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Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

Levy-funded apprenticeships are not only a cost-effective way to upskill existing staff — they can also bring fresh talent into your organisation, future-proof skills pipelines and broaden the diversity of your workforce. As an approved training provider of AAT qualifications, CIPFA offers the levy-funded Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship, including study for the AAT Professional Diploma, in England.

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Our next AAT Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship programme will begin in April 2022. Enrolment closes on 28 February 2022. To start the process, or find out more about CIPFA apprenticeships, get in touch with our apprenticeships team today:

Additional incentive payments

Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices who have an employment start date of 1 April to 30 September 2021. Find out more.

About the apprenticeship

CIPFA and AAT are working together to develop a seamless study pathway for all aspiring public finance professionals working both within and with the public sector. The AAT Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship equips aspiring public finance professionals with the essential skills needed to work in a range of accounting and finance jobs across the public sector. It's suitable for those who have completed the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, or professionals working at team leader level or who are wanting to progress into a technician role.

Apprentices will master statements for limited companies and complex management accounting tasks, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, external auditing and credit control. The programme can lead to a diverse range of jobs including assistant auditor, assistant management accountant, assistant financial accountant, accounts payable and expenses supervisor, commercial analyst, payroll manager, senior bookkeeper and more.


The AAT Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship funding band has been approved at £8,000 to pay for the training of each apprentice. Employers in England can use their apprenticeship levy accounts to fund the training costs of new and existing employees.

Why choose a CIPFA apprenticeship?

  • we offer the only accounting apprenticeships designed exclusively for aspiring finance professionals working in public services
  • a learning experience which is designed to improve best practice and performance
  • expert tuition delivered by live web classes, taught by qualified and experienced trainers
  • apprentices gain valuable on-the-job experience and relevant professional award
  • Level 4 apprentices gain exemptions from the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification, leading to Chartered Public Finance Accountancy (CPFA) status
  • we ensure that high-level guidance and support are readily available to both employers and apprentices
  • learners benefit from regular assessments of progress and receive one-to-one support where appropriate
  • we're a proven online training provider and an internationally-recognised centre of excellence

What will the apprenticeship cover?

The AAT Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship includes study for the AAT Professional Diploma, which is made up of four mandatory units and two specialist units:

Mandatory units
  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Accounting Systems and Controls
Specialist units offered by CIPFA
  • Business Tax
  • External Auditing

What workplace skills will be developed?

In addition to the AAT qualification, apprentices will also gain valuable professional skills including:


  • analysis
  • communication
  • leadership
  • planning and prioritisation
  • production of quality and accurate information
  • team working and collaboration
  • systems and processes
  • adaptability
  • adding value
  • ethics and integrity
  • proactivity
  • professional scepticism

End point assessment

The end point assessment consists of a synoptic assessment, the final exam in the AAT Professional Diploma, and a written statement or a professional discussion with an AAT assessor about the apprentice's work-based learning.

Entry requirements

Apprentices will need to have completed the AAT Advanced Diploma and have four GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English.

Study modes

The classroom sessions will be delivered online by CIPFA trainers. Other study modes include e-learning, workshops, extensive written materials, mini projects, directed self-study and structured workplace tasks and learning activities.


Full time apprentices will typically spend 16-18 months on-programme, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.

Please note that the AAT Professional Diploma can also be undertaken as an employer-funded or self-funded qualification. Contact us to learn more:

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