What to do After AAT Level 4 (Professional Diploma)

Posted by: Andre Post Date: 14th August 2014

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualifications give you a brilliant grounding in accounting. You’ll learn both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to thrive as an accountant, whether you decide to go down the financial or management route.

If you’re coming to the end of your AAT course, or even considering starting one, you might be wondering what to do after the AAT level 4 Professional Diploma, known since September 2016 as the Professional Diploma. AAT opens all kinds of doors, and your qualification can take you in plenty of exciting directions.

Jobs after AAT level 4

While you might not be able to walk straight into your dream role after completing AAT, becoming qualified allows you to get your foot in the door, and work your way up to more senior roles. With AAT Level 4, some experience, and a great application, you could find yourself in roles like the following.

What to do After AAT Level 4 (Professional Diploma)

Tax Supervisor:

Tax Supervisors are responsible for a portfolio of clients. While much of your work will be to do will compliance, you may also get the chance to work on exciting strategy and planning projects.

You will work others, liaising with members of the team and keeping in close contact with clients. As a senior member of the team, you might train junior staff to work on accounts, and coordinate projects from start to finish.

Commercial Analyst:

As a Commercial Analyst, you will work with your company to reach commercial goals. You will determine the best ways to improve the business’s financial standing by analysing sales, costs and expenditures and coming up with innovative strategies.

This role is ideal for those wanting to move into management accounting. You will frequently work with others in the business, especially senior management, giving you the chance to get involved and make a difference.

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Qualifications after AAT level 4

You might be eager to carry on studying after AAT level 4, and give yourself even more career opportunities. ACCA and CIMA are popular choices, and you can even gain exemptions from some units after AAT.


If you have lofty career ambitions, going on to study ACCA can be ideal. This qualification will make you a Chartered Certified Accountant, and give you the chance to go into some exciting roles, such as Financial Analyst and External Auditor.

Because of its thoroughness, and its focus on legislation, ACCA members often rise to senior positions. You can stretch yourself to the limits with ACCA, and could even end up as Chief Financial Officer one day.

After becoming fully AAT qualified, you will be exempt from the first three ACCA papers.


Many budding accountants are attracted towards management accountancy. Becoming CIMA (Certified Institute of Management Accountants) qualified allows you to work with the business, as well as the financial, side of any company.

The qualification is globally recognised, meaning you could take your career around the world. If you love meeting new people, getting involved in decision making, and making an impact on commercial goals, CIMA can help you achieve your ideal career.

Full AAT qualification allows you to skip the CIMA Certificate, taking you straight onto the Diploma.

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