Full membership (MAAT)
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Find out how you can earn more, learn more and achieve more as a MAAT.
AAT full membership (MAAT) is an internationally recognised professional status in accounting and finance. It demonstrates a high standard of education and experience to employers and clients, along with a commitment to development and keeping your skills up to date.
MAAT is the quality mark that can be the decisive factor for any organisation when recruiting accounting and finance staff. When you become a full member you'll get the following.
Use your MAAT designatory letters giving you formal recognition for your skills and expertise.
Keep your skills and knowledge up to date with access to a wide range of CPD resources from online learning, face to face events and monthly newsletters.
Connect with AAT members online and in your area via our regional branches and our thriving online community including Facebook, Twitter, forums and our blog AAT Comment.
Progress to be your own boss and run your own accountancy practice as an AAT Licensed Accountant or AAT Licensed Bookkeeper. Get access to the support and guidance you need to run a successful firm.
Get technical and ethical advice and support through free support helplines covering tax, payroll, insolvency and more.
Save money with AAT Rewards, the exclusive rewards site for our members, giving you great offers on everything from cinema tickets to holiday insurance and helping you save on everyday items.
In order to gain this status you must have either:
- completed the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, or
- gained a full or part-qualification with ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA or ICAEW, or
- gained a full qualification with AIA, CAI, IFA, NIAT, ATSA (formerly AATSA) or NZICA, or
- gained a professional membership with any of the above professional bodies or SCAAK, or
- gained a degree from one of our partner universities.
- Admission fee (one-off payment): £49
- Reinstatement fee (one-off payment): £49
- Annual membership fee: £159
- Reduced annual membership fee: £89
The reduced membership fee for full members is available subject to eligibility and you must apply for it each year you remain eligible. (Retired members can apply on a one-off basis.) Life members are not eligible to apply.
There's a full list of fees for all AAT memberships on the Membership fees page.
How to apply
You may be closer to full membership than you think.
Apply for AAT full membership in just two easy steps.
Relevant work experience demonstrates that you've used the knowledge and skills you’ve developed during your qualification.
You'll need to tell us how you have met a number of competences. There are five personal effectiveness competences, including teamwork and communication skills. You must also choose a technical competence in an area of finance where you've at least six months’ experience. Read our guidance to find out more about the work experience requirement for full membership: How to complete your MAAT application (PDF).
These competences can be gained through a number of different roles, but all experience must be within the last five years. You can also include part-time, self-employed and voluntary work.
To make an application you’ll need to answer suitability assessment questions and sign our declaration.
You'll also need to pay a one-off admission fee of £49 and your annual subscription of £159.
If you’re applying for full membership while still a current student or affiliate, we'll only charge you the full member rate from the date your subscription expires.
To maintain your MAAT status you'll need to pay your membership subscription annually. We'll send you an official renewal notice each year, which you can also view online.
We'll confirm in writing our approval of AAT full membership, along with your certificate and welcome pack. Once elected to full membership you can apply to become a licensed member.
If you're already providing self-employed services to the public, we're unable to elect you to full membership until your licence application has been provisionally approved.
Your application can take up to ten working days to process.
Read our MAAT application guide
Demonstrate your competence with examples and complete your declaration. We'll guide you through the process step by step.
What's next after MAAT?
Have you been an AAT full member for five or more consecutive years? If so, you may be eligible to apply for AAT fellow membership (FMAAT), the highest designation you can achieve with AAT.