requirements to get AAT after your name

incomplete_record Registered Posts: 2 New contributor 🐸
I have spent nearly all my life working in an Accounting Practice with the exception of a'career breaks', my boss is always on at me to get qualified. The reason I have never bothered before is that it would appear that to receive the letters after your name you are required to not have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt. We all do things we regret when we were younger and my last escapade was getting on for 10 years ago. Could someone please enlighten me or as seems to be the case with most courses I look at (IATI etc) are my stupid acts when I was younger a stumbling block to get AAT after my name?


  • columbia
    columbia Registered Posts: 580 Epic contributor 🐘

    I don't actually have a definitive answer for you unfortunately. I vaguely recall reading a similar post which I think was on here a few months ago with a link which showed the details of prisoners who had become ACCA qualified.

    I think it is down to the individual circumstances and how honest and up-front you are with the board upon your application.

    Sorry I cannot be more helpful, I hope that someone can give you more information and that you can finally put the past behind you.

    Good luck

  • Esme
    Esme Registered Posts: 711 Epic contributor 🐘
    I don't know about criminal records, I doubt they would matter if they occured 10 years ago!

    I think you can't become qualified if you have had a CCJ or been bankrupt.

    I'm sure if you ring AAT they will advice you.
  • pernickety
    pernickety Registered Posts: 47 Regular contributor ⭐
    I think as far as MAAT after you name goes (dont know about ACCA), the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act protects you from problems, as if an offence is 'spent' you do not have to declare the offence at all. Similar to not having to do so for insurance purposes and most job applications (that don't require an enhanced CRB check). When you are asked if you have any criminal convictions on such applications it is your lawful right to (assuming offences are spent) to simply say no. May put your mind at rest to check out the various explanations of the act by doing an internet search; this is one of them that explains:-
  • incomplete_record
    incomplete_record Registered Posts: 2 New contributor 🐸
    Thank you all for the replies.
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