AAT licence application process


In order to apply for an AAT licence, you must be an AAT professional member. We offer different types of AAT professional membership, so you can apply for the one that matches your qualification and experience, and the type of business you wish to run.

  • AAT bookkeeping membership demonstrates your bookkeeping skills and expertise. You’ll gain the designatory letters AATQB after your name and you’ll be able to apply to become an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper.
  • AAT full membership is an internationally recognised professional status in accounting and finance. You’ll gain the letters MAAT after your name and can apply to become an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper or AAT Licensed Accountant.
  • Once you’ve been a full member for five years, you’ll be eligible to apply for fellow membership and gain the letters FMAAT after your name. Fellow members can also apply to become AAT Licensed Bookkeepers or AAT Licensed Accountants.

Before you apply

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Once you’ve decided that becoming an AAT licensed member is the right move for you, your first steps should be to start researching and writing your business plan.  

Application process at a glance

  1. Download the application form and carefully read the guidance.
  2. Prepare your supporting information. You’ll need to:
    • complete the AAT diagnostic tests
    • arrange your professional reference
    • apply for a Basic Disclosure Certificate to send to your Anti Money Laundering supervisor
    • arrange Professional Indemnity Insurance 
    • arrange continuity of practice cover
    • register with the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO).
  3. Complete your application.
  4. Submit the application and pay your fees
  5. Finalise any queries with AAT 
  6. Receive your licence approval – usually within two weeks
  7. Register with HMRC

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