Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for AAT students, training providers, members and employers

Last updated 27 May 2020

Updates in relation to Covid-19 will be announced on this page, through AAT social media, and through your regular emails.

AAT assessments are back

We're pleased to confirm that AAT assessments will be available again from Monday 29 June.

We know that many of our training providers have started planning on reopening their doors in a safe way. As a result, we felt it was necessary to make a decision on turning our assessments back on to help students progress through AAT qualifications.

Students and training providers can read the full details on the Covid-19 assessments page.

  • Social distancing guidance: we expect all of our training providers and assessment venues to act responsibly and ensure they adhere to all government rules and guidelines in relation to social distancing when offering AAT assessments on site. We'll be providing more guidance to training providers and assessment venues in the coming weeks.
  • Synoptic window dates have now been confirmed for the remainder of the year and include additional dates to help with planning and potential capacity issues due to social distancing restrictions. 

Remote invigilation

We're working towards introducing remote invigilation for some of our assessments where appropriate and we aim to deliver some assessments in August through remote invigilation.

Read our dedicated page on remote invigilation.

Calculated results

Following discussions with Ofqual, we have agreed that AAT will calculate results for students who could reasonably have been expected to complete the Foundation Certificate in Accounting or Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business this summer.

Read our dedicated page about calculated results.

Launch of AQ2021

Currently the plans for the development and launch of AQ2021 remain unchanged. If there is any change to this position, we will inform training providers as soon as possible.

Apprentices and End Point Assessments

Where an apprentice cannot undertake a professional discussion from their employer's or training provider's premises, the discussion can be conducted remotely via a Smart Room, providing that all requirements relating to appropriate environment and student identification can be met. Training providers should inform AAT by emailing epa@aat.org.uk when this situation arises.

How we're supporting you

We recognise that your needs during this time may have changed and appreciate that hundreds of you have taken the time to make suggestions on ways we can support you. Our coronavirus resources page features some brand new materials to help you and your business, including:

  • our new AAT Future Finance 2020 Online learning experience for professional members
  • our new Training Provider Conference online for AAT training providers
  • brand new AAT Lifelong Learning Portal for students
  • AAT Comment Coronavirus resource hub for news and advice to support members and employers through the Covid-19 situation
  • a new coronavirus category on AAT Knowledge Hub for professional members
  • a new enhanced webinar programme for professional members
  • new support forum for AAT licensed members on the AAT Discussion forums
  • additional SummingUp Live sessions for training providers.

AAT membership renewals: additional extensions now added

Managing the renewals of our members in a fair and considered way during this challenging time is essential. As a non-profit organisation, our sole purpose is to serve our global community, and we must protect our ability to support our 130,000 members who rely on us for guidance, resources and insight. However, we must also support those students who are shortly due to complete their qualification and may not have budgeted for an additional year of student membership.

We have now granted a three-month extension to the following groups.

  • All students studying any of our short qualifications who are due to complete by 30 September will receive an extension until 31 October. Our short qualifications are:
    • Access Award in Accounting Software (Level 1)
    • Access Award in Bookkeeping (Level 1)
    • Access Award in Business Skills (Level 1)
    • Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2)
    • Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2)
    • Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 2)
    • Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 3).
  • Students studying one of the following qualifications who have either one or two assessments remaining and are due to renew between 1 April and 1 July will be extended until 1 August or later. The qualifications are:
    • Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)
    • Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)
    • Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4).

All students impacted by this change are in the process of being contacted. It’s our hope that assessments will reconvene as soon as possible and that students in the groups above will be able to complete their qualification within this extended period.

In addition, all students who have purchased a separate End Point Assessment (EPA) that is due to expire by 30 September have also received an extension until Thursday 31 December 2020 and have been contacted.

All other students, affiliates, professional and licensed members who are due to renew are being asked to do so as usual, and we thank you for the support you have shown. This will protect our organisation’s future and ensure we can remain here to support you after this crisis subsides. It will also protect our ability to serve the public interest, provide anti-money laundering supervision, and ensure that key standards and regulations are maintained. However, we are monitoring the situation daily and will contact subsequent groups of members in due course should it change and we feel it appropriate to offer additional extensions.

If you're facing financial difficulties

We understand that many of our members have had their income impacted during this time, and we provide a range of options that you can take advantage of to make your fee more manageable. This includes Direct Debit instalments, and reduced fees for eligible full members, fellow members and AAT Licensed Accountants. If you pay your own fee, you may also be eligible for tax relief.

If none of the above apply to you and you’re due to renew, we encourage you to email us and explain your situations so we can see how we can help you.

AAT events and webinars

All AAT face-to-face events are cancelled until 30 June, and all registered attendees have received full refunds.

We’re also excited to deliver some new online learning opportunities to help you stay connected and informed, including:

  • AAT Future Finance 2020 Online for professional members
  • our new enhanced webinar programme for students and professional members
  • our online Training Provider conference.

AAT office closure

The AAT office remains closed and we have a reduced team working from home so we can continue to provide you with the help you need. To ensure we can assist you as quickly as possible, please send application information and other details via email as we have no access to any post.

Contact us

The situation is changing rapidly, and so we’ll be in touch as soon as we have any further updates and will share them on this page. But if you need us, please get in touch by email or give us a call. You can also follow AAT on Twitter and on Facebook.

  • Students: we’ll keep you up to date via your regular AAT Weekly email.
  • Training providers: please speak to your Regional Account Manager. We will keep you updated via your regular SummingUp emails.
  • Members: we’ll keep you up to date via your regular AAT News email.
  • Employers: we’ll keep you up to date via AAT Employer News or alternatively you can get in touch with our employer team: email employers@aat.org.uk or give us a call on +44 (0) 203 735 2434.

Thank you for your support.