Training the next generation of AAT accountants

With more young people choosing different routes after leaving school to continue their education, the amount of choice available is staggering. With the traditional college and university routes alongside apprenticeships and specific awarding bodies, it’s an exciting time for learning new skills.

In my role, I lead on the new AAT accountancy qualifications. With financial management at the heart of every business, it’s an attractive sector. This means employers are seeking a high level of work-readiness with accounting and finance skills.

As an approved training provider with AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians), I’ve been heavily involved in delivering qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3. The accountancy qualifications provide internationally recognised skills and cover practical, real-world accounting competencies.

AAT Certificate in Accounting – Level 2

This qualification prepares you for junior and entry-level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration, covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting– Level 3

In this qualification, the disciplines are more complex including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.


AAT qualifications act as a badge of excellence to employers and colleagues. They are a highly respected sign of commitment and excellence in the finance industry, allowing both entry-level and experienced professionals to gain new skills, knowledge and behaviours to boost their own careers.

The AAT can provide a fast track to chartered accountancy status upon successful completion of the advanced diploma. This means the progression opportunities are huge. With AAT on your CV you are demonstrating a level of industry excellence that is recognised and sought after by employers across all industries.

It’s an exciting time for the next generation of accountants.

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Blog by Niki Read, Lead Accountancy Assessor, PM Training