Become a Self-Employed AAT Licensed Bookkeeper in four simple steps


Do you dream of being self-employed and building your own client base?

Or are you looking for an additional income stream to fit around your existing career?

Becoming a Self-Employed AAT Licensed Bookkeeper could be a great option for you and your family.

Here, we guide you through one of the most direct routes to Licensed Bookkeeper status – through the AAT Level 2 and 3 bookkeeping qualifications…

Bookkeeper status- AAT Licensed Bookkeeper

1) Take the first step

If you have no previous bookkeeping or accounting experience then your AAT journey will often begin with the Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. This qualification consists of two units – Bookkeeping Transactions and Bookkeeping Controls – and two exams to be sat at an assessment centre near you. The course generally takes no more than three months to complete.

2) Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping achieved?

Congratulations! Now it’s time to use that knowledge to study the AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping. The three units (and three exams) provide training across Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation and Indirect Tax, and can usually be completed within six months.

3) Bookkeeping Levels 2 and 3 completed

You’re ready to apply to the AAT to become an Associate Bookkeeper and proudly display the letters AATQB after your name. This indicates the highest standards of professional conduct, up-to-date technical knowledge and commitment of ongoing learning – all very appealing to employers.

4) Offer bookkeeping services to clients

Apply to become a Licensed Bookkeeper with the AAT, enabling you to offer self-employed services in the UK. The licence is awarded according to your qualifications, experience and CPD. You are approved to offer services including bookkeeping, financial accounts and accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships, VAT, computerised accountancy systems and payroll.

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