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NFP Bookkeeper to Practice Accountant

How do I transition from being an experienced NFP Bookkeeper to a qualified Practice Accountant?

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I'm currently a bookkeeper for 3 charities with up to 3 years’ experience in these roles. I'd like to become an accountant in one of my local accountancy practices but don't know how to achieve this.

It appears there is a surplice of bookkeepers/ accountant trainees in my area as I've found it very hard going. I'm willing to start at the bottom and work/ train my way up. Do you have any tips on how to get and pass that all important interview?

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By andy.partridge
11th May 2019 17:07

Possibly a way in might be to see if you can get work from them in a subcontract capacity for their charity clients.

In effect it would be like a paid interview which you might be able to manage alongside your current work.

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By CHRISTINA GORHAM
11th May 2019 17:49

If only I were an independent licensed bookkeeper instead of an employee.

Do you think it'd work/ be worth the effort to become temporarily licensed in order to offer my services to the practices?

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By andy.partridge
11th May 2019 18:08

It might be, but I would see if there was a market for your services first. A few phone calls with the right person in a firm might be all it takes to get a feeling for it.

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By James Green
11th May 2019 19:35

Where are you based?

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By CHRISTINA GORHAM
11th May 2019 20:24

East Berkshire

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By James Green
12th May 2019 12:19

Thanks.

Can’t help on this occasion.

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By James Graham
11th May 2019 20:46

Hi Christina

Have you considered studying for AAT and/or ACCA qualifications ?
As others have said, you will need practice experience as well and these qualifications will help in addition to your bookkeeping. You can study these on your own as well while you continue to work for the charities.
Another options is going to college or university to get a degree then a training contract with a practice and studying ACCA or ICAEW exams.

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By CHRISTINA GORHAM
11th May 2019 21:10

Hi James

I already have an AAT 3 distinction and am now trying to get a job in practice that will fund my ACCA training.

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By AAR
15th May 2019 11:19

Do AAT level 4 before ACCA, you won't have to sit for all ACCA exams.

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By lionofludesch
12th May 2019 12:23

A surplice ?

Are these church charities ?

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By CHRISTINA GORHAM
12th May 2019 12:36

I don't think the spell check knows the difference. And yes I do work for some church charities and some non-church ones too.

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By lionofludesch
12th May 2019 17:34

CHRISTINA GORHAM wrote:

I don't think the spell check knows the difference.

Spell check just checks the spelling. And surplice is the correct spelling. Just the wrong word.

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