Level 7 Trailblazer Standard for Accounting Professionals

Develop your skills and behaviours to satisfy the requirements at Level 7
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The following apprenticeship schemes all satisfy the requirements of the Level 7 Trailblazer Standard for Accounting Professionals:

ACCA Level 7 Professional Accountant Apprenticeship

ICAEW Accountancy Professional Apprenticeship (Level 7)

CIMA Apprenticeship Scheme

The detailed learning outcomes underpinning the skills and behaviours for Level 7 are specified in the standard. They are shown below together with the accountingcpd.net resources that will help you to achieve them.

Level 7 Skills

Building relationships

Build trusted and sustainable relationships with individuals and organisations. Consistently support individuals and collaborate to achieve results as part of a team.

Core content
Working in Accounting and Finance Teams
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
Networking skills, Network Leadership, The Business Finance Partner
4-hour courses
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Networking, Negotiation or Professional Skills
15-minute bites

Business Insight

Influence the impact of business decisions on relevant and affected communities based on an appreciation of different organisations and the environments in which they operate.

Core content
The Finance Business Partner
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
Strategic Analysis and Competitive Positioning, Executing Strategy for Competitive Advantage, Measuring Performance to Deliver Results
4-hour courses
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Strategic Management or BPM
15-minute bites

Communication

Communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner. Adapt communications to suit different situations, individuals or teams.

Core content
Communicating for Professional Success
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
Communicating Complex Ideas, Grammar and Effective Writing, Presenting Numerical Data
4-hour courses
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Communication
15-minute bites

Ethics and Integrity

Identify ethical dilemmas, understand the implications and behave appropriately. Understand their legal responsibilities, both within the letter and the spirit of the law, as well as be aware of the procedures for reporting concerns over potentially unethical activities.

Core content
Ethical Issues for Accountants
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
Professionalism & Ethics for Accountants, Ethical Compliance, Ethics in Tax
4-hour courses
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Ethics & Professionalism
15-minute bites

Leadership

Take ownership of allocated projects and effectively manage their own time and the time of others. Demonstrate good project management skills to deliver high quality work within the appropriate timeline. Act as a role model and motivate others to deliver results.

Core content
Project Management for Accountants
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
Leadership Skills for Accountants, Agile SCRUM Project Management, Project Financial Management, Managing Change and Transformation, Managing Professionals for Results, Coaching Skills for Accountants, Managing from Within the Team, Network Leadership
4-hour courses
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Leadership & Management, Project Management
15-minute bites

Problem Solving & Decision Making

Evaluate information quickly and draw accurate conclusions. Assess a problem from multiple angles to ensure all relevant issues are considered. Gather the appropriate facts and evidence in order to make decisions effectively.

Core content
Problem Solving for Accountants
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
Innovation for Accountants
4-hour course
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Professional Skills or Entrepreneurship
15-minute bites

Level 7 Behaviours

Adds Value

Anticipate an individual’s/organisations future needs and requirements. Identify opportunities that can add value for the individual/organisation.

Core content
Thinking Strategically
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
International & Remote Working, Building Resilience, Managing from Within the Team
4-hour courses
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Professional Skills
15-minute bites

Continuous Improvement

Take responsibility for their own professional development by seeking out opportunities that enhance their knowledge, skills and experience.

Core content
Developing Your Professional Career
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
Creativity for Finance Professionals, Building Resilience for Professional Success, The Finance Business Partner
4-hour courses
Supplementary content - CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Career Development
15-minute bites

Flexibility

Adapt approach to assist organisations and individuals to manage their conflicting priorities as circumstances change.

Core content
Managing Change and Transformation
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
The Finance Business Partner, International & Remote Working
4-hour courses
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Professional Skills
15-minute bites

Professional Scepticism

Apply a questioning mind to conditions which may indicate a possible misstatement of financial information due to error or fraud.

Core content
Professional Scepticism
4-hour course
Supplementary content - courses
Professionalism & Ethics for Accountants
4-hour course
Supplementary content – CPD Bites
Other useful content can be found by visiting the CPD Bites homepage and filtering the list for Ethics and Professionalism
15-minute bites