Achieve AAT Bookkeeper status (AATQB)

What can an AAT Bookkeeper do?

An AAT Bookkeeper is qualified to provide bookkeeping services to support businesses of all sizes with accurate financial records ensuring that their accounts are up-to-date.

A bookkeeper helps businesses stay in complete control of their finances - they deal with day-to-day finance tasks such as data entry, VAT returns and payroll, and can prepare anything up to trial balance. The types of services typically carried out by a bookkeeper include:

  • Purchase orders and invoicing
  • Sales accounting and credit control
  • Cash and banking admin
  • Data processing
  • Payroll accounting
  • Using data to prepare financial statements

Professional status

Our professional bookkeeper status launched in July 2016 offering a new level of AAT membership - AAT Bookkeeper. An AAT Bookkeeper holds an AAT associate bookkeeping membership and can use the designatory letters AATQB after their name.


How to achieve AATQB status

There are two ways you can achieve AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status:


1. Study AAT bookkeeping qualifications

You can achieve AAT Bookkeeper status (AATQB) by studying our bookkeeping qualifications. We offer five qualifications - these are split between manual bookkeeping and computerised accounting software.

If you are starting with an Introductory qualification, it could take as little as 10 to 12 months to complete all three levels. However most students start their studies with a Foundation qualification, so could take even less time.

If you already have some bookkeeping experience, depending on your knowledge and skills you might be able to start your studies with the Advanced qualification.

  • Access Award in Bookkeeping (Level 1)
  • Access Award in Accounting Software (Level 1)

  • Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2)
  • Foundation Certificate in Accounting Software (Level 2)
  • Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping and Ethics (Level 3)

How to apply

When you successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping and Ethics (Level 3) you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status.

If you started the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping and Ethics before September 2016, you will need to sit the additional Indirect Tax unit to be eligible for AAT associate bookkeeping membership. Please contact us for further details on +44(0)20 3735 2468 or


2. Study AAT Accounting Qualifications

You can achieve AAT Bookkeeper status (AATQB) by studying AAT Accounting Qualifications. The training can take as little as 1 to 2 years to complete. We offer four AAT Accounting Qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (Foundation)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Accounting and Business (Foundation) - for 16-19 year olds
  • Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (Professional)

How to apply

Students who have successfully completed the following Accounting Qualifications will be eligible to apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (Professional)

Once you are an AAT associate bookkeeping member (AATQB) you can continue your accounting studies or complete your work experience to achieve full AAT membership (MAAT)


Contact us

If you would like advice on studying an AAT qualification or professional status, speak to one of our helpful advisors on +44(0)20 3735 2434. Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 09.00-20.00 and Friday 09.00-17.00 UK time. You can also request a call back.

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Why professional AATQB status matters

Professional recognition

AATQB status (AAT associate bookkeeping membership) is a new professional designation for employees in bookkeeping roles. It indicates the highest standards of professional conduct, up to date technical knowledge and commitment to ongoing learning. It's becoming increasingly important for businesses to employ staff with professional status. AAT is a full member of IFAC, the global organisation for the accountancy profession.

Professional standards

AATQB status demonstrates that you are undergoing CPD, signed-up to AAT's Code of Professional Ethics, and are subject to our disciplinary processes. Our Code of Professional Ethics involves following five fundamental principles: integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality, and professional behaviour. With AAT associate bookkeeping membership you are investing in your career and demonstrating the highest standards and best practice in bookkeeping.

Progression options

When you are looking for promotion, professional AATQB status is a visible mark of quality, competence and commitment. ​It also instils confidence in colleagues and clients. AAT Bookkeepers can go on to study AAT Accounting Qualifications and apply for MAAT status (become an AAT full member). MAAT status offers a fast track route to chartered status with all of the UK's chartered accountancy bodies.

Benefits of AAT associate bookkeeping membership

  • AATQB designatory letters
  • Access to exclusive online CPD resources
  • Monthly newsletter to keep you up to date on industry news
  • Free and discounted AAT events
  • Discounts on a range of services and products (including holidays and insurance) through AAT Rewards

Next steps


Contact us

If you have any questions call us on +44 (0)20 3735 2434. Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 09.00-20.00 and Friday 09.00-17.00 UK time. You can also request a call back.

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