What is an AAT Accredited Employer?
Our accreditation scheme recognises employers who support their finance staff with AAT training and membership, and ongoing professional development.
AAT Accredited Employer status is a badge of excellence.
After successful accreditation you can officially display the AAT Accredited Employer logo in recognition of your commitment to training and CPD. Your organisation will also receive AAT support and resources, and be added to AAT's Accredited Employer Directory.
If you're currently training your staff with AAT, running an AAT apprenticeship, or you employ AAT professional members (MAATs or FMAATs), you can apply to become an AAT Accredited Employer.
How will accreditation boost your business?
AAT accreditation provides external validation for your training and development programme. It is becoming increasingly important for organisations to achieve accredited status with a professional body. AAT accreditation is an accessible global standard, which enables employers to compare their training and development against a global benchmark.
Attract and retain talented staff
Accredited employers can use their AAT accreditation as a recruiting tool to attract the best and brightest staff. Potential employees are looking for high quality programmes to support their careers. AAT accreditation demonstrates that you are dedicated to supporting their learning and professional development.
AAT supports and promotes the highest standards and best practice in accounting and finance. All AAT members are required to comply with our Code of Professional Ethics. This means that they must follow five fundamental principles: integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality, and professional behaviour.
AAT accreditation requires employers to make an ongoing commitment to developing and supporting CPD. The process of earning and maintaining accreditation keeps an organisation aware of, and engaged in, current best practices - this is key for staff engagement and job fulfilment.
Support your AAT members
Once you're accredited, your AAT professional members will automatically meet their mandatory CPD requirements, simply by following your organisation's training and development processes. This means they will not have to keep separate CPD records and submit them to AAT.
What you'll receive
Our accredited employer scheme is free to join. As an AAT Accredited Employer you will receive:
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The AAT accreditation process
AAT's accredited employer scheme is free to join.
Are you applying on behalf of your department, office or organisation?
- If different departments or offices have separate training and development policies, you should apply for the individual department or office to be accredited as an AAT Accredited Employer.
- If the training and development policies cover everyone in the organisation, then you can apply for the whole organisation to be accredited.
- Who can apply?
If you are unsure whether you have AAT members in your organisation, we can help you identify any staff that hold AAT membership. You can apply for accreditation even if there is no formal training policy in place, or you have only one or two AAT members of staff. Following successful application, all AAT members in the department, office or organisation will be covered by the accreditation.
- Length of accreditation
Employer accreditation lasts for three years, after which you can apply to become reaccredited. We will notify you when your accreditation is due for renewal.
We conduct randomly selected monitoring and support visits to ensure accredited employers are meeting our standards. If you are selected for monitoring we will ask to see a copy of your training policy documents or any documents related to staff CPD.
Employer accreditation criteria
Your organisation needs to:
- Have a training and development policy for all staff. The policy should include study towards professional AAT qualifications and continuing professional development (CPD).
- Recognise and support a range of methods by which their staff members can meet their training needs.
- Keep records of the professional development undertaken by staff, and make these available to AAT for inspection if organisation is monitored.
All staff need to:
- Understand their roles within the organisation and how they contribute to the organisation's overall objectives.
- Have an appraisal at least once a year to review performance and to highlight training and development needs for the coming year. The appraisal must cover training and development undertaken in the previous year and how this has contributed to the individual's professional development.
How to apply
You will need to demonstrate how your department, office or organisation meets the training needs of your AAT members. You must provide at least two of the following forms of evidence:
- Training and development policy
- Copy of an annual appraisal form
- Records of training and professional development
- Details of internal and external training
As additional supporting information please let us know if you are currently accredited with Investors in People (IIP) or an International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) recognised body.
If you would like further information on or have any queries about becoming an AAT Accredited Employer, please email our Account Management team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"AAT qualified staff provide the practical skills every finance team needs. They hold the knowledge and expertise required to support businesses grow and succeed, and keep these skills up to date through AAT professional membership.
"We are proud to be an Accredited Employer of AAT, investing in learning and development to ensure we are equipped with the best possible team members for both our business and our clients."
Chris Peat, Senior Audit Manager, PKF Cooper Parry