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Is AAT worth it?

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It would be a very short blog if we simply said “yes”, but it’s the truth. It is definitely worth doing AAT if you’re interested in accounting. Let us tell you why.

First, what is AAT?

AAT stands for the Association of Accounting Technicians. It’s the UK’s leading professional membership body for accounting staff, and has over 150,000 members in over 90 countries worldwide.

Are there levels to AAT?

Yes - there are four levels of the AAT qualification. It starts at an access level, and then Level 2 - foundation, Level 3 - advanced, and Level 4 - professional.

You don’t need any prior qualifications or experience to start, so it’s perfect for anyone seriously considering a career in the accounting sector.

How long does it take to complete?

Level 2 and 3 take approximately 12 months each to complete, but some people can do them in as little as 6 months. Level 4 usually takes 18 months to complete.

It can be a really quick way to get qualified in an industry-recognised qualification.

Why do AAT?

AAT is greatly respected in the financial industry, and is designed to give you all the practical skills you need to build a career in finance.

AAT qualifications are recognised all over the world, and are generally considered prerequisites for several accountancy positions.

Advantages to being AAT qualified

  • It’s a nationally and internationally recognised qualification
  • It’s a pathway for career development, training, and progression
  • You’ll be in demand by employers in both the public and private sector, with many employers considering AAT qualifications as essential
  • You’ll have greater confidence in your own skills and abilities
  • You’ll have access to, and the support of, a professional body within the accountancy sector.

What can I earn?

With an AAT qualification there are plenty of careers to choose from. For example, you could become a bookkeeper, and earn on average £24,000 a year. Or when fully qualified you could become a tax manager, earning on average £57,000+. It really depends on what area of accounting you want to specialise in, and which level of the AAT qualification you achieve.

It can also depend on the sector you work in, and the amount of experience you have. But AAT can really be worthwhile if you’re looking for a well-paid career.

AAT membership - an added bonus

Once you’ve qualified you can become an AAT member, which is proof that you have the requisite knowledge, and understand the professional and ethical standards that the AAT uphold.

You’ll be able to show prospective employers and clients just how good you are, and demonstrate a commitment to high standards in accounting.

You’ll also benefit from event and networking opportunities, exclusive discounts, industry news and updates, and get access to the AAT Knowledge Hub for technical resources and the most up to date information around accounting.

Interested in AAT?

If you think it’s the qualification for you, check out our AAT pages for more information.