Why become a bookkeeper?
With the increasing amount of pressure to make tax digital and the future changes that will be implemented by the Government and HMRC, the profession of bookkeeping has never been more important and a perfect time to train in this prestigious field. The role of the bookkeeper has become an essential part of all successful businesses, ensuring that financial transactions are dealt with accurately and efficiently.
With the introduction of technology, streamlining accounts will be a vital importance in providing the information required to comply with the future Government changes, and to help the business owner review and evaluate how their business is running.
The basic system of manual double entry bookkeeping was invented more than five hundred years ago by a Cistercian monk called Luca Pacioli. His bookkeeping system still survives today and is still used throughout the world.
Although technology and accounting software programmes are increasingly becoming more user friendly, the need for a professional bookkeeper has become more apparent. Expertise is required in order to monitor and maintain that the accounting records are processed correctly to a high standard, to provide the business owner with more time to concentrate on the business.
Why Choose Premier Training:
- Start your studies the day you enrol
- Instant access to tutor support
- E-learning with an AAT award winning training provider
- Prompt marking turnaround
- Pay by instalments (interest free)
- 24 hour online access
- Instant access to tutor support
- Pass Promise
About the Bookkeeping Courses
At Premier Training we go the extra mile to make sure that as a student, you have all the material, resources and support that is available to you throughout your studies. You will receive all course materials the next working day (if enrolled before 2.30pm) and online material available within the hour.
Studying this course will enable you to gain the valuable qualifications and key skills to be able to set yourself up as a self-employed bookkeeper.
What will it include?
You will study all aspects of Bookkeeping up to trial balance. This will be both manual and computerised. Your special bundle will include all course materials, full tutor support and our Premier Programme.
What services can you provide?
The types of services typically carried out by a bookkeeper include:
- Purchase orders and invoicing
- Sales accounting and credit control
- Cash and banking admin
- Data processing
- Payroll accounting
- Using data to prepare financial statements
- VAT processing and returns
You might have considered what may happen when your bookkeeping business takes off. Why not take the next step and become an AAT Licensed Accountant. You may work towards this by enrolling on the Professional Diploma in Accounting.
Q: How do I gain work experience in order to start my business? A: Why not try volunteering or contacting local Accountants asking if they would be willing to help you gain work experience.
Q: What do I need to set up my business? A: You need to register with HMRC as self employed, register for MLR supervision, register under the Data Protection, have indemnity insurance with a minimum value of £50,000.
The AAT brand is a highly recognised professional body which allows you to advertise to potential clients and employers that you are a member of a prestigious accounting awarding body.
Student’s views – How has the AATQB qualification and practice license helped you?
“Having AATQB in my advertising makes it look more professional, therefore any potential clients should have more confidence in my abilities”.
“I’m licensed by the AAT and that helps in attracting clients”
“Makes my name sound awesome”
|AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping|
|The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is a short qualification to help students develop essential bookkeeping skills. Once completed, they will have developed an understanding of basic accounting practices and techniques including double-entry bookkeeping.
Depending on your abilities, previous work experience and qualifications and your work and family commitments it can take 2 to 3 months to complete this course.
Two units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments by computer based test at an AAT approved assessment centre. You will receive your results within 24 hours.
|AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software|
|The Foundation Award in Accounting Software is a short qualification with one unit. Developed as a stand-alone nationally recognised qualification, the Award in Accounting Software is perfect for those who need to get to grips with accounting software and enhance their current knowledge, allowing them to use such software in the work environment.
One unit is assessed individually in end-of-unit assessment by computer based test at an AAT approved assessment centre. You will receive your results in 6 weeks.
|AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping|
|The purpose of the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the advanced bookkeeping skills necessary to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out advanced bookkeeping transactions and tasks in three mandatory units.
The qualification is composed of three mandatory units assessed in three end-of-unit assessments:
The skills developed in the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to employment as:
Once you have completed the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping, you can apply for AAT Licensed Bookkeeper status
To demonstrate your bookkeeping skills and expertise to colleagues, employers and clients as an AAT Bookkeeper you can use the letter AATQB after your name. Please visit the AAT website for further information and fees that will apply: www.aat.org.uk/bookkeeping
Three units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments by computer based test at an AAT approved assessment centre. You will receive your results within 24 hours.
|Sage 50 Payroll|
Sage 50 Payroll Certification is the only accredited performance-based certification program approved by Sage, the UK’s largest provider of payroll software.
This course broadens your experience of Sage 50 Payroll. You will concentrate on statutory elements that you will need to deal with in your business, learn how to process the payroll year end and import and export your payroll data.
Sage Certification are online exams taken with Sage you can take in the comfort of your own home. You can purchase the exams through Premier Training and once ordered you will be provided with a serial number to register yourself for the exam
Once you have done this you will receive an email from Sage explaining how to take your exam.
What level should I start at?
It will depend on the qualifications and/or work experience you have already gained.
If you have good numeracy skills and existing business/administrative knowledge you will be able to join the course directly at the Foundation Certificate Level.
If you also have work experience or qualifications within manual bookkeeping there may be an option to start at the Advanced Certificate Level.
To assess which level you can start at, you will be required to either provide current (qualifications that are completed within the last three years) and relevant qualifications. You can email them to email@example.com and our assessors will advise if you are eligible for any exemptions.
If you have bookkeeping/accounting work experience you will be required to complete a short online initial assessment that on completion is marked by an assessor. We will then contact you with the results and help you to make an informed decision.
If you would like to complete the assessment: Click Here
My Premier Training Account (MyPTA)
MyPTA is your own personal online account that has everything you need to study right at your fingertips. You will have access to:
- Tutor and course advisor contact details
- Study books online
- Personal timetable
- Revision tools and extra e-learning tests
- Registration and ID numbers
- Instalment plan details
Online Interactive Videos
E-Learning videos in which our tutors cover key topics visually to aid our students learning and development.
Our assignments are skills based, allowing you to put into practice what you have learned in theory. They cover the course topics extensively to ensure students are fully prepared for the AAT assessments. Each assignment will cover a few chapters of your study book to allow you to recap and test your knowledge of each section.
Online Practice Assessments
Our practice assessments are designed to prepare students for their live AAT assessment. They are based closely on the actual assessment so that students are fully prepared and aware of what will be expected.
- All of our tutors are qualified in accounting with both vocational and extensive teaching experience.
|Books – Study Manuals||Assignments|
|Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls (BTRN)
|Example online assignment: AAT Level 2 or 3 –
Which AAT level is best for you?
|E-learning||Sage 50 Accounts||My Premier Programme|
|E-learning Interactive Video Quiz
||Sage 50 Accounts – Overview|
About Tutor Support
- Tutors are efficient, patient and friendly and you can call as many times as you need.
- You have instant and direct access to your personal tutor and course advisor via telephone and email.
- Assignments are marked by a tutor and not a computer and are returned promptly to keep you on the right track.
- We have personal course advisors, many of whom have completed or are currently studying AAT courses and who have hands on experience of balancing studies with work and family commitments.
- We have in-house IT specialists
You will be allocated two personal tutors that will work as a team to guide you throughout the course. You will have a primary personal tutor who will be your first port of call and a co-tutor there as a backup if and when your primary tutor is not available and to help keep the marking turnaround prompt.
Studying with us you will find the staff patient, friendly and helpful. We offer a great support network for students. You will receive constructive feedback and unlimited guidance and support. Simply call and there is always someone to help.
The office is open at the following times:
|9am – 8pm
9am – 8pm
9am – 8pm
9am – 8pm
9am – 5pm
9am – 12pm
Mentoring to help you start trading
You’re probably asking yourself “Now I’m qualified how do I start trading as a Self Employed Bookkeeper?”
This is where we come in. As part of this package you will also receive valuable support and guidance to achieve your goal of trading as a bookkeeper and offering your services to clients.
Here is a simple breakdown of the advice and support you will receive:
- Help applying for a Practising License and AATQB membership
- Provide recommendations regarding Indemnity insurance
- Pricing Structure
- Advice on MLR (Money Laundering Regulation)
- Advice on AMLR (Anti Monday Laundering Regulation) Checks
- Data Protection Legislation
- Accounting/Payroll Software Packages
- CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
- Dealing with clients
- Networking/Brand Awareness
- Peer to peer support
- Exclusive Facebook group
- Limited telephone support for 3 months
- Unlimited email support for 3 months
You will receive your mentoring pack in the form of an e-handbook after you have completed the course. It will give you step by step guidance and explain how to access your support and guidance.
Premier in Practice Facebook Group
This group is for those aspiring to become bookkeepers or accountants, and for those already working in practice. It is a place where you will receive motivation, help and support along with mentoring in order for you to provide a “Premier” service to your clients.
We want to help you to get started on your studies without the burden of excessive course fees that some providers charge. Award winning support, training and study resources should not cost you the earth, which is why we have kept our course fees very competitive to help on your journey to success.
Even better, you can pay the course fees by interest free instalments and include your AAT subscription fees, which means you can register with the AAT now, spread the cost and take advantage of the AAT resources as well. Here is a breakdown of the fees:
|Gold Package: Consists of the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping and Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping courses.|
|P & P||£17|
The course fees can be paid up to 8 monthly instalments (interest free) and can include your AAT Subscription fee of £43.
You can pay as little as £91.88 per month
|Diamond Package: Consists of the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping and Using Accounting Software courses.|
|P & P||£17|
The course fees can be paid up to 10 monthly instalments (interest free) and can include your AAT Subscription fee of £43.
You can pay as little as £100.60 per month
|Platinum Package: Consists of the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping , Using Accounting Software and Sage 50 Payroll courses.|
|P & P||£17|
The course fees can be paid up to 12 monthly instalments (interest free) and can include your AAT Subscription fee of £43 (if you are not already registered with the AAT).
You can pay as little as £113.83 per month
AAT Awarding body/Assessment fees
In addition to the Premier Training course fees you will be required to pay a student subscription fee to the AAT and assessment fees to the AAT Approved Assessment Centre (AAC). .
|AAT student subscription fee – payable upon registering with the AAT|
|£43 Subscription fee – Entitles you to study any of the bookkeeping and accounting software courses within a 12 month period|
Assessment fees are payable to the assessment centre as and when you book each assessment. The fees will vary depending on the centre and consist of the AAT Assessment fee and Assessment Centre Administration fee. A fee is payable for every individual unit assessment.
As the fees vary we can only give you an approximate idea of what they will be. Don’t worry though, as we have a team of course advisors that will assist you to find the nearest centre and what they charge. Alternatively you can find your nearest assessment centre using the AAT online search facility: https://www.aat.org.uk/assessment/assessment-venue/search
Here is a breakdown of the AAT assessment fees. You will need to add approximately £45 per assessment fee for the exam centre’s invigilation/admin fee:
Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping:
- Unit assessments £41 each (2 assessments)
Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping:
- Unit assessment £44 each (3 assessments)
Level 2 Award in Accounting Software:
- Unit assessment £41 each (1 assessment)
- Unit assessment £69.60 each (3 assessments) Payable to Premier Training
On successful completion of each course you will receive your certificate directly from the AAT. The Sage Payroll certificate will be provided independently.
How and where do I sit an assessment?
- There are AAT approved assessment centres across the UK. The AAT have a search facility on their website that you will find in your MyAAT account.
- Log in to your personal online MyAAT and search for your nearest assessment centre.
- Simply contact your chosen assessment centre and book your assessment on a date that is available.
- You will be required to pay the assessment fee directly to the assessment centre.
- Sage Payroll – Call your Premier Training course advisor to book this assessment
You can enrol regardless of academic background, nationality, age, location, gender, religion or occupation; and with the determination to succeed you will gain a qualification which is very recognised by employers.
There are several ways to enrol with Premier Training on your chosen AAT course. Simply choose the way that is most convenient to you. Remember our late nights are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, till 8.00pm. If you enrol Monday to Friday before 2.30pm you will receive all your course material the very next day (including Saturday!).
|By phone: Simply telephone 01469 515444. The easiest and quickest way to enrol is over the phone using a credit/debit card. This will only take a few minutes and the course advisor will complete the enrolment form for you.|
|Online: To enrol online just click on the link below and the link will take you to where you can complete an online enrolment form and pay securely using a credit or debit card, via our secure server.|
|By post: Please fill in the course enrolment form which can be downloaded here: Information Pack and Enrolment Form and fax to 01469 572349 or post to:
Prince Henry Drive
DN40 1QY UNITED KINGDOM
You can pay by cheque, postal order or debit / credit card.
|By invoice: If fees are payable by a third party, e.g. an employer, download this enrolment form and ask your employer to sign section 3 then fax to 01469 572349 or post to:
Prince Henry Drive
DN40 1QY UNITED KINGDOM
Alternatively you can scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Your course material will be dispatched straight away and an invoice will be sent for payment to the address advised. Please be sure to provide a purchase order number if required.
Should you have any queries about enrolling on your chosen course, please do not hesitate to contact us first for advice.