Is there graduation ceremony after level 4???

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Lindux
Lindux Registered Posts: 29 Epic contributor 🐘
Im just wondering if after AAT level 4 are we are graduating or not? Is there any graduation ceremony or we just get our diploma through the post? :cool2:

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  • guinea pig
    guinea pig Registered Posts: 402 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    Yes, look on the technician/diploma forum for several threads. They are held in the autumn in several cities.
    Gp
  • StuartW
    StuartW Registered Posts: 472 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    Hi Lindux,

    There are achievement award ceremonies around the country for students who have qualified and become full members (MAAT). The ceremonies also recognise members elected to fellow membership (FMAAT) and those who have reached milestones in their membership.

    No ceremonies have been confirmed for this year yet, but they'll be publicised when details are finalised and eligible members will be contacted with booking details.

    Meanwhile, below is some useful information for you for future reference:

    Contact the achievement awards team by email or call 0845 863 0798

    Photos from 2011 AAT London Achievement Awards

    Photos from 2012 AAT Birmingham Achievement Awards
  • Uner_cover
    Uner_cover Registered Posts: 5 New contributor 🐸
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    Hi,

    Does anybody know when we will receive the invitation?

    I have received my AAT Full membership certificate through the post.

    Thanks
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    When the dates and venues are confirmed I guess.
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • omega man
    omega man Registered Posts: 283
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    I am not allowed to attend as i will not be MAAT and i will not have 1yr of recent relevant experience.
    I do have 15yrs manual experience though, probably counts for nothing as none of is recent anyway.
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    omega man wrote: »
    I am not allowed to attend as i will not be MAAT and i will not have 1yr of recent relevant experience.
    I do have 15yrs manual experience though, probably counts for nothing as none of is recent anyway.

    Hopefully you can go to the next one Omega Man. I missed out last year by a week so am hoping I can attend this year.
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • omega man
    omega man Registered Posts: 283
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    Jo i expect i can never attend until i get a job and 1yr of relevant up to date experience.
  • mentorkeith
    mentorkeith Registered Posts: 74 Epic contributor 🐘
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    Are jobs easy to get in relation to the one year experience? What if you pass your level 4 but cannot get a job to get full membership? How does it all work out?
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Keith

    I think you can build up the necessary experience and voluntary work is counted (I think) as long as someone will sign it off.

    I'm just going to search out something and will be back with some info hopefully.... watch this space :o
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    I hope this helps....

    4 Steps to become MAAT...

    Step one - personal and employer details

    We'll need:

    your personal details and contact information
    your employer's details and full address
    your line manager's details and contact information.


    Step two - professional reference

    We require a professional reference to confirm your suitability for full membership and commitment to AAT.

    Your referee should:

    have knowledge of your work within your current or most recent job
    work in a position senior to you
    have worked with you for at least six months.
    If you work for yourself your referee should be a qualified accountant who knows your work in a professional capacity. We can only accept a reference from a friend or relative if they are a qualified accountant (an AAT licensed member in practice or a member of one of the chartered or certified accountancy bodies).

    Alternatively, we can accept a reference from your course tutor if they have had direct knowledge of your work in an office environment. Your referee will need to sign Part 2 of the work experience and reference form.


    Step three - work experience

    Relevant work experience demonstrates that you have used the knowledge and skills you’ve developed during your AAT training.

    You will need a minimum of one year's full-time experience - or the equivalent part-time - gained since you registered as an AAT student member.
    At least 50% of your time should be spent on relevant accounting or financial tasks.
    If you spend between 33 - 49% of your time on accounting or financial tasks you must provide evidence of two years' work experience or the equivalent part-time since you registered as a student member.
    You and your employer should complete Part 1 of the Work experience and reference form (in addition we will accept a detailed job description verified by your employer).

    Other types of work experience we accept

    Teaching work
    We accept evidence of teaching accounting or financial subjects at NVQ/SVQ level or above (or equivalent).
    Your employer will need to confirm your dates of employment, type and level of course taught and number of hours involved on the Experience and Reference form.
    Temporary/voluntary work
    We will accept relevant temporary and voluntary work assignments (minimum of one month per assignment).
    You must provide a verified Work experience and reference form for each position held.
    Self-employed work
    We will accept self-employed work experience if you have your own business offering accounting, taxation or related consultancy services to the public in the UK.
    You need to have your work independently verified by a qualified accountant (an AAT licensed member in practice or a member of one of the chartered or certified accountancy bodies). They will need to confirm your experience on the Experience and Reference form.


    Step four - pay your fees

    To maintain your AAT membership you need to pay an annual subscription. The amount you pay depends on your level of membership and the year in which your subscription is due. An official renewal notice is automatically sent to you each year which you can also view online.



    I'm not sure how this impacts on the awards ceremony... I'll let you know if/when I get my invite for this year :)
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • mentorkeith
    mentorkeith Registered Posts: 74 Epic contributor 🐘
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    Thanks Jo

    What I was specifically interested in, was if AAT or colleges help level 4 students to obtain employment with employers sympathetic to the 1 year requirement? My tutor mentioned something about previous students obtaining such 1 year employment which turned into permanent employment due to the skills/performance of the students within the employment. I am wondering if this may be an easier way for me to get back into full time employment?
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Keith

    Return to work
    Returning to work can be an exciting prospect. Whether you’re returning after a period of unemployment, a career break, illness or maternity leave, it's worth spending some time focusing on how to best prepare for your first day back..

    Try this link for further details.... https://www.aat.org.uk/career/member/returning you need to be logged into your MyAAT account.

    If you can't access let me know and I'll try and get the information to you another way.


    JC
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Kelly7
    Kelly7 Registered Posts: 218 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Just been reading through this, I am thinking of doing my level 4 starting in September, will I need the years experience to pass it? Not too sure if my job will qualify for this :/ x
  • janwal
    janwal Registered Posts: 1,189 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Hi Kelly

    You don't need the experience to pass level 4, but you need it to become a Member of AAT and use MAAT after your name.

    Good luck with level 4
  • Kelly7
    Kelly7 Registered Posts: 218 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Ahh thank you. X
  • vickie88
    vickie88 Registered Posts: 58 Epic contributor 🐘
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    When do the invitations come out? As I finished my AAT last September and I have never had an invitation to an awards ceremony? x
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