Why AAT: your commonly asked questions

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Where should I start with AAT?

Your starting point is the Foundation Certificate in Accounting. Give AAT a call on +44 20 3735 2400 if you are unsure where to start. You can also take the online skill check to find your most suitable starting point, at aatskillcheck.org. You may be entitled to some exemptions based on previous qualifications or prior work experience. We can put you in touch with a training provider to discuss exemptions if applicable.

How do I find a training provider?

A list of approved AAT providers is available via our find-a-training-provider service on the AAT website. A list of some training providers can be found on page 26.

I have a full-time job. What study options are available?

You can do a distance learning course and do all your studies at home. You could also take evening classes, or there are many apprenticeship placements available that allow you to learn as you work.

How much will training cost?

The cost of a qualification is made up of tuition, assessment and membership fees. The Foundation Certificate in Accounting, for example, will have a total cost of between £1,000 and £2,000, depending on the level of tuition support. Each provider offers differing levels of support and prices its tuition accordingly. Fees for membership are £129, and the five assessments you will sit for the foundation qualification cost around £70 each.

What funding options are there?

There are various funding options available, depending on your location, current situation and study method. Some training providers offer flexible payment methods, including interestfree payment plans. Please contact us for more information.

How long does it take?

As much or as little time as you need, but on average the course takes:

● Six to 12 months for the Foundation Certificate in Accounting

● 12 months for the Advanced Diploma in Accounting

● 12 to 18 months for the Professional Diploma in Accounting

What are my job prospects after I complete each qualification?

AAT is highly sought-after in the accounting and finance industry, and most employers use AAT qualifications as a requirement for finance roles. Companies such as KPMG, Sainsbury’s and Procter & Gamble hire AAT staff. We have a careers advice service and CV builder, giving great tips to help you find a job.

What are the sort of roles I could apply for after completing AAT?

After the foundation certificate, roles include: accounts assistant, accounts payable manager, bookkeeper and trainee accounts technician. After the advanced diploma, you can be a finance assistant, tax assistant, audit trainee or accounts payable and expenses supervisor. After the professional diploma, roles include: cost accountant, fixed asset accountant, VAT accountant and indirect tax manager.

To get started visit StudyAAT or call +44 20 3735 02400

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