AAT TO ATT-CTA

Please could someone give me some advice!

I am studying AAT Level 3 however i am more interested in tax.

Do you think i should stop AAT and transfer to ATT?

more importantly If i complete aat level 3 can i go straight onto CTA or is that completely impossible?

Thanks :)

Comments

  • MarieNoelle
    MarieNoelle Moderator, MAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 1,369
    Hi Betha
    If you qualify as MAAT it gives you an exemption to Paper 2 accounting principles. Plus if you chose the tax options at level 4 it gives you a good grounding for the other papers.
    All depends what you want to do as a job. ATT is excellent for tax but the AAT gives you a better understanding of accounting.


    For CTA you would need to have ATT or a chartered qualification (or a law qualification I think). I would highly recommend doing the ATT first before moving on to CTA.
    However I think there is now a new pathway to achieve both.
  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    I'm really enjoying CTA. And agree with everything @MarieNoelle has said above.

    Definitely, if you are liking tax then go for it! It's so interesting.

    B x
  • MarieNoelle
    MarieNoelle Moderator, MAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 1,369
    mrme89 said:

    I'm too stupid for ATT and CTA :(

    Isn't there a tax course on Groupon instead?

    You certainly are not. Although your suggestion of a Groupon tax course makes me wonder...
  • Betha
    Betha Registered Posts: 10
    Thank you for advice, i have my first AAT exam on Halloween if i pass ill do aat before att if not ill change over.. more strings to my bow if i do all of it i suppose x
  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    In my opinion, if you don't pass the AAT exams, then you will find the ATT exams much harder.

    It was really difficult for me and I had done the tax modules at AAT Level4 and work in tax.

    If you already know a bunch about tax then that's a different matter. :)

    Good luck for Monday!! :)

    B x
  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    Do it.

    Or put it on your Christmas list! 67 days! :)
    B x
  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    Haha I've been holding back on here! I could be giving you a countdown everyday- You're lucky really! :)
    B x
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071 ? ? ?
    I have done both AAT and PQ ATT (passed all my tax modules but didn't finish law and ethics as I wasn't bothered about having extra letters after my name, all I wanted was the tax knowledge).

    Definitely complete the AAT first. It's a good well rounded qualification which stands alone. It's rare to see someone with just ATT.

    If you like tax, then AAT tax modules are a great starting point for tax, but they aren't enough on their own to take you into decent tax work. ATT is brilliant.

    Once you have done ATT, you can decide if you want to move onto CTA. I initially wanted to do CTA until I realised I really couldn't be bothered!
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071 ? ? ?
    Also, as others have said, the ATT exams are MUCH harder than AAT. I really, really recommend completing AAT first, not switching across.
  • Betha
    Betha Registered Posts: 10
    Becca, im finding aat relatively okay, so may just do this then att next year then get experience and go onto CTA. thanks for help xx
  • Betha
    Betha Registered Posts: 10
    Thanks Monsoon. Will do :)
  • MarieNoelle
    MarieNoelle Moderator, MAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 1,369

    Do it.

    Or put it on your Christmas list! 67 days! :)
    B x

    Oh no you have lost your bet!!!!
  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    That's next year! :)
  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    Yeh but that was re next Christmas not this Christmas! :)

    "That's next year! :p I have 137 days to use it it all up!"

    B x

  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    That was not my understanding...

    However I am the bigger person here...

  • BeccaLouJ9
    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐

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    BeccaLouJ9 FMAAT Posts: 896 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
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  • asifustaad
    asifustaad Registered Posts: 3
    Hi All
    i am new to this forum

    would like some advice.

    I am 46 realised late in my career that i enjoyed accounting hence started AAT last year. I have finished my level 2 and started level 3 been trying to get a job in the industry since last October as i lost my previous job but no luck yet.
    From all the articles and comments i have read AAT is not a big qualification as it wont make big money so i am planning to do ATT and CTA..

    My question is is it worth it am i asking for too much is this the right way.
    Would really like some advice.



  • TreadStone
    TreadStone AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 280 ? ? ?
    What do you class as "big money" ?
  • TreadStone
    TreadStone AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 280 ? ? ?
    Also, why tag your question onto an, almost, 2 year old thread ???
  • asifustaad
    asifustaad Registered Posts: 3
    apologies should not have used the words big money

    decent at least 50k/60k
  • CSan89
    CSan89 MAAT Posts: 207
    Its experience that gets you the money rather than the qualifications. Qualifications just help you get through the door. Are you able to do some work experience to get your foot in the door?

    What type of jobs are you looking at in Industry?
    I would have thought CIMA or ACCA would be more appropriate than ATT or CTA. (I don't have ATT and currently studying ACA-CTA but in a practice environment so I am sure there would be someone that proves me wrong)
    AAT Level 2&3 - 2016
    AAT Level 4 - 2017
    Personal Tax, Business Tax and External Auditing

    ACA/CTA -
    Certificate Level - Jan 2019
  • CSan89
    CSan89 MAAT Posts: 207
    I would also say that AAT level 4 is a big step up compared to level 3 and I believe gets you use to what to expect at higher levels.
    AAT Level 2&3 - 2016
    AAT Level 4 - 2017
    Personal Tax, Business Tax and External Auditing

    ACA/CTA -
    Certificate Level - Jan 2019
  • asifustaad
    asifustaad Registered Posts: 3
    thank you both for your comments / advice
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