Get chartered

Once you have successfully completed the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting you can go on to study chartered accountancy. This is an extremely popular route - a third of all AAT students go on to chartered studies. 

Chartered status supports a wide range of managerial finance roles across every sector.

The AAT fast track route to chartered status

All of the UK's chartered accountancy bodies offer AAT full members (MAAT) and fellow members (FMAAT) generous exemptions and a fast track route to chartered status. This fast track allows non-graduates to achieve chartered status more quickly than by following the university path.

Find out more about chartered exemptions via the links below:

ACCA Association of Chartered Certified Accountants


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
CIPFA Chartered Institute of Public and Finance Accountancy


Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
ICAS Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Why become a chartered accountant?

Chartered accountants offer financial advice, audit records, manage finance systems and budgets. They play a strategic role by providing professional advice aimed at maximising profitability for their employer.

As a chartered accountant you will build on the technical knowledge, professional skills and practical experience you gained when completing your AAT Accounting Qualifications, increasing your value to employers.

Which employers train their staff to chartered level?

Although the majority of training opportunities for chartered accountants are in public practice, more and more employers are offering training contracts for chartered status. 

  • Public practice
    International accounting organisations or smaller accountancy firms, known as small and medium practices (SMPs) - providing a variety of accounting and business services to clients.
  • Industry and commerce
    Major commercial companies, such as those in the manufacturing, retail and telecoms industries.
  • Public sector
    Local and central government, educational institutions, charities and not-for-profit organisations. Historically, the public sector has not been a big recruiter/trainer of chartered accountants, but this has increased in recent years.


Become an AAT Accountant (MAAT)

If you decide not to become a chartered accountant you can still gain professional accountant status with AAT.

To apply to become a full AAT member you will need to successfully complete AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, meet our work experience requirements and submit a professional referee. If successful, you will be entitled to use the designatory letters MAAT after your name.

An AAT Accountant (MAAT) can perform the same accounting tasks as a chartered accountant, however they are unable to sign off an auditor's report. AAT professional members are globally recognised - AAT is a full member of IFAC (the International Federation of Accountants). 

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