Professional membership for your staff

If you're looking for professional recognition for your staff, we offer two routes:

  • AAT bookkeeping membership (AATQB)
  • AAT full membership (MAAT).

MAAT is a fast-track route to chartered status with any of the UK's chartered accountancy bodies.

Progression to AAT bookkeeping membership

AAT bookkeeping membership demonstrates your staff's expertise and shows they're keen to excel in their career. They'll have to demonstrate their commitment to professional development through CPD to keep their skills up to date.


Staff are eligible to apply for AAT bookkeeping membership if one or more of the below applies.

  • They've completed the AAT Advanced (Level 3) Certificate in Bookkeeping on the AQ2016 or Q2022 standards.
  • They've completed the AAT Advanced (Level 3) Diploma in Accounting on the AQ2010, AQ2013, AQ2016 or Q2022 standards.
  • They've part completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 standards) and have completed all these modules:
    • Advanced Bookkeeping
    • Indirect Tax
    • Final Accounts Preparation.
  • They're part way through the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Q2022 standards) and have completed these modules:
    • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
    • Tax Processes for Businesses.
  • They're a current full (MAAT) or fellow (FMAAT) member.
  • They've achieved an equivalent bookkeeping qualification from another body.
  • They hold professional membership of ICB or IAB.

Progression to AAT full membership

AAT full membership is a key goal for finance staff. This professional status reflects the skills they've gained and demonstrates their commitment to maintaining and developing their competence.

MAAT status shows that your employees are undergoing CPD, are signed up to AAT's Code of Professional Ethics (PDF), and are subject to our disciplinary processes. In supporting your staff to attain AAT full membership you're investing in their career and promoting the highest standards and best practice in accounting and finance.

After five years of being a full member they can apply to become a fellow member and use the letters FMAAT after their name.

Routes to AAT full membership

Routes to AAT full membership

To apply for full AAT full membership (MAAT status) a student must have successfully completed either:

It's also possible to apply from another professional accounting body, or with an accounting or finance degree from one of our partner universities.

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