A guide to AAT qualifications

KBM is delighted to guide and facilitate you on the AAT Qualifications. The AAT courses are world’s renowned accounting and finance qualifications. 

You can benefit from a helping hand now and again. This guide will help you understand all about the course, job opportunities, assessments and salary once you complete the qualifications.

Introduction of the AAT

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is active since 1980. AAT is the world’s leading professional body for Accounting Technicians, with over 150,000 worldwide members in more than 90 countries. UK’s leading chartered accountancy bodies CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS are sponsoring the AAT. 

Employer demands employee with AAT qualifications. Xero has revealed their very recent review states that more accounting & bookkeeping practices found AAT qualifications essential when employing than any other skill. 

You’ll be increasing essential skills - you can start using instantly, even before you finish the course – only learning theories is not the aim.

It provides you with the self-assurance - AAT course is going to have a glaring effect on your career. 

KBM is highly capable of providing a range of AAT certified accounting and bookkeeping courses. Our training will equip you with the competence, knowledge and applied skills required to succeed in the accounting and finance sector. 

Majority of accounting students choose us to study the AAT qualifications as the KBM has prepared thousands of accountants and bookkeepers through AAT qualifications.

International Recognition

AAT qualifications are internationally accepted and recognised. The basis of the courses includes practical training, daily bookkeeping knowledge and competence. AAT Accounting Qualifications are a specialised, much-respected symbol of guarantee and excellence in accounting. AAT’s range of accounting and small business qualifications work for employees and employers equally, to bring essential business skills.

Information about the Three Levels of AAT Courses

There are three accounting qualifications, 

  • Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

  • Level 2 Foundation Award in Accounting Software

  • Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

If you complete all three qualifications, you can obtain an AAT Certified Public Accountant status.

Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2

Prepare yourself for all entry-level accounting job roles. The qualification provides you with the precious introduction to financial management, a strong basis for further study—critical areas of bookkeeping, basic costing principles, double-entry bookkeeping, and the use of bookkeeping software.

Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3

It builds your skills with in-depth knowledge at advanced bookkeeping disciplines; this covers advanced level bookkeeping, financial processing, final accounts and proper practices for accountants. It continues to enhance your experience and skill in all areas of accounting. It provides master-level capabilities of crucial subjects and applications of accounting.

Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4

The qualification is to enhance the skills developed from the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting, which prepare students and professional to exploit opportunities in their current or new job. Through studying this qualification, students and professional will obtain professional accounting and finance skills — the course is useful throughout your careers. It covers the mandatory units such as Management Accounting Budgeting, Financial Statements of Limited Companies and Accounting Systems and Controls. Optional units are Business Tax, Personal Tax, External Auditing, Cash & Treasury Management and Credit Management.

Prominent AAT Courses

  • Access Award in economic Skills Level 1
  • Access Award in Accountancy Software Level 1
  • Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2
  • Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2
  • Foundation Diploma in Accountancy and Business Level 2
  • Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3
  • Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 3
  • Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4

Companies Ask for AAT Qualification

Financial management is the nucleus of any size business, hence the demand for bookkeeping and finance skills is continuously high as compared to other sectors. AAT establish a level of excellence and competence sought after by employers – AAT enhances the value of your CV. The practical, industry-focussed training prepare you to achieve finances, budgets & cash flow effectively and play a key role in your business to grow

Options Open for Your Career

When you complete the AAT qualification, you are open to choose where your desired aims take you, you can:

  • Start work straight away
  • Set up your accounting and secretarial practice
  • Become a chartered accountant- CA

Move on to become Chartered Accountant

The AAT Accounting Qualifications are a highly appreciated foundation for chartered accountancy. Completion of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping enables you to receive substantial exemptions with all the UK chartered and certified accounting bodies.

Move on to a Professional Qualification

You need to complete the three levels of AAT Accounting Qualification and obtain exemptions on the first level of the professional study:

  • Exclusion from the Certificate level (CIMA)
  • Qualify via the AAT-ACA fast-track route (ICAEW)
  • Exemption from the Applied Knowledge level papers (ACCA)
  • Exemption from two out of five subjects from the Test of Capability level (ICAS)

Accelerate Your Potential

If you are working in economics role and are looking for a new challenge, AAT can support you to improve your career choices. Enhance your competence, knowledge and study new skills or receive recognition for the skills you already have.

Career Path

AAT allows you to apply for more specialist roles such as Bookkeeper, Finance Officer, and Credit Controller. There are many career progression avenues available depending on objectives you could work towards a career as a Chartered Accountant, Financial Controller, Finance Manager etc.

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