AAT Qualifications

AAT and CIPFA are working together to develop a seamless study pathway for all aspiring finance professionals working in and with public services.

The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Qualification will equip you with the essential skills required to work in a range of accounting and finance jobs across the public and private sectors. The qualification is recognised globally and will provide you with a professional status to develop your career in accounting. 

Fully qualified AAT members (MAATs) will have the opportunity to study CIPFA's Professional Accountancy Qualification through our AAT fast track entry route, with free exemptions (subject to AAT modules completed) and reduced membership fees – the ideal way to become a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) and advance your career prospects. 

We are an accredited training provider for the AAT qualifications and currently offer AAT level 2 in our Belfast training centre and AAT Levels 3 and 4 in Belfast, Birmingham and London.

AAT Apprenticeships

In response to the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the wider apprenticeship reforms, CIPFA will be offering the new accounting apprenticeship standards suitable for all aspiring public finance professionals.

This means that trainees will be able to study for the AAT qualifications as part of the new apprenticeship standards whilst utilising their employer’s apprenticeship levy.

AATWhy study AAT with CIPFA?

  • More face-to-face workshops than other training providers
  • Training specifically tailored towards the public sector
  • Qualified tutors with substantial public sector experience


Professional Diploma in Accounting

Summary:

The AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (Professional) is the final level of the AAT Qualification. The course will cover statements for limited companies and complex management accounting tasks, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, external auditing and credit control.

The qualification will take 15 months to complete, depending on course timetable and study method.

Entry requirements:

Completed the AAT Intermediate diploma or equivalent and 4 GCSE’s grade C or above including Maths and English. Foundation degree, High education diploma, HND and HNC, NVQ 4/5. Relevant work experience will also be considered.


Study option:
Classroom

CIPFA Training Centre:  Belfast, Birmingham and London

Course content:

Professional Diploma in Accounting (6-12 months study). Covers drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance (optional specialist units include business tax, personal tax, external auditing and credit management and cash and treasury management).


Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Summary:

The AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced) is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting, or professionals at an intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting. You will master more complex financial processes, including accounts preparation, advanced bookkeeping, spreadsheets software, final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, costs and revenues and professional ethics.

The qualification will take between 9-12 months to complete, depending on course timetable and study method.

Entry requirements:

Completed the AAT Introductory certificate or equivalent and 4 GCSE’s grade C or above including Maths and English. A Levels (Grade A – E).


Study option:
Classroom

CIPFA Training Centre: Belfast, Birmingham and London

Course content:

Advanced Diploma in Accounting (6-12 months study). Covers advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

Foundation Certificate in Accounting (N.I. only)

Summary:

The AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting will prepare 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.

The qualification will take between 6-12 months to complete, depending on course timetable and study method.

Entry requirements:

Relevant experience or 4 GCSE’s grade C or above including Maths and English, or Scottish equivalent.


Study option:
Classroom

CIPFA Training Centre: Belfast only

Course content:

Foundation Certificate in Accounting (6 -12 months study). Covers double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and using accounting software.