Further education and skills – guidance

Apprenticeship standard: professional accountant

Describes the job role that an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them by the accountancy sector.



This document is relevant to:

  • those looking to apply for an apprenticeship
  • employers wanting to recruit an apprentice
  • training organisations working with employers to make the apprenticeships available

This standard is not yet ready to use.

An apprenticeship standard is only available for delivery when both the standard and assessment plan is approved and a funding band (core government contribution) has been assigned to the standard.

Under our reforms, employer-designed standards will replace frameworks, and will be clear and concise. From 2017 to 2018 as many apprenticeship starts as possible will be on the new standards.

Employers involved in creating this standard

If you’d like to get involved and contribute to the development of the professional accountant standard, please read the guidance for trailblazers, and email the Trailblazer contacts: johanna.s.mothander@uk.pwc.com or michael.walby@kpmg.co.uk.

The standard for a professional accountant was developed by:

  • Baker Tilly
  • BDO
  • Costain
  • Dains
  • Deloitte
  • Government Finance Profession
  • Ernst & Young
  • Flemmings
  • Grant Thornton
  • Hall and Woodhouse
  • Harvey & Son
  • Hazlewoods LLP
  • Health Education East of England
  • Kingston Smith
  • KPMG
  • Lentells Chartered Accountants
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • NHS Employers
  • PwC
  • Solid State Solutions
  • Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)