AAT Membership

What is AAT Membership?

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) provide several levels of membership. AAT membership demonstrates you are committed to “exceptionally high standards and ethics in accounting”.

Levels of membership are defined by the individual’s level of accounting expertise. For example, a student membership is for those studying an AAT accounting qualification, but full membership (MAAT) can only be gained once all the relevant qualifications are completed alongside the appropriate work experience.

Types of AAT Membership

  • Student Membership

If you study an AAT accounting qualification, you can become a student member by registering on the AAT website. Student membership gives you access to essential study support resources such as sample assessments, career support tools and exclusive discounts and benefits. By becoming an AAT student member, you will be able to:

  • Study AAT accounting qualifications
  • Sit AAT assessments, and
  • Access resources and support to help you succeed in both your studies and accounting career
  • Affiliate Membership

Once you have completed the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4), you automatically become an AAT affiliate member. Having this membership allows you to stay connected with AAT whilst deciding which professional status is most suited to you. You will also see a higher salary as you go up the levels of AAT membership.

  • Full Membership MAAT:

This membership demonstrates both completion of all the AAT accounting qualifications and work experience in a professional accounting position. With full membership status, you will be able to use the letters MAAT after your name. The letters are internationally recognised as a mark of accounting excellence.

  • Fellow Membership FMAAT:

Once an individual has five years at MAAT level, they are able to gain fellow membership status. This is the highest level of membership AAT offer. Having this membership demonstrates experience at a senior level, superior accounting expertise and continued professionalism. As a fellow member, you will be able to use the letters FMAAT after your name.

  • Bookkeeping Membership AATQB:

Upon completion of the advanced bookkeeping level, you will be eligible for AAT bookkeeping membership. As an AAT bookkeeper you will be able to use the letters AATQB after your name. You can also apply for a license to offer self-employed bookkeeping services.

  • AAT Licensed Members:

AAT licensed members are self-employed accountants and bookkeepers. On completion of the Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4), you will be able to set up your own accountancy practice and offer accounting and bookkeeping services (both supported by AAT) to the public.

Licensed accountants and bookkeepers can provide a number of services such as bookkeeping, financial accounting and accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships, computerised accounting systems, and value added tax.

Interested in studying an AAT accounting qualification to gain any of these AAT memberships? Contact Aspiring Accountants today.


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