The Association of Accounting Technicians, or AAT, is an accountancy organisation based in London with over 120,000 members worldwide. Becoming AAT qualified enables those who have completed the required exams, and relevant experience to be considered an 'accountant'.
An individual usually starts off working in a support role within a relevant company within the accountancy sector, before taking the AAT exams. Once qualified, individuals may be employed in the industry, commerce or public sector, or become self employed.
Typical work activities include:
- assisting with the preparation of accounts
- managing staff payroll
- receiving and settling invoices
- dealing with basic bookkeeping
- auditing external and internal work
- looking after all financial transactions, budgets and payroll
- writing reports
- Being confident at networking and liaising with other professionals in the field
- Strong IT skills
- ability to multi-task and have good time management
- high-level numerical skills and the ability to work accurately and methodically with numbers