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Guidance, support and benefits for members in practice
AIA's practising certificate entitles members to operate in public practice and comes with its own unique set of benefits, including additional recognition, support services and specialist guidance.
AIA offers extensive support services to help small and medium sized practices work, evolve and grow. Our members in practice have access to everything they need to ensure they operate a successful practice and adhere to all necessary regulations.
Accurate tax information when you need it the most
Guidance and support for your practice
Public Practice Register
Free Compliance Software
Exclusive member benefits
Extensive recognition to support your firm
AIA supervises practising members under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (amended 2019), where the AIA is recognised as an approved supervisory body. AIA supervision provides guidance and checks to ensure members have appropriate and proportionate measures to deter, detect and disrupt money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
AIA members are eligible to register under the ATOL Reporting Accountants' Scheme. Registration with the Scheme is essential if you have clients that hold an Air Travel Organisers’ Licence (ATOL) to enable you to submit ATOL Reports on behalf of those clients to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
AIA members in practice in the UK are licensed to instruct barristers directly. The licence holder can instruct any member of the Bar for advice, and in some circumstances representation, on their own behalf or another's behalf in the specialist area. A copy of the Licence is stored in the AIA Secure Document Library in the 'Members in Practice'.
AIA is recognised under UK Visas and Immigration guidance allowing members to provide accountants' evidence for Tier 1 (General) immigration applications and are also included in the policy guidance for Entrepreneurs coming to the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the Points Based System. For the full guidance for Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs) please click here and for the full guidance for Tier 1 (General) click here.
AIA is included as a relevant professional body per Article 4(1) of the UK/Swiss tax agreement, which states: "A Swiss paying agent may only accept a relevant person as a non-UK domiciled individual when provided with a certificate produced by a lawyer, an accountant or a tax adviser who is a member of a relevant professional body confirming that the relevant person is not domiciled within the United Kingdom and has claimed the remittance basis of taxation for the relevant tax years."
Accountancy firms supervised by AIA under the Money Laundering Regulations must have robust policies and procedures in place, appropriate to the individual firm's needs, to ensure anti-money laundering compliance and AIA is pleased to offer access to AMLCC free of charge to AIA Members in Practice.
AMLCC subscription provides firms with the essential tools needed to assess their clients through online reporting and record keeping as well as train their staff, this in turn gives reassurance to the AIA that AIA registered firms are meeting their statutory obligations and incorporating best practice into their work.
Accurate tax information when you need it the most
Tolley Tax Library
AIA has teamed up with Tolleyto give members access to the UK’s largest source of accountancy and tax information, as one of the many benefits of holding an AIA practising certificate.
The bespoke package includes access to the interactive Tax Library and Tolley Online Seminars and is included as part of the AIA membership fee. Members can browse and search the following titles, which are updated daily to reflect the latest changes, get alerts to help spot new business opportunities and obtain the latest tax information to confidently deal with your clients’ needs.
Tolley Seminars Onlineis a monthly programme of eight to ten short lectures on the latest issues and developments in personal and business tax as well as quarterly accounting and auditing updates. The online platform automatically logs your CPD activity, giving you an accurate and accessible record of your hours.
AIA's quality assurance programme, along with our disciplinary process and CPD requirements gives your clients confidence they are putting their business in safe hands. The quality assurance process is an opportunity for you to work with our quality assurance advisors to receive personalised advice and guidance on best practice, compliance and new ways to develop your practice.
All AIA members in practice have access to a library of documents providing you with the most up-to-date templates for engagement letters, disengagement letters, continuity agreements, everything you need to make it easy for you to run your practice effectively and in line with current guidance.
AIA is committed to adding value to your membership by collaborating with strategic partners and offering additional benefits. We aim to provide you with essential tools to save you time and money, helping you to grow your business and those of your clients.
Browse the current benefits available to AIA members using the links to the right to view offers that may be available to your practice, business or clients. Benefits of membership include:
To obtain a practising certificate, you must have been an AIA Associate or Fellow member and post-qualification gained two years’ work experience at a sufficiently high level with a statutory auditor or an accountant in public practice.
If you have trained in a specialist area of public practice, such as forensic accounting, then you must have completed five years’ experience in the specialist field(s) in which you intend to work. Two years of this experience must be post-qualification.
If you have held your membership for two years continuously and are in public practice, you are eligible to apply for an AIA practising certificate.
Prospective AIA member? Apply for your membership and practising certificate using our online application process