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Knowledge, skills and behaviours

The knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice will need to demonstrate are shown below.


Accounting  Knowledge and understanding of the core elements of double-entry bookkeeping and accounting standards. Creating and reporting financial information to the users of accounts. 
Assurance Gathering evidence and the assessment of controls so as to be able to express a conclusion on the confidence of information.  
Business, Technology and Finance Understanding of how businesses operate and how accounting and finance functions help businesses to achieve their objectives.  
Management Information Preparation of essential financial information for the management of a business. 
Principles of Tax Knowledge and understanding of the principles of tax.
Knowledge and understanding of the principles of English law. 


Analysis Create and interpret information, and show how that information can be used most effectively to add value to the organisation. 
Communication  Effectively communicate relevant information across the organisation and to appropriate stakeholders in both written and verbal formats.
 Leadership Proactively manage their own development and is committed to the job and their profession. 
Planning and Prioritisation
Work to tight deadlines and respond to changing priorities. Effectively plan and prioritise time and coordinate the input of others in order to meet both deadlines and changing priorities 
Produces Quality and Accurate Information  Apply accounting/tax knowledge to consistently deliver high quality, accurate data and information in a timely fashion. 
Team Working and Collaboration Work effectively in a team and with others, maintaining effective, professional working relationships both internally and externally across organisations. 
 Uses Systems and Processes Understand the systems and processes of the organisation sufficiently, as applicable to the role. Proficient in the IT systems applicable to the role. 


Adaptability Willing to both listen and learn and to accept changing priorities and working requirements and has the flexibility to maintain high standards in a changing environment. 
Adding Value  Actively engage in the wider business, as appropriate, and look to provide information that positively contributes to influencing business decisions. Continually strive to improve own working processes and those of the organisation.
Ethics and Integrity
Honest and principled in all of their actions and interactions. They will respect others and meet the ethical requirements of their profession. 
Proactivity   Takes responsibility. Demonstrates the drive and energy to get things done, even under pressure. 
Professional Scepticism  Demonstrates an attitude that includes a questioning mind, being alert to conditions which may indicate possible misstatement of financial information due to error or fraud.