How long it takes
Expect to spend
around a year at on each level.
If you’re a school
leaver, this would probably mean three years to qualify as
you’ll start at Level 2.
If you have
previous accounting experience, you might complete training in
two years or less.
If your situation
changes, you might be able to take a study break for up to three
years – any longer and you may need to retake parts of the
You should plan to
spend three hours a week outside of class for each learning and
assessment area you’re studying, then increase it in the run-up
to assessments when you’re revising.
Don’t forget, you
can also draw on a wealth of further AAT support.
Do I need prior
All you need is an
aspiration to achieve - AAT only ask that you’re confident
with numbers and that you can complete assessments and written
projects in English. If you do have any relevant school or college
qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience, these
will still be a help. You might even be able to start with AAT
at a higher level.
What’s the best
level at which to start training?
It all depends on
your qualifications and accounting experience. If you can show
competence in some skills, you might not need to complete every
learning and assessment area. Once you’ve found an AAT approved
training provider that sounds right for you, contact them to talk
about your course options. To prepare for this meeting, complete
Skillcheck [New window] questionnaire, which evaluates your current skills
and experience, and recommends a starting level.