Bookkeeping membership (AATQB)
AAT bookkeeping membership offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your bookkeeping skills and expertise to employers, colleagues and clients. You’ll gain professional recognition using the designatory letters AATQB after your name, and can even apply to become self-employed and offer bookkeeping services.
Professional status and recognition: demonstrate your expertise and commitment to professional development as an AAT bookkeeping member with the designatory letters AATQB.
Become a self-employed bookkeeper: apply to become an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper to offer self-employed services in the UK regulated and supported by AAT. You’ll be able to offer up to five services to clients, including payroll.
Join a bookkeeping community: become part of a networking community, joining other AAT bookkeeping members at events, both face-to-face and online, to share experiences and support your professional development.
Keep your skills up to date: you'll need to complete CPD to keep your skills and knowledge sharp. We give you hundreds of essential resources in the AAT Knowledge Hub, plus free and discounted events, and regular industry updates in your newsletter.
Save money with AAT Rewards: your exclusive rewards site can help you save money on the things you buy every day. Find great offers on everything from cinema tickets to holidays and insurance.
You're eligible to apply for AAT bookkeeping membership if one or more of the below applies.
- You've completed the AAT Advanced (Level 3) Certificate in Bookkeeping on the AQ2016 or Q2022 standards.
- You've completed the AAT Advanced (Level 3) Diploma in Accounting on the AQ2010, AQ2013, AQ2016 or Q2022 standards.
- You've partly completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 standards) and you've completed these modules:
- Advanced Bookkeeping
- Indirect Tax
- Final Accounts Preparation.
- You’re part way through the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Q2022 standards) and you've completed these modules:
- Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
- Tax Processes for Businesses.
- You're a current full (MAAT) or fellow (FMAAT) member.
- You've achieved an equivalent bookkeeping qualification from another body.
- You're a member of ICB or IAB. (We don't accept associate membership.)
Providing accountancy services to the public
If you're already providing self-employed services to the public as either a sole practitioner, or partner, director or principal in an accountancy firm, and you hold at least 5% of the shares, you’ll need to apply for your AAT licence and be provisionally approved before we can approve your full membership application.
All professional members offering these services must be licensed with us unless they’re able to demonstrate they meet one of the exemption criteria.
- Annual membership fee: £132.
- Reinstatement fee: none. If your AATQB membership has lapsed and you’d like to rejoin AAT, you'll need to reapply.
Up-front membership fee
Whether you pay your annual membership fee up front will depend on your current membership type.
- If you're studying a qualification: You'll need to pay the AATQB annual membership fee when you apply. If you've registered for the Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting a discount will be applied to the AATQB membership fee for the first year only.
- If you're an AAT affiliate member: There are no initial fees to pay when you apply. The next time you renew your membership, your fee will reduce as you'll pay the AATQB membership fee instead of your AAT affiliate fee.
- If you're an AAT professional member: You can add AATQB status to your existing membership at no extra cost.
- If you're a non-member: You'll be asked to pay the AATQB annual membership fee when you apply. You'll also need to share copies of your relevant qualification/membership certificates if they weren't issued by AAT.
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Next steps in AAT membership
Have you completed your AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting or gained a qualification with another professional body or university? If so, you might be eligible for AAT full membership (MAAT).