Chartered Accountancy Bodies
Now, it's important to note that an AAT qualification is not the only route to take if you want to become an accountant.
Below are some of the most well-known and globally recognised accountancy bodies that you can enrol with if you have the necessary prerequisites.
ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
ACCA is one of the largest and fastest-growing accounting qualification providers in the world, and the ACCA qualification is designed to give you the most up-to-date skills you need to develop your career as a professional accountant.
ACCA will place you where you need to be regardless of existing qualifications or work experience, so gaining an accredited qualification with their organisation is a great place to start.
CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
CIMA offers those just starting out in their accounting career the opportunity to become qualified in a wide range of roles from finance and consultantcy to senior management positions.
The CIMA qualification is designed to bring together management accounting, financial accounting, and business, so you’ll have the practical skills you need to get your foot in the door with potential employers.
CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public and Finance Accountancy)
This UK chartered accountancy body is exclusively dedicated to pubic financial management with professional qualifications that are tailored to your accountancy career goals including a Professional Accountancy Qualification and CIPFA AAT Apprenticeships.
A CIPFA qualification gives you the hands-on, tactical skills required to become a skilled public finance professional and gain the globally recognised designation of CPFA (Chartered Public Finance Accountant).
ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
The ICAEW has the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available, and their ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA, is respected and recognised around the world across the business, practice, and public sectors.
To qualify with this professional membership organisation, you’ll need to complete the ACA qualification which will provide you with a combination of finance knowledge, accountancy skills, and practical experience for your careeer.
ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland)
Becoming an accountant with ICAS typically takes an average of three years to complete, however, there are a few different routes you can take with this organisation.
In the UK, only those who are ICAS-qualified can use the professional designation of 'Chartered Accountant' – an identifier that holds an immense amount of respect in the world of finance and accountancy.
By earning a qualification with ICAS, you’ll gain the technical industry skills you need, alongside the wider scope of business skills you'll need in management, analysis, communication, and more.
To become a Chartered Accountant, you'll need to study one of the Chartered bodies routes we've listed above.
If you decide to complete your professional qualifications with AAT, however, you'll have the opportunity to fast-track your Chartered qualification with these bodies, making AAT the perfect entry route if you have little to no experience.