AAT licensing

Self-employed members offering bookkeeping or accountancy services

All AAT members offering bookkeeping or accountancy services to clients must hold a valid AAT licence.

It is in the public interest for AAT to be satisfied that all applicants for an AAT licence demonstrate technical competence, adhere to practice assurance standards, and demonstrate their status as 'fit and proper' persons to hold a licence.

An AAT licence entitles members to call themselves an AAT Licensed Accountant or AAT Licensed Bookkeeper, depending on the type of services they have been approved to offer clients.

The AAT Glossary (PDF) provides definitions for the terms used in AAT's policies, regulations and guidance. 

AAT licence requirements