Become an AAT full member (MAAT)

If your goal is to become an accountant, then applying for AAT full membership after you qualify is an important step in your career. It demonstrates your experience in key areas of finance, can increase your earning potential and is the quality mark that can be the deciding factor for organisations when recruiting accounting and finance staff.

As an AAT full member, you can:

  • stand out in the industry with your designatory MAAT letters
  • gain professional credibility and a competitive edge when progressing through your career
  • access an expansive library of support and resources to help you succeed in the finance industry, including our award-winning AT magazine
  • get technical and ethical support when you need it through online e-learning, webinars and more
  • receive a discount on your membership while you study if you choose to progress to chartered
  • apply to run your own business as an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper.

Find out more about the benefits of AAT full membership 

How to become an AAT full member

There are three ways to become an AAT full member.

1. Study AAT Accounting Qualifications

You can become an AAT Accountant by studying AAT Accounting Qualifications. The training can take as little as two to three years to complete. We offer four AAT Accounting Qualifications:

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

You can start with any qualification depending on your existing skills and experience. If you already have some accounting experience, take the AAT Skillcheck test to find out the best qualification to start with.

How to apply

When you have successfully completed the Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (Professional), you'll automatically become an AAT affiliate member.

Once you meet our work experience requirement, you can apply to become an AAT full member and achieve professional MAAT status. Your application will include a "Fit and proper" assessment to ensure you meet our membership requirements.

2. Membership of another professional accounting body

You can apply for MAAT status if you are:

  • part-way through studying a professional accounting qualification
  • fully qualified with a professional accounting qualification
  • a professional member of another accounting body.

Your application will include a "Fit and proper" assessment to ensure you meet our membership requirements.

How to apply

Find out more about joining AAT from another professional body.

Your application will include a "Fit and proper" assessment to ensure you meet our membership requirements.

3. With an accounting or finance degree

You can apply for MAAT status if you have an accounting or finance degree from one of our partner universities.

How to apply

Find out more about joining AAT with an accounting or finance degree.

 

Next steps

Contact us

If you would like advice on studying an AAT qualification or AAT 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.

You can email us at customersupport@aat.org.uk