Applying for an AAT licence

It is in the public interest that AAT regulates members who provide bookkeeping or accountancy services to clients.

All AAT members offering self-employed bookkeeping or accountancy services within the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man must hold a valid AAT licence in accordance with AAT’s licence requirements.

Becoming an AAT licensed member is an exciting opportunity to run your own practice, and could help you enjoy greater job satisfaction, job security and earning potential.

Bookkeeping or accountancy?

When applying for an AAT licence you can apply to become an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper or an AAT Licensed Accountant. The one you choose will depend on the type of work you will be offering to clients, and your AAT membership.

Both licence fees include anti-money laundering (AML) supervision and resources. AML supervision is subject to eligibility. If you’re applying to become an AAT Licensed Accountant you’ll also need to pay an application fee in addition to your membership and licence fee. (See all fees.)

AAT Licensed Bookkeeper

Who can apply Services you can be licensed to offer
  • Associate AAT bookkeeping member (AATQB)
  • Full AAT member (MAAT)
  • Fellow AAT member (FMAAT)

AAT Licensed Bookkeepers are regulated to provide up to five services on a self-employed basis. Members are not automatically approved in all services; approval of services is on an individual basis and subject to demonstration of competence as outlined in the Licensing policy. The services are:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial accounting and accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships
  • Computerised accountancy systems
  • Value Added Tax
  • Payroll

All associate bookkeeping, full and fellow AAT members wishing to provide these services to clients, family or friends must be an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper. 

You cannot provide any of these services to clients unless they are covered by your individual licence. Find out more about these services.

AAT Licensed Accountant

Who can apply Services you can be licensed to offer
  • Full member (MAAT)
  • Fellow AAT member (FMAAT) 

AAT Licensed Accountants are regulated to provide up to 18 accountancy services on a self-employed basis.

Members are not automatically approved in all services; approval of services is on an individual basis and subject to demonstration of competence as outlined in the Licensing policy. The services are: 

  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial accounting and accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships
  • Computerised Accountancy Systems
  • Value Added Tax
  • Payroll
  • Financial accounting and accounts preparation for statutory purposes
  • Management accounting
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Corporation Tax
  • Business Income Tax
  • Personal Income Tax
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Internal Audit
  • Independent Examination
  • Limited Assurance Engagements
  • Company Secretarial Services

You cannot provide any of these services to clients unless they are covered by your individual licence. Find out more about these services.

All full and fellow AAT members wishing to provide these services to clients, family or friends must be an AAT Licensed Accountant. 

How to apply

Download the AAT licensed member application form (PDF), which contains full guidance on how to complete each section. Please ensure you download the form to your device and save your progress as you go: do not complete the form within your browser or your changes may not be saved.