With the first stage of her apprenticeship under her belt, Brogan Clarkson is now working towards achieving Chartered status – a highly-respected qualification in the industry.

 

To qualify as Chartered Accountant, Brogan must now complete at least three years of on-the-job training while passing a series of exams. In the second instalment of this blog series, we find out more about her next steps…

 

Tell us about the Chartered qualification – what does this mean?

 

The Chartered Certified qualification should help strengthen my skills and knowledge in the more intricate areas of accounting and finance. It also gives me the experience and opportunities to aim to be in more senior positions later in my career.

 

Tell us about the work involved to become chartered?

 

There are 3 levels of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualification. As I have already completed Level 4 AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), I am exempt from the first three exams at the Applied Knowledge Level.

 

I am therefore currently working towards the Applied Skills Level, which has six exam papers including Corporation and Business Law, Performance Management, Taxation, Audit and Assurance, Financial Reporting and Financial Management.

 

Once I have completed these exams, I will have four more papers to complete at the Strategic Professional Level.

 

In addition to this, as an apprentice I’m also required to complete an end-point assessment (EPA) which is made up of a project report and ACCA’s Strategic Business Leader exam.

 

How much time did you spend at college and in the office?

 

The teaching is done in small blocks, so most of my time is spent in the office, picking up plenty of on-the-job experience and learning from the team around me. It also means I spend a lot of time working on real life examples with our clients, which is really helpful.

 

How has Covid-19 affected your role?

 

It’s been a strange time for everyone but I’m incredibly lucky in that I haven’t been too adversely affected. As an office, we’ve had to make a lot of changes to the way we communicate as almost everything is now done virtually, rather than face to face.

 

My classes have also been moved online so that’s been a new experience, but it’s been interesting to try to adapt to the new way of doing things.

 

We’re regularly looking out for new apprentices to join our team and kickstart their careers in accountancy – keep an eye on our vacancies page.