European Institute of Management and Finance | AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
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AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting


Businesses both large and small, public and private, for profit and non-profit, are driven by numbers. Whether it’s tracking sales, managing inventory or undertaking the payroll, smart managers know that keeping tabs on those numbers is crucial.  However, without a solid accounting function, the task can become an organisational nightmare. Organisations seeking a well-rounded accounting function need to consider several aspects of accounting beyond just simple debits and credits.


A competent professional accountant in business is an invaluable asset to the company. These individuals employ an inquiring mind to their work founded on their knowledge of the company’s financials. Using their skills and intimate understanding of the company and the environment in which it operates, professional accountants in business ask challenging questions.


Their training in accounting enables them to adopt a pragmatic and objective approach to solving issues. This is a valuable asset to management, particularly in small and medium enterprises where the professional accountants are often the only professionally qualified members of staff. Accountancy professionals in business assist with corporate strategy, provide advice and help businesses to reduce costs, improve their top line and mitigate risks.


The Advanced Diploma in Accounting (which is also an optional first step towards the AAT Qualification) offers technical training in accounting concepts, techniques, and principles. It explores the international regulatory environment, international financial reporting standards, management accounting tasks, ethics, VAT, integrity and fairness.  Furthermore, it offers all the practical skills professionals need to perform the accounting function with professionalism, integrity and accuracy


Upon completion professionals may decide (optional) to pursue the AAT Accounting Qualification, that  is greatly respected in the financial industry.  AAT members are ambitious, focused accounting professionals. Many of the members occupy senior, well-rewarded positions with thousands of employers – from blue-chip corporate giants to public sector institutions.



Training Objectives


By the end of the programme, participants will have an international understanding and be able to:


  • Apply the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping
  • Implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
  • Prepare and record depreciation calculations
  • Record period end adjustments
  • Produce and extend the trial balance
  • Distinguish between the financial recording and reporting requirements of different types of organisation
  • Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
  • Understand the purpose and use of management accounting within an organisation
  • Apply techniques required for dealing with costs
  • Apportion costs according to organisational requirements
  • Analyse and review deviations from budget and report these to management
  • Apply management accounting techniques to support decision making
  • Understand the need to act ethically
  • Understand the relevance to the accountant’s work of the ethical code for professional accountants
  • Recognise how to act ethically in an accounting role
  • Identify action to take in relation to unethical behaviour or illegal acts
  • Design and structure appropriate spreadsheets to meet customer needs
  • Use spreadsheet software to record, format and organise data



Training Outline


  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting – Costing
  • Indirect Tax (VAT)
  • Ethics for Accountants


For more information about each topic click here.



Who Should Attend?


The programme is suitable for all accounting staff and will be especially relevant for Accounting Managers and Officers.


Furthermore, the course will also be applicable for any professional seeking to attain the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting. The course content will follow the AAT syllabus and therefore provide a preparation course for those who may wish to take the examination.



Additional Information


The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)


The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) offers the perfect start to a successful accounting and finance career. AAT qualification is recognized by leading employers worldwide and remains the ideal first step, whether individuals are just starting out, they are already working in finance or thinking of changing careers. Most importantly, an AAT qualification proves to current and potential employers that they have the accountancy expertise and skills to turn theory into practice.



Why Professionals May Choose the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Qualification


  • An internationally recognised qualification
  • Provides a specialist qualification covering all key aspects of accounting and can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as part of the AAT Accountancy Professional Qualification.
  • Delivers technical training in accounting.
  • A qualification that is in demand by employers in both the public and private sector, with many employers considering AAT qualifications as essential.
  • Provides participants with greater confidence in their own skills and abilities
  • Offers access to, and the support of, a professional body within the accountancy sector.
  • Offers a progressive study pathway providing participants with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further studies in accountancy and finance.
  • Globally portable as the programme addresses international issues and best practice techniques to offer international knowhow





The AAT and EIMF have a long-lasting collaboration in organising training and development events and promoting opportunities that are of value to the AAT members as well as to accounting professionals. The AAT has awarded the EIMF the “Authorised Training Provider” status, which allows EIMF to offer quality preparation courses for participants pursuing the AAT Qualification.



Certification and Exam


Exams are optional, and participants will receive a certificate of attendance by EIMF without sitting the relevant AAT examinations. If you choose to take the exam you will need to inform us, so we can make necessary arrangements.


EIMF is as an AAT Accredited Training Provider and Exam Centre.


Exam fees and duration are as follow:

Units Exam Duration Exam Cost
Unit 1: Advanced Bookkeeping 2 Hours €80 + VAT
Unit 2: Final Accounts Preparation 2 Hours €80 + VAT
Unit 3: Management Accounting – Costing 2.5 Hours €80 + VAT
Unit 4: Indirect Tax (VAT) 2 Hours €80 + VAT
Unit 5: Synoptic Assessment 3 Hours €90 + VAT