AAT Exam Fees 2021: Everything You Need to Know

AAT Exam Fees 2021: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re considering an AAT qualification, exam fees can play an important role in your decision. Is AAT affordable? How much is it? How are fees broken down?

In this blog, we look at the fees for all levels of AAT from membership to assessment, exemptions and funding options. But first, let's look at who AAT are and what they do...

What is AAT?

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a leading professional body with over 130,000 members across 100 countries.

They provide a range of foundation, advanced and professional qualifications such as accounting, bookkeeping and business skills. 

AAT Student Registration Fees

To enrol for AAT exams you must become a member first.

Becoming a student member will allow you to study for an AAT qualification, sit assessments and access resources and supports to help you study and progress your career. 

To become a member you pay an initial fee and there are different levels:

  • Student Admission (one-time payment) - £49
  • UK Annual Student Membership - £101
  • Annual Student Membership (outside UK) - £91

If you’re an AAT member and bookkeeping member (AATQB) you only need to pay the annual fee for AATQB which is £113

Reinstatement fees (one-time payment) - £36

If you have let your AAT membership lapse and want to re-enact it you can pay this one off reinstatement cost. 

Costs for annual membership are calculated on a 12 month rolling basis from the month your registration is approved.  

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AAT Professional Membership Benefits

As a professional member such as affiliate, MAAT and life membership (outlined below) you can gain access to a wide range of benefits and services to support and progress your career.

These include free events and training, discussion forums, career resources, networking events, technical resources, lobbying and much more

AAT Affiliate Membership Fees

Once you complete the AAT professional qualification you will automatically become an AAT member. You will stay at this level until the membership expires and the cost of affiliate membership is £134

To reinstate your affiliate membership you need to pay a one-time fee of £49

AAT Full Membership (MAAT) Fees 

To become a full AAT member you will need to pay a one-time payment of £49 plus annual membership of £149. You can get reduced membership of £109 if you’re studying and £89 if retired or on a low income.  

To reinstate full membership you need to pay a one-time fee of £49

AAT Life Membership

There is the option of purchasing lifetime membership to AAT. To be eligible you need to be retired, in paid employment or volunteering with yearly earnings of up to £1,000 a year. 

The one-time cost depends on the length of time you’ve been a member: 

  • 30+ years: £159
  • 20–29 years: £318
  • 10–19 years: £398
  • 0–9 years: £477

How much are AAT Exam Fees?

How much are AAT Exam Fees?

Once you’re a member of AAT, you can enrol for any of their qualifications. These are divided into different levels and categories for accounting and bookkeeping. There are also assessment fees for sitting the exam. 

AAT Accounting Qualifications

  • Foundation Level in Accounting (Level 2) - £150 for UK students and £140 for international students (this covers the AAT admission fee and annual membership fee). 

The assessment fee for this level of the accounting qualification is between £70-80

  • Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) - £150 for UK students and £140 for international students (this covers the AAT admission fee and annual membership fee). 

The assessment fee for this level of the accounting qualification is between £70-80

  • Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) - £150 for UK students and £140 for international students (this covers the AAT admission fee and annual membership fee). 

The assessment fee for this level of the accounting qualification is between £70-80

  • Foundation Diploma in Accounting & Business (Level 2) - This qualification is only an option for 16-19 year olds. The AAT fees are £149 which includes the qualification and assessments for a year along with access to study resources.  

The assessment fee for this accounting qualification is between £70-80.

AAT Bookkeeping Qualifications

  • Access Award in Bookkeeping (Level 1) - The AAT subscription fee for this qualification is £41. This includes the qualification and assessments for 12 months along with access to study resources. The assessment fee for this level of the bookkeeping qualification is between £70-80
  • Access Award in Accounting Software (Level 1) - The AAT subscription fee for this qualification is £49 which includes the qualification and assessments for 12 months along with access to study resources. The assessment fee for this qualification is between £70-80

  • Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2) - The subscription fee for this AAT qualification is £49 which includes the qualification and assessments for 12 months along with access to study resources. The assessment fee  is between £70-80

  • Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2) - The subscription fee for this AAT qualification is £49 which includes the qualification and assessments for 12 months along with access to study resources. You would pay between £70-80 for the assessment.

  • Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 3) -  The fee for this AAT qualification is £49 which includes the qualification and assessments for 12 months along with access to study resources. You would pay between £70-80 for the assessment.

AAT Funding Options

AAT also offers funding options for all their courses if you qualify for financial support. This funding will depend on your individual circumstances such as location, age and finances. You can find out more here

You can also look at paying a subscription fee to make it more affordable. This will help you to spread the cost and have a deadline to work towards with your study. 

AAT Exemption Fees

You may also be eligible for an exemption from AAT assessments. This could be due to already holding an accounting qualification and are not required to sit the exam. 

You need to contact AAT in regards to exemptions and provide proof. You will then pay a fee for each exemption you apply for. This fee is the same as the assessment fee which in many cases for AAT is between £70-80.

This can be accessed on AAT’s skillschecker 

How do you pay AAT fees?

There are a number of ways to pay AAT fees which include:

  • Credit or debit card
  • Cheque
  • Bank transfer or invoice
  • Direct debit

You also may be able to claim tax relief on annual fees if you are based in the UK. This can be done by completing a P87 form online

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We hope this guide provides you with all you need to know about the costs involved with an AAT qualification.

Whichever option you choose, an AAT certification will open doors and provide you with career options that were not previously available. 


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