is intended to update these pages regularly with different discussion
topics. If you would like the AAT to cover a particular aspect
of being a Student (eg. Applications, The AAT's Education and
Training Scheme, etc) then please email us and let us know.
Q. What is the AAT?
A. The professional body for
Accounting Technicians, with approximately 98,000 Members and
Q. What is an Accounting Technician?
A. Accounting Technicians
are skilled accounting staff working in all areas of finance and
business. They work in all employment sectors - industry and commerce,
public sector and accountancy practice. Accounting Technicians
may also be self-employed.
Q. What is an NVQ?
A. National Vocational Qualifications
(NVQs) were set up by the British government as a measure of training
in a range of occupations, including accounting. They are designed
to provide training which is practical as well as ensuring that
Students have the underpinning knowledge they need to work effectively
in their chosen occupation. The AAT is accredited by the government's
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to award NVQs in
Accounting at Levels 2, 3 and 4 and by the Scottish Qualifications
Authority (SQA) to award Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)
in Accounting at the same levels.
Q. What are the benefits of training
for an NVQ with the AAT?
A. The benefits of training
for an NVQ with the AAT for the individual are:
formal recognition of what an Accounting Technician can do
a national qualification
for career development, training and progression
confidence in their own skills and abilities
access to and support of a professional body
opportunity to progress to chartered and certified accountancy
Q. What qualifications do I need to have to become a Student?
A. You don't need any qualifications
but you will need to have a good standard of English and enjoy
working with numbers and communicating with people.
Q. Do I have to start at the beginning
of your Scheme if I already have some qualifications?
A. You may register at any
stage but must gain accreditation at all stages if you wish to
become a full Member of the AAT. There are a small number of recognised
alternative routes to Membership. Details are in the Guide which
is available from the AAT. Email us and ask for one.
What is the AAT Education and Training scheme?
The AAT Education and Training scheme is the progression
from Foundation Stage (NVQ Level 2) to Intermediate Stage (NVQ
Level 3) to The Technician Stage (NVQ Level 4). The students have
to successfully complete all the examinations and skills tests
to be a certified Accounting Technician.
What is the difference between the AAT Education and Training
Scheme and the AAT Diploma in Accounting?
The AAT Education and Training scheme allows students to be designated
as Accounting Technicians on successful completion of all the
examinations and skills tests. The AAT Diploma in Accounting students
have to successfully complete only the formal examinations and
can be designated as Accounting Technicians after three years
of relevant work experience.
Q. Can I get exemptions from some of
the Scheme if I have previous experience or qualifications?
A. The Scheme is designed
to be flexible, so you can start anywhere you choose. However,
if you want to become a Member of the AAT, you will need to be
accredited at all three Stages of the Scheme. Certain qualifications,
such as an A Level in Accounting, or two A Levels in any other
academic subject are recognised in place of part of the Education
and Training Scheme for Membership purposes. Alternatively if
you have appropriate and sufficient work experience in accounting,
you may not need to complete the Foundation Stage. See Alternative
Routes to Membership for more details.
Q. How do I become a Member?
A. To become a Member of
the AAT (MAAT), you will need to be accredited at all three stages
of the Scheme, gain one year's relevant work experience or the
part-time equivalent (which can be completed while you train),
and apply for Membership of the Association.
who are 21 or over and who have four years' relevant work experience
will be entitled to apply for Membership on completion of the
Intermediate and Technician Stages.
Q. How do I find a job now that I have
A. AAT qualified Accounting
Technicians are much in demand by employers in public and private
Q. Can I be self-employed and an AAT
A. You can be self-employed
carrying out accounting, taxation or related consultancy work
whilst a registered AAT Student however, there are some conditions
with which you must comply.
Q. Where can I get further information?
here-- to download a PDF version of
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