How to become an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper

How to become an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper

How to be a bookkeeperIn July 2016 the AAT launched a new qualification enabling bookkeepers to become qualified and regulated by the AAT.

On completion of the following:

  • Level 3 of the AAT Accounting Qualification on the 2010, 2013 or 2016 standards or
  • Advanced certificate in Bookkeeping


You can apply to the AAT to become an Associate Bookkeeper and proudly display the letter AATQB after your name – denoting that you have reached qualified bookkeeper status.  It indicates the highest standards of professional conduct, up to date technical knowledge and commitment of ongoing learning.  It is very appealing to prospective employers to see students have gained this professional standard.  Furthermore, you can then go on to studying the final level of the AAT and work towards your MAAT status.

Benefits of the membership

  • AATQB designatory letters
  • Access to exclusive online resources
  • Networking events for AAT Professionals
  • AAT masterclasses
  • CPD access to record your ongoing professional development
  • Discounts


You can apply directly online

The annual AATQB membership is currently £99 and does include your student membership if you are continuing your studies with the AAT.

If you wish to offer self-employed bookkeeping services, you will also need to apply for a practice license with the AAT.

This will enable you to offer self-employed services within the UK that is regulated and supported by the AAT. The license is awarded to members according to their qualifications, experience, and CPD.  Please note – if you offer bookkeeping services presently and have received the letters AATQB but not yet registered for a practice license, then you must apply for one.

The following services you are approved to offer if your license enables you to:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial accounts and accounts preparation for sole traders
  • VAT
  • Computerised accountancy systems


The license fee, including anti-money laundering supervision, is £140.


AATOther things to be aware, in order for your license to be approved, you will require the additional:-

  • Personal indemnity insurance (min £50,000) cover
  • To register with the ICO (Currently £35 per year)
  • If you have passed your level on the AQ2010 or older, then you will need to pass two short exams (which are similar to the green lights test and can be done anytime from home) on Money Laundering and Professional Ethics.
  • Professional reference
  • Work experience


To become an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper apply here:



To star your bookkeeping journey you can enrol onto the following courses:

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