Difference between assistant accountant and trainee accountant

Discussion in 'Work, Careers, Employment rights, further study' started by DeirdreM, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. DeirdreM

    DeirdreM Registered User

    I wonder if anyone would be able to tell me the difference between an assistant accountant and a trainee accountant.
  2. Mpsox

    Mpsox Frequent Poster

    Depends on the job description and roles involved, to me, a trainee is not fully qualified whereas an assistant may or may not be qualified.
  3. Yaffle

    Yaffle Registered User

    Last edited: Jun 29, 2009
    I agree with Mpsox

    I would also think a trainee is not as well paid but will get help with qualifications, study leave and possibly better work experience. An assistant Accountant would be better paid, hired to do a more specific job and be back up to the accountant.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2009
  4. jack2009

    jack2009 Frequent Poster

    Usually trainee accountants work in an accounts practice and are training to become fully qualified accountants studying with one of the many professional accountancy bodies.

    Accountants assistant depends on the organisation is some places it is a very low level and badly paid position. However, in some companies it can be a great opportunity.
  5. Brendan Burgess

    Brendan Burgess Founder

    They are only job titles and, as such, would vary a lot between different companies. But here are some rough ideas:

    "trainee" implies that they are actually training to qualify as an accountant, and as been pointed out by Yaffle , will probably get study leave and education expenses.

    "assistant accountant" would suggest that they are not qualified. As a qualified accountant, I don't think I would like the the word "assistant" in my title. An assistant accountant might be studying or might have given up.

    "Accounts assistant" would suggest a tecnician level person who helps out with the accounts e.g. debtors, creditors, bank rec etc, but would probably not be doing general ledger work.

  6. onq

    onq Former user

    I understand that there is also the qualification of Accounting Technician.
    I once worked with one who went on to get her Accountant qualification.
    Even when a Technician, she seemed to have a better grasp of the business that the principle I dealt with.