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.

Earnings

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 in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man you must hold a valid AAT licence. While a small proportion of members are exempt from this policy (such as those who provide services on a subcontractor basis only), virtually all members will need to apply.

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.

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(*Figures from AAT Salary and Career survey 2017.)