Accounting and bookkeeping qualifications for your staff

A qualification to fit everyone

What skills does your finance team need?

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We award 80% of all vocational accounting and finance qualifications in the UK. More than 80,000 people a year across all industries worldwide train for AAT qualifications.

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Train your staff with us

Professional growth is vital for your employees. You can help by providing opportunities for staff to develop the knowledge, skills and resources to be successful in their role and career. Quality employer support increases employee engagement, motivation and job satisfaction and plays a key role in talent retention.

We'll help you support your finance staff, enabling them to be the best they can be for themselves, for the growth of your business and to raise accountancy standards.

AAT Accounting Qualifications

Our internationally recognised accounting qualifications are based on real-world accounting knowledge that your staff can use from day one. Each takes six to 18 months to complete.

Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Foundation Certificate in Accounting

How long it takes on average: 6–12 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland)

Typical job opportunities: accounts administrator, accounts assistant, trainee accounting technician

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Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business

Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business

For 16–19-year-olds only.

How long it takes on average: 6–12 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland)

Typical job opportunities: accounts assistant, tax assistant/trainee, trainee accounts technician

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Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Advanced Diploma in Accounting

How long it takes on average: 6–12 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 3 (Level 6 in Scotland)

Typical job opportunities: accounts payable clerk, assistant accountant, audit trainee, bookkeeper, credit controller, finance assistant, payroll administrator, tax assistant

This qualification can be used as a route to AAT bookkeeping membership (AATQB).

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Professional Diploma in Accounting

Professional Diploma in Accounting

How long it takes on average: 9–18 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 4 (Level 8 in Scotland)

Typical job opportunities: accounts payable and expenses supervisor, assistant financial accountant, commercial analyst, cost accountant, payroll manager, senior bookkeeper, senior finance officer, tax supervisor

This qualification can be used as a route to AAT full membership (MAAT).

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Students can start with any qualification depending on their existing skills and experience. If they already have some accounting experience, they should take the AAT Skillcheck test to find out the best qualification to start with.

AAT Bookkeeping Qualifications

These short qualifications will train your staff in both manual and computerised bookkeeping. Each qualification takes just six to 12 weeks to complete.

Access Award in Bookkeeping

Access Award in Bookkeeping

How long it takes on average: 6–12 weeks, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 1

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Access Award in Accounting Software

Access Award in Accounting Software

How long it takes on average: 6 weeks, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 1

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Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

How long it takes on average: 12 weeks, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 2

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Foundation Award in Accounting Software

Foundation Award in Accounting Software

How long it takes on average: 6 weeks, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 2

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Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

How long it takes on average: 6 months, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 3

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This qualification can be used as a route to professional AAT bookkeeping member (AATQB) status.

AAT business skills qualification

Access Award in Business Skills

Access Award in Business Skills

Perfect for those taking their first step on the career ladder.

How long it takes on average: 12 weeks, depending on the student and mode of study

Level 1

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Supporting your staff through full-time study

Full-time AAT courses are a big commitment, but students often qualify sooner than part-time students or distance learners. Employers have a key role in helping staff with their on-the-job learning.

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