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Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Higher Apprenticeship

Occupational Profile

Individuals 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 will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual’s knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will identify entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, training or other criteria. Most candidates will have 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 Apprenticeship.


Apprentices must meet all of the core requirements of the standards, examples of which are shown below. You can download the full standards from the government’s website at:-


  • Technical Knowledge
  • Business Awareness
  • Ethical Standards
  • Regulation and Compliance
  • Systems and Processes


  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Planning & Prioritisation
  • Produces Quality and Accurate Information
  • Team Working and Collaboration
  • Uses Systems and Processes


  • Adaptablity
  • Adding Value
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Proactivity
  • Professional Scepticism