The purpose of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is to enhance the skills developed from the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting, enabling students to maximise opportunities in their current or new employment. By studying for this qualification, students will acquire professional accountancy and finance skills that will be useful throughout their careers, including:
• drafting financial statements for limited companies
• knowledge and skills in complex management accounting techniques
• the ability to analyse accounting systems and their associated controls
• knowledge and skills in specialist accountancy and finance subjects.
The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. Students will look at and become comfortable with a wide range of financial management skills and applications, and gain competencies in: drafting financial statements for limited companies: recommending accounting systems strategy, and constructing and presenting complex management accounting reports. Students will also learn about specialist areas such as tax, auditing, credit management, and cash and treasury management.The AAT will require all students to register with the Professional Body. Restrictions to membership may apply. More information is available at <a href="http://www.aat.org.uk">www.aat.org.uk</a>.
Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designatory letters MAAT after their name.
The qualification can lead to a variety of well-paid accountancy and finance jobs, some of which include:
• professional accounting technician
• assistant auditor
• assistant management accountant
• commercial analyst
• payroll manager
• senior bookkeeper
• senior financial officer
• accounts payable and expenses supervisor
• assistant financial accountant
• cost accountant
• fixed asset accountant
• indirect tax manager
• payments and billing manager
• senior fund accountant
• senior insolvency administrator
• tax supervisor
• VAT accountant
The assessments are computer based with a time restriction. Each contains a range of question types and formats, for example multiple-choice questions, numeric gap-fill questions, or question tools that replicate workplace activities, such as making entries in a journal. All assessments will require some written answers.
The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting qualification will suit those who:
• have completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting and who would like to continue to build their accounting skills
• are already working in finance and would like a formal recognition of their skills • would like to go on to become an AAT full member and/or study for chartered accountant status
• would like to start their own business through the AAT-licensed member in practice (MIP) scheme.
AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and Maths. If students do have any other relevant school or college qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience, these will be of immense help. They may in certain circumstances entitle students to claim exemptions.