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Become An Accounts Payable Technician

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Working As An Accounts Payable Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $37,250

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounts Payable Technician Do

An Accounts Payable Technician performs the day-to-day processing of accounts payable transactions. They prepare and process invoices and other financial documents manually or by using specialized automated software.

How To Become An Accounts Payable Technician

Most bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need some postsecondary education and also learn some of their skills on the job. They must have basic math and computer skills, including knowledge of spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.


Employers generally require bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks to have some postsecondary education, particularly coursework in accounting. However, some candidates can be hired with just a high school diploma.


Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks usually get on-the-job training. Under the guidance of a supervisor or another experienced employee, new clerks learn how to do their tasks, including double-entry bookkeeping. In double-entry bookkeeping, each transaction is entered twice, once as a debit (cost) and once as a credit (income), to ensure that all accounts are balanced.

Some formal classroom training also may be necessary, such as training in specialized computer software. This on-the-job training typically takes around 6 months.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks become certified. For those who do not have postsecondary education, certification is a particularly useful way to gain expertise in the field. The Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation, awarded by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, shows that those who have earned it have the skills and knowledge needed to carry out all bookkeeping tasks, including overseeing payroll and balancing accounts, according to accepted accounting procedures.

For certification, candidates must have at least 2 years of full-time bookkeeping experience or equivalent part-time work, pass a four-part exam, and adhere to a code of ethics.

The National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers also offers certification. The Uniform Bookkeeper Certification Examination is an online test with 50 multiple-choice questions. Test takers must answer 75 percent of the questions correctly to pass the exam.


With appropriate experience and education, some bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks may become accountants or auditors.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need to be comfortable using computer spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.

Detail oriented. These clerks are responsible for producing accurate financial records. They must pay attention to detail in order to avoid making errors and recognize errors that others have made.

Integrity. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks have control of an organization’s financial documentation, which they must use properly and keep confidential. It is vital that they keep records transparent and guard against misappropriating an organization’s funds.

Math skills. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks deal with numbers daily and should be comfortable with basic arithmetic.

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Accounts Payable Technician Career Paths

Accounts Payable Technician
Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Business Analyst Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Office Manager Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Business Analyst
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Controller General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accountant Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Line Maintenance Technician Accounts Payable Clerk Credit Analyst
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Manager Sales Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Lead Accounts Payable Supervisor Accountant
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Manager General Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Inspector Operator
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Lead Account Payables Analyst Staff Accountant
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accountant Controller General Manager
President/Chief Executive Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Accounts Payable Technician Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Persian

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Norwegian

  • Carrier

  • Korean

  • Arabic

  • Italian

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Top Skills for An Accounts Payable Technician


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Top Accounts Payable Technician Skills

  1. Engine RUN
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. P
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform engine runs and adjusting engine parameters.
  • Make payments to check requests and purchase orders; make appropriate deposits on funds collected.
  • Maintained accurate file folders and appropriate documentation regarding all contracts and purchase orders.
  • Perform avionics troubleshooting and configuration modifications.
  • Perform FAA annual heavy maintenance inspection requirements on P-2V and BAE-146 forest fire fighting aircraft at Part 145 repair station.

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