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Routes to Membership
From school leavers embarking on their first steps to becoming a qualified accountant or auditor to experienced accountants looking for more from their existing professional body, AIA offers a qualification and membership pathway no matter where you are in your career.
If you are looking for an alternative to university education, but a pathway that leads to a professional accountancy career, AIA can help. School leavers can use the AIA’s bespoke learning platform to study straight after A-levels or an international level equivalent and combine flexible working with work. Students are given access to e-tutors, study planners, mock exams and a range of learning resources to support them in their studies and progress in their career.
AIA operates paper-for-paper exemptions designed to reduce repetition for those who have already attained an accountancy qualification either in part or in full. Exemptions are based on the academic and professional qualifications and each applicant is assessed on an individual basis and offer you with the quickest route to full qualification and membership.
The AIA practising certificate gives you a license to operate in public practice, but also offers a huge range of additional benefits to assist you in your career. The AIA practising certificate is a recognised mark of excellence, professionalism and compliance and also offers unparalleled support services to help small and medium sized practices work, evolve and grow.
If you already have a professional accountancy qualification and a proven track record of experience, you may be eligible for direct membership of the AIA. There are two levels of full AIA membership, Associate and Fellow, and direct entry is offered on a like for like basis.
AIA's entry requirements for registration as a student are 2 A Level passes plus 3 GCSE passes (in five separate subjects including Maths and English) or equivalent. Please see the information below for detailed entry requirements.
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We offer qualifications to suit you no matter where you're at in your career or your life. Whether you are a school leaver, a graduate or already working. Our qualifications equip you with the skills and expertise you need to succeed in a huge variety of accountancy and finance roles.
AIA qualifications are designed to incrementally build on the knowledge, competencies and professional conduct accountants need to meet the demands made of them throughout their career. AIA is a Recognised Qualifying Body (RQB) for statutory auditors in the UK and regulated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).
AIA's professional qualification is split into three levels. On completion of each level a qualification is awarded, allowing students to gain qualifications as they progress towards becoming a qualified accountant.
Our qualifications are delivered globally through approved study providers, or through AIA Achieve, our interactive distance learning study programme, enabling you to learn in a way that suits your lifestyle.
All examinations are conducted online in the AIA's online assessment platform. The system utilises the latest technology to provide students with an easy to access, safe and secure form of invigilation during the current COVID-19 pandemic. All examinations involve both automated and human invigilation, alongside supervision of your assessment through live proctoring, which allows access to real-time technical advice if required.
Study the AIA professional qualification to become a fully qualified accountant, earn the AIA designation and enjoy a career in accountancy, business or finance.
Here's just a few reasons you should start your journey to becoming a qualified accountant with AIA:
Career Progression Obtaining status as a professionally qualified accountant is a milestone in anyone’s career and demonstrates that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform at the highest level.
Transform your work The skills and knowledge you gain while studying the AIA qualification will have a positive impact on your work. By applying your learning to your role and responsibilities you will gain a broader perspective and new ideas.
Enhance your professional status Boost your career and salary potential with our internationally recognised qualifications and designatory letters, which demonstrate your enhanced level of expertise and commitment to professional standards.
Audit is a regulated profession in the UK offering a rewarding career in a complex and fast-paced field. In order to qualifying as a statutory auditor, you must first obtain a recognised professional qualification, such as the AIA’s. The AIA’s statutory audit training programme will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to succeed.
AIA offers a Statutory Auditor Training Programme, which combines the AIA's Recognised Professional Qualification with additional modules and work experience requirements to qualify as an auditor.
Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Diploma is a practical course of study, covering a broad range of IFRS topics considered essential for those working in accountancy, finance and business.
Studying the Diploma in Management Accounting and Costing (MAC) will help to increase your understanding of costing systems for products, processes, operations and services, and aid management decision making and policy formulation activities.
The Auditing Diploma is designed for professionals working in the accounting and finance sector, who wish to build on their existing knowledge of auditing with a diploma accredited by AIA, or for someone looking for an introduction to the subject who may be considering undertaking a professional accountancy qualification.
The AIA-CPA Conversion Programme was jointly established by AIA and the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA) to advance global opportunties for members in China through joint certification.
The AIA Taiwan CPA Conversion Programme was jointly established by AIA, the Federation of CPA Associations of Chinese Taiwan and the US CPA in Taiwan to advance global opportunties for members through joint certification.
The AIA CACFO Programme recognises and rewards the achievements of China's leading finance professional and members of the Association of Chief Financial Officers (CACFO) and offers joint certification to advance global opportunties for members.
AIA works in partnership with the Beijing National Accounting Institute (BNAI) to offer a selective route to membership for individuals that demonstrate a particularly high level of academic, ethical and professional competency.
AIA works with a number of universities to offer members the opportunity to obtain a degree or MBA, using the AIA qualification for entry purposes onto an ever increasing number MBA programmes, both in the UK and overseas.
AIA membership will take you from being a Student, all the way through your career as an accountant. As an AIA Student you are demonstrating that you are committed to your career development and are embarking on the appropriate training to succeed. Qualification as an International Accountant is achieved through a combination of study, exams and Initial Professional Development (IPD); only on completion of all these elements, and on obtaining Associate membership, are you entitled to declare yourself a qualified accountant.
Available for individuals currently working at a recognised university or college, find out more about AIA Academic Membership.