AAT Professional


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AAT courses are set at three levels:

  1. Foundation
  2. Advanced
  3. Professional

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is the highest level qualification offered by the Association of Accounting Technicians. The Professional qualification is essential for anyone wishing to become a financial team leader or set up their own accounting practice.

Upon completion of this high level, you'll automatically become an AAT affiliate member, and you'll have the opportunity to become a professional member of AAT (MAAT) once you've gained the requisite work experience. This will allow you to use the designatory letters MAAT after your name on your CV, emails, and business cards, demonstrating your high professional standards to employers and business partners.

You'll also be able to enter one of the many Chartered Accountant fast track programmes which are available to AAT graduates. 

The highest level Bookkeeping qualification offered by AAT is Advanced; there is no AAT Professional Bookkeeping qualification. 


Who is the Professional AAT course suitable for?

This qualification has the highest entry requirements of any AAT course; this makes it suitable for:

  1. Students who have completed the AAT Advanced level
  2. Anyone wanting to become a full AAT member
  3. Anyone wishing to study for chartered status
  4. People who already work in an accounting role looking to enhance their skill set

How difficult is the Professional AAT course?

The Professional course sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 4, or Level 8 in the Scottish system. This means that it's roughly equal in difficulty to a foundation degree, an HND, an HNC, or an NVQ 4/5.

How do I know if Professional is the right level for me?

If you have some accounting experience and you're not certain which level is best for you to start at, take the AAT Skillcheck, a 30-minute multiple choice test that will determine which level best suits your existing knowledge.

Then, give our course advisors a call - they'll run through your professional experience, education and ambitions to ensure you’re making the right choice.

How do I enrol on the course?

Once you’re ready to get started, contact your AAT course advisor. They’ll answer any questions you have, then enrol you over the phone and organise your choice of payment method.

How can I pay for my course?

We believe that studying should be affordable for everyone. While we can't accept 24+ loans, you'll have the opportunity to pay your course fees in monthly, interest-free instalments. That way you can get started on your studies right away with only a small deposit.

If your course is being funded by your employer, just let us know - we'll be able to invoice your company for your course and AAT membership fees.

When can I get started on my course?

There are no cohorts or fixed start dates dictating when you start your studies with us. All our courses are fully online, so all your learning materials will available to you shortly after you enrol. It’s as easy as that!


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