The AAT Accounting Qualification

| September 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and professional membership body for accounting staff with over 120,000 members worldwide.

If you are looking for a career in finance then the AAT could be for you. Maybe you’re already working in finance but without a qualification and want to build your skills, or thinking of changing careers or returning to work after a break.

The AAT can help to progress your career, over 70% of our members agree that an AAT qualification has increased their earning potential.

For instance, a school leaver could become a chartered accountant more quickly than someone who went to university because they can benefit from granted exemptions from the chartered bodies such as CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS. You don’t need prior formal qualifications, but if you have relevant school qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience, you might be able to start at a higher level and progress through the qualification faster.

AAT courses are designed to be flexible and fit around your life and work commitments. You can study full/part-time or from home, work while you study and fast-track to chartered accountancy.

Our course is delivered through more than 450 AAT approved training providers. To find one in your area and register as a student member visit

We also have an extensive branch network where members can access support and personal development opportunities, and meet other AAT members in their local area.

Our qualifications

Our vocational qualifications are designed to give our students practical accounting skills that can be used instantly in the workplace. Many employers prefer to recruit AAT trained staff and some employers also support their staff through the AAT qualification.

We assess understanding and ability through a combination of computer based tests and projects.  Our qualifications include:

We have introduced computer based assessments (CBA). CBAs run throughout the year allowing student members to progress through our qualifications at their own pace, rather than being restricted by exam sittings.

Some other useful links:

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