AAT professional membership

To help protect and maintain the skills your staff have gained, you can support them through their application for full AAT membership. This will give them access to a wealth of opportunities and benefits.

Progression to MAAT status

AAT full membership - denoted by the designatory letters MAAT - is a key goal for finance staff. This professional status reflects the skills they’ve gained, and guarantees their commitment to maintaining and developing their competence. Becoming an AAT full member indicates that they are a qualified finance professional, have relevant work experience, and are keen to excel in their career 

Benefits to your organisation

Professional status instils confidence in colleagues and clients. It is a visible mark of quality, competence and commitment, and it's becoming increasingly important for businesses to employ staff with professional status. 

AAT's MAAT status shows that your employees are undergoing CPD, signed-up to AAT's Code of Professional Ethics, and subject to our disciplinary processes. In supporting your staff to AAT full membership you are investing in their career and promoting the highest standards and best practice in accounting and finance. 

Full AAT members who have five years’ work experience can apply to become a fellow member and use the letters FMAAT after their name.


Routes to full AAT membership

To apply for full AAT membership (MAAT status) a student must have successfully achieved: 

It is also possible to apply: 

Work experience requirements

Work experience is a key requirement for full AAT membership. It demonstrates that students can apply their skills and knowledge in a practical work environment. Your staff will need to provide evidence of relevant work experience that demonstrates they’ve been putting into practice what they’ve learnt over the course of their studies.


Application process

Work experience evidence

AAT students 
Students can start preparing for full membership even if they don’t yet meet the criteria. From Level 3 of the AAT Accounting Qualification onwards they can start recording their work experience through their MyAAT account. This will enable them to gain MAAT status as soon as they qualify. 

Competency based work experience is based on the quality of the student's experience. They are asked not only to log what they do, but also how well they have been doing it and with what result for your organisation. Students must demonstrate competence in five personal effectiveness competences and one technical competence, using examples from their workplace:

  • Personal effectiveness competencies (all of the following): communication skills; commitment to CPD; behaving ethically; time and work management; teamwork
  • Technical competencies (one of the following): audit; cost accounting; credit control; financial accounting; management accounting; p​ayroll; t​axation; t​eaching

Students can start recording their work experience here (they will need to log in to their MyAAT account).

Non-AAT applicants
Staff joining from another professional accounting body or with an accounting or finance degree will be asked to provide evidence of completed modules or their professional membership. Part and fully qualified applicants will need to provide evidence or work experience, and part qualified applicants will also be asked to take an online professional competence test.


Professional referee

Students will need to provide details of a professional referee. This can be done in advance of their MAAT application. If you are listed as their professional referee, you will receive an email from us asking to confirm the details provided by the applicant in support of their application.


Application for full AAT membership 

We're here to help

If you would like advice on AAT full membership and professional MAAT status, to one of our helpful advisors on +44(0)20 3735 2434. Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 09.00-20.00 and Friday 09.00-17.00 UK time. You can also request a call back.