Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Qualification You Can Count on; with AAT Courses Recognised by Businesses All around the World, Your Accounting and Finance Studies Could Take You Anywhere

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Qualification You Can Count on; with AAT Courses Recognised by Businesses All around the World, Your Accounting and Finance Studies Could Take You Anywhere

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Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON

[bar] OT everyone finds a career that can take them anywhere, and there are a lucky few who get a qualification that is sought after by all types of organisations and businesses around the world.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the UK's leading qualification and membership body for accounting and finance staff, awarding more than 30,000 qualifications a year. Its accounting qualification offers a vocational progression route to all the UK's chartered and certified accountancy qualifications, including those of ACCA, and it is sponsored and supported by four of the UK's chartered accountancy bodies -- CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS.

But the AAT not only provides a fasttrack route into the field of accountancy and finance, it also provides its members with a desirable qualification recognised by a range of employers and organisations. To date, AAT-qualified staff have gained employment in large corporations such as Vodafone, Morrisons, Sky News Broadcasting to name a few, as well as large accountancy and financial firms such as KPMG, PKF and Deloitte.

AAT enables you to choose how, when and where you study. Training is flexible and open to everyone. You can study full-time, part-time, from home or online -- so how long you take to qualify is up to you. There are three levels to the AAT accounting qualification, and you can expect to spend around a year on each level. But if you have previous experience, you could qualify in two years or less. You can also take a study break for up to three years, although for any longer period you may be required to retake parts of the qualification.

'MORE THAN ONE PATHWAY' David Gough, 22, pictured below, left school after completing his GCSEs, but still planned to gain a formal qualification.

"I knew I didn't need to go to university to start a career and eventually reach my goal of working in the City," he says. …

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