Apply to be an AAT licensed member
Becoming an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper is an exciting opportunity to run your own practice, and could help you enjoy greater job satisfaction, job security and earning potential.
Before you apply, make sure you've thought about whether self-employment is right for you and that you understand our licence eligibility and exemptions. You must also check you understand the services you're able to apply for under each licence.
Prepare your supporting information
In order to complete your application, you’ll need to prepare some details in advance.
- Complete the AAT diagnostic tests.
- Arrange your professional reference.
- Apply for a Basic Disclosure Certificate to send to your anti-money laundering supervisor. Apply through:
- Arrange Professional Indemnity Insurance.
- Arrange continuity of practice cover.
- Register with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
Complete your application
The AAT licensed member application form contains full guidance on how to complete each section.
Please ensure you download the form to your device and save your progress as you go. Do not complete the form within your browser or your changes may not be saved.
Watch our helpful suite of application support videos and make sure you have everything you need to complete your application.
- Anti-money laundering: Find out what your anti-money laundering obligations will be as a licensed member and who could supervise you for AML.
- The definition of self-employed: This video explains AATs definition of self-employed to help you decide whether you need a licence or not.
- Professional indemnity insurance (PII): All licensed members must have PII. Watch this helpful video to understand what type of cover you need and where you can obtain cover from if you're not sure.
- Service and work experience: An AAT licence can cover up to 18 different services and you'll need to decide which services you want to offer with each service request supported by evidence of work experience. Watch this video to understand AATs requirements for demonstrating work experience.
- Continuity of practice cover: This video explains why continuity of practice is needed and how to pick the right arrangement to suit your practice.
Email us your application and pay your fee
When you've completed your application, please send it to us by email.
You'll also need to pay your licence fee, membership fee and admission fee along with your application.
|AAT Licensed Bookkeeper||AAT Licensed Accountant|
|Admission fee (one-off payment)||£50||£50|
|Reinstatement fee (one-off payment)||£50||£50|
|Annual membership fee||£160||£305|
|Reduced annual membership fee (Gross Fee Income under £8,000)||n/a||£210|
Respond quickly to our queries
When we’ve received your application form and fee, we’ll review the information you have supplied and contact you within 10 working days. We may need some extra information from you, based on the information included on your form. We will do our best to contact you about any queries as quickly as possible and are usually able to approve applications within two weeks. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your application within this time, or you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Once we are satisfied that you have met all the criteria, we will approve your licence and you’ll receive confirmation by email. Your licence will be effective immediately and valid for one year*, when you’ll need to renew. We’ll then send your certificate and licensed member welcome guide.
* Your renewal will be due on the 1st of the month, regardless of the date your licence is approved. For example, if your licence is approved on 20 August, your renewal date will be 1 August each year.
Register with HMRC as soon as you're approved
Understanding your employment status and registering appropriately with HMRC as soon as your business is active is crucial as it will affect how you pay tax and whether you have any employment rights.