Accounting is often seen as the lifeblood of business because it provides companies with the best information regarding the inner workings of their operations. Financial transactions from the business operations and financial transactions regarding company assets, are all recorded and presented by internal accountants. Executive management needs accurate financial information for several reasons, including planning, decision making, and profitability reporting.
The AAT Accounting Qualification is greatly respected in the financial industry and is designed to give participants all the practical skills they need to build a career in the accounting function. 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.
The Professional Diploma in Accounting, which is one of the certificates AAT includes, cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, personal tax, external auditing and credit management and cash and treasury management.
Why Choose the AAT’s Professional Diploma in Accounting?
- An internationally recognised qualification
- 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 Membership 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
By the end of the programme, participants will have acquired an international understanding and be able to:
- Prepare forecasts of income and expenditure
- Prepare budgets
- Demonstrate how budgeting can improve organisational performance
- Report budgetary information to management in a clear and appropriate format
- Analyse a range of costing techniques to support the management accounting function of an organisation
- Calculate and use standard costing to improve performance
- Demonstrate a range of statistical techniques to analyse business information
- Use appropriate financial and non-financial performance techniques to aid decision making
- Evaluate a range of cost management techniques to enhance value and aid decision making
- Demonstrate an understanding of the reporting frameworks and ethical principles that underpin financial reporting
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key features of a published set of financial statements
- Draft statutory financial statements for a limited company
- Draft consolidated financial statements
- Interpret financial statements using ratio analysis
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the accounting function within an organisation
- Evaluate internal control systems
- Evaluate an organisation’s accounting system and underpinning procedures
- Analyse recommendations made to improve an organisation’s accounting system
- Prepare cash budgets and monitor cash flows within the organisation
- Evaluate the principles of cash management within the context of regulation and government monetary policies
- Evaluate ways of raising finance in accordance with organisational requirements
- Evaluate ways of investing surplus funds within organisational policies
- Analyse relevant legislation and contract law that has an impact on the credit control environment
- Critically analyse information from a variety of sources to assess credit risk and grant credit in compliance with organisational policies and procedures
- Evaluate a range of techniques to collect debts
- Critically evaluate credit control in line with organisational policies and procedures
Who Should Attend?
The programme is suitable for all accounting staff and will be especially relevant for Accounting Managers and Officers, as well as any professional seeking to attain the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting.
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 you’re just starting out, already working in finance or thinking of changing careers. Most importantly, an AAT qualification proves to current and potential employers that you have the accountancy expertise and skills to turn theory into practice.
AAT and EIMF
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.