Become an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper

Be your own boss

AAT currently supports over 4,000 AAT Licensed Accountants and Bookkeepers in running their own successful practices. It’s a great opportunity to utilise your finance skills and knowledge, work with a range of clients and enjoy the flexibility that comes with being your own boss.

AAT licensed members also enjoy great job satisfaction and security. 93% of AAT Licensed Accountants are satisfied in their job and 94% feel "secure" or "very secure" in their jobs.*

Keep the day job

Working as an AAT licensed member is flexible. While almost 75% of AAT Licensed Accountants are purely self-employed, many build their businesses as a side venture.


The average fee income for full-time AAT Licensed Accountants who are purely self-employed is £49,500.* Those who run their own practice and are also employed have a £10,100 average fee income and their average salary is £24,180.*

Do you need a licence?

If you are an AAT professional member and want to provide self-employed bookkeeping or accountancy services to the public, or you are joining an existing practice as a principal, in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, you must hold a valid AAT licence and be supervised for anti-money laundering compliance as required by the Money Laundering Regulations 2017. You’ll also need a licence if you’re working as either:

  • A sole practitioner, or
  • A partner, or
  • A director or principal with at least 5% shares belonging to you, your household or your family.

There are a few exemptions that apply, which you can check on the Licence exemptions page.

Your AAT licence is a mark of professionalism and compliance, and also entitles you to a range of resources that will help you develop a successful business. Find out about your licence options and the services you can offer.