve functional skills if they do not hold GCSEs in English and Maths. 

Expected prior knowledge

Must be working in a professional accounting or taxation role and have a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week.

Examples of roles as a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician include, but are not limited to; 

For further information or to apply please don't hesitate to contact us