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AAT or ATT

AAT or ATT

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I resigned ACCA and now with ICPA. I am also studying ATT to refresh my tax knowledge and aiming to complete the course this year. In terms of providing references, is it worth joining AAT in the meantime or should I just hang in there till I get my ATT membership? Is ICPA good enough?

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By ShirleyM
03rd Mar 2015 09:55

The ICPA isn't a problem for clients

It is a problem with some accountants, as they automatically assume you have zero knowledge (or past qualifications) and are a cowboy.

ps. I am with ICPA and think they are brilliant. You get lots of CPD that is actually relevant to small/sole practitioners, PII, and other useful freebies included in the membership fee. It overcomes all the arguments for being a member of a professional body, eg. PII, CPD, somewhere for clients to complain to, tax helpline, etc.

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By Yesican
03rd Mar 2015 10:14

Cowboy
Thanks Shirley. I really must shake off this cowboy feeling.

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By mabzden
06th Mar 2015 11:07

I wouldn't personally

Are you thinking of taking the AAT exams? I haven't taken them myself but the impression I've got is the qualification is aimed at newbies to the profession. So you may find AAT a step backwards, and I doubt the qualification will give you any additional qudos with clients.

I'm ATT qualified, and that's a very worthwhile qualification. So I would focus on that myself.

(PS. Apologies to any AATs who read this post and feel I'm being unfair. I'm sure there are some fantastic AAT accountants out there.)

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By Ben Lauritson
06th Mar 2015 11:15

AAT exams

mabzden wrote:

Are you thinking of taking the AAT exams? I haven't taken them myself but the impression I've got is the qualification is aimed at newbies to the profession. So you may find AAT a step backwards, and I doubt the qualification will give you any additional qudos with clients.

I'm ATT qualified, and that's a very worthwhile qualification. So I would focus on that myself.

(PS. Apologies to any AATs who read this post and feel I'm being unfair. I'm sure there are some fantastic AAT accountants out there.)

Hi mabzden,

You are right in that AAT is geared towards those newer to the profession. Based on my understanding (I've completed AAT but haven't commenced any higher studies yet), AAT could be seen as like a foundation course that gives a good grounding in bookkeeping and basic accounting. So it's a good entry point for someone new to accountancy but probably not suitable to anyone who already has a grounding in the basics through any other route.

Hope that helps :)

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By Yesican
06th Mar 2015 11:23

ATT
I have ATT more relevant than even ACCA. I wouldn't need to do any exams for AAT; I was just considering it in terms of recognition.

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By NHGlos
06th Mar 2015 11:30

AAT


Since you can gain direct entry to AAT membership, are there any tangible benefits you can Identify?

I know lenders etc. used to recognise AAT, but I'm not sure of the exact current status. As for clients, the may not care, some may be away of one but not the other,

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