Accounting Technician Diploma


This Diploma is designed for those who wish to develop a comprehensive range of manual and computerised
book keeping and payroll skills, together with spreadsheet knowledge.

Diploma Description

Accounting technicians assist accountants by collecting, checking and analysing financial information on their behalf. They usually work in a support role within a firm of accountants, or in the accounts or finance departments of various organisations in industry.

Those with more experience can become self-employed, providing a variety of accountancy and taxation services to a range of small to medium size businesses. In many larger organisations, accounting technicians work alongside members of the chartered accountancy bodies. In smaller organisations, they may be the only trained financial member of staff employed.

Different financial sectors require specialist knowledge and this can determine what areas a technician chooses to specialise in. The Pitman Training Accounting Technician Diploma will give you the skills you need to become an experienced finance professional.

On one side it covers the primary book-keeping disciplines, including computerised accounting; on the other side it features payroll systems.All these skills are as necessary for small companies as large; are transferable from one employer to another; and can be the starting point for a rewarding career in financial accounting.

Learning these financial and business skills is easy with Pitman Training. Our tried and trusted methods are the best available. You will work at your own pace in our comfortable premises, helped by experienced tutors as required.

You choose your own hours and keep the reference materials when the course is over. On completion, you will receive a Pitman Training Diploma that is recognised nationally and internationally by employers. Successful completion of the ‘Book-keeping Level 2 - A Study Guide’ course will give you the eligibility to take the IAB Certificate in Book-keeping examination.

Core Subjects

Basic Book-keeping - gain a clear understanding of the basic principles of book-keeping. Learn how to maintain a cash book, petty cash book and reconcile a bank statement

Purchase Ledger - become proficient at maintaining a manual purchase ledger

Sales Ledger - become proficient at maintaining a manual sales ledger

Final Accounts - learn the principles of double-entry book-keeping in order to maintain a nominal ledger and extract a preliminary trail balance

Final Accounts II - learn how to extend the trial balance in order to prepare the final accounts of a business (profit and loss accounts and balance sheet)

Sage Line 50 - convert your manual book-keeping skills to computerised accounts using the most popular software

Numeric Data Entry - learn efficient use of the numeric keypad

Manual PAYE - Learn how to calculate wages and salaries using Inland Revenue tables, understand tax codes and complete Inland Revenue forms. Covers holiday pay, statutory sick pay and statutory maternity pay.

Sage Payroll V.10 - convert your manual payroll skills to computerised skills using this most popular program including Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay

Excel - introductory and intermediate spreadsheet skills to a good employable standard. This will enable you to create a spreadsheet, entering text, numbers and formulas and creating charts

Excel Expert - learn advanced spreadsheet skills, covering areas such as importing and exporting data, creating and using templates, linking workbooks, data management, using analysis tools and pivot tables

Elective Subjects - Choose ONE

Book-Keeping Level 2 - A Study Guide - To be familiar with the requirements of the two unit examinations in manual book-keeping included in the IAB Level 2 Certificate in Book-keeping syllabus

Introduction to Computers - Learn Basic computer skills from using a mouse to file management; from the internet to email; from word processing skills to spreadsheet by studying either our Windows XP or PC Basics course.

Access - Develop database skills from initial design stage to running reports and queries

Outlook - Learn how to share, manage and schedule information electronically

Powerpoint - Gain competency in creating slide presentations. Areas covered include formatting, inserting tables, pictures, sound, hyperlinks, applying transition and timing effects for a slide show

Word - Introductory and intermediate word processing skills to a good employable standard

Office ...Fast! Modules 1-3 and 4-6 - To enable users to be confident in finding their way around the programs

Further Enhancements

IAB and OCR qualifications

Course Benefits

Equip you to start a new career

The flexibility and value of a self-study course designed to enable you to work at your own pace

Personalised workbooks to use as a reference guide on completion of your training

On successful completion of this diploma and the Book-keeping Level 2 Study Guide, plus IAB practice papers, students will be eligible to take the IAB Certificate in Book-keeping Level 2. Alternatively, students may opt to take the OCR certificate in Accounting Level 2 qualification or IAB Computerised Book-keeping Level 2 qualification.

The opportunity to gain a Pitman Training Diploma that is recognised nationally and internationally by employers

This Diploma provides you with the essential skills for a rewarding career in financial accounting.

Guideline Learning Time

6 weeks full-time* (180 hours flexi study)

* full-time is based on approx 20-30 hour week