How to become an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper

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

This can be achieved on completion of the following;

  • Level 3 of the AAT Accounting Qualification on the 2010,2013 or 2016 standards
  • AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping  (If you are currently studying the AAT Advanced diploma in Accounting – then you can gain this status if you have passed Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts and Indirect tax units by going on to their AAT account, adding the additional Advance Certificate in Bookkeeping qualification, waiting for the AAT to recognise this, then you can apply for the AATQB)

The purpose of the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the advanced bookkeeping skills required to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy. Find information on our course here:

You can then apply to the AAT to become an Associate Bookkeeper and proudly display the letter AATQB after your name – representing 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.

AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping

Benefits of the membership

  • AATQB designatory letters
  • Opportunity to become a self employed Bookkeeper
  • Access to exclusive online resources
  • Networking events for AAT Professionals
  • AAT masterclasses
  • CPD access to record your ongoing professional development
  • AAT rewards – discounts on everyday purchases

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.

Be aware that students who have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and ethics before September 2016 will need to sit the additional Level 3 Indirect tax unit to be eligible for the bookkeeping membership.

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

This will enable you to offer self-employed services within the UK that is regulated and supported by the AAT.  The licence 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 licence, then you must apply for one.  All AAT members offering bookkeeping services to clients must hold a valid AAT licence.

The license fee is £140 and would mean you are approved to carry out the following;

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

To apply

If you are interested in becoming a qualified bookkeeper check out the special bundles packages Premier Training have available here.  If you would like any further information regarding our AAT courses, call Premier Training on 01469 515444 or