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Associate Accountant Technician (AAT)





The Associate Accountant Technician (AAT) qualification gives you the skills to do a wide range of accounting and finance jobs. The course is extremely flexible and is open to all, no matter what your age, experience or qualifications.



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There are two routes to the qualification: the NVQ/SVQ pathway and the Diploma pathway. Both routes lead to the same AAT Accounting Qualification - except they are assessed slightly differently.
NVQ/SVQ route – Good if you already work in a financial role because you’ll be asked to provide real life examples from work for your course assessments. However, if you’re not in relevant employment, simulations of work-based situations are provided.

Diploma route – This route is good whether you’re in relevant work or not because course assessments are simulations based on the work-place.

Both routes are split into 3 levels, consisting of several units. Each level is a qualification in its own right and completion of all 3 levels leads to the full AAT Accounting Qualification. The bullet points below outlines the structure and skills obtained:

  1. Foundation (NVQ Level 2) / AAT Level 2 Certificate for Accounting Technicians (QCF) - equivalent to GCSE’s grade A-C. Skills learned are: (Administrative processes, double entry bookkeeping, accounting systems, purchase, sales and general ledgers).  
  2. Intermediate (NVQ Level 3) / AAT Level 3 Diploma for Accounting Technicians (QCF) - equivalent to  A levels Skills learned: (Administrative and management processes, preparing final accounts for small businesses, cost accounting recording, preparing reports and returns). 
  3. Technician (NVQ/SVQ Level 4) / AAT Level 4 Diploma for Accounting Technicians (QCF) - equivalent to 2nd year of a degree. Skills learned are: (Complex management accounting tasks and general management skills, drafting financial statements, specialisation in specific subject areas). 
Examination Style
 Candidates are assessed in two ways:  Examinations  and Practical Skills Tests               
Examination & Results Dates

Examinations are held twice a year, in June and December.

Examination Mode Paper-based
Areas of Specialization
  • Accounting
Professional Body CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS
Location of Incorporation United Kingdom