Licensed membership: be your own boss

Become an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper

We support more than 4,000 AAT Licensed Accountants and Bookkeepers in running their own successful practices.

*Research from AAT Salary Survey 2019

Is it right for you?

Look at some of the reasons why AAT members are thinking of becoming self-employed.

Some want the extra earning potential, the chance to be fully in charge of their own destiny, the ability to set their own hours, or a better work/life balance.

Running your own practice is potentially the most rewarding step you can take in your career. You could enjoy greater freedom, have more variety and flexibility in your work, and there's higher earning potential too. Perhaps most importantly, being your own boss can bring the job satisfaction and work/life balance you’ve always wanted.

It’s an exciting opportunity – but it’s a big decision. It will mean big changes to your lifestyle and could come with some financial uncertainty while your business grows. You’ll also need to put your business skills, confidence and determination to the test in order to make your practice a success.

Licence eligibility and exemptions

Licence eligibility and exemptions

Your eligibility for a licence will depend on your membership type and how you intend to run your business. If you want to run your practice as a student or affiliate member, you won’t be able to apply for a licence and there’s separate guidance you must follow.

Find out if you're eligible or exempt

Which licence do you need?

Which licence do you need?

We offer two licence options: AAT Licensed Bookkeeper and AAT Licensed Accountant. 

AAT Licensed Bookkeepers can be approved to offer up to five services, and AAT Licensed Accountants can be approved to offer up to 18 services.

Find out which AAT licence you need to deliver your services

Benefits of your licence

The AAT licence is more than a mark of professionalism and compliance. It also entitles you to a range of resources that will help you develop a successful business. As an AAT licensed member, you'll benefit from:

Licence conditions
Licence conditions

Once you're an AAT licensed member you'll need to comply with these conditions on a continuing basis.

Diagnostic tests for applicants
Diagnostic tests for applicants

To approve your licence, we confirm that you understand your obligations by asking you to complete these tests.