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Student Membership

A Career in Accountancy and Finance

Whether you are considering alternatives to university or a career change, AIA can offer the practical skills and training that employers value, giving you options to work in a variety of sectors within the business and finance sphere. 

Obtaining an accountancy qualification from a professional accountancy body demonstrates to employers, clients and the general public that you have the training and skills necessary to carry out accountancy work to the highest standard. AIA supports members throughout their career, recognising their achievements, work experience and progression and tailoring membership services accordingly. Students can choose to work whilst they study, gaining crucial work experience, at the same time as embarking on a professional qualification.

Becoming a Qualified Accountant

To become a qualified accountant you must complete the AIA professional qualification and obtain the appropriate work experience requirements that allow you to join AIA as an Associate member. This status and the use of the designatory letters AAIA - this status demonstrates that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to work as an accountant. 

Getting Started

No matter where you are in the world, or what your personal situation is, AIA believes in offering a pathway to membership for all and has a range of flexible study options, including supported self study through AIA Achieve Academy, to suit your home and work commitments.

  1. Review the AIA's list of accountancy qualifications and decide whether you want to undertake a specialist qualification or start on the AIA professional qualification. 
  2. Review the AIA exemptions database to see if you are eligible for exemptions for prior learning.
  3. Consider whether you wish to study independently with AIA Achieve Academy or through a Study Provider. 
  4. Review the work experience requirements if you are choosing the AIA professional qualification.
  5. Apply.

Student Support from AIA:

  • A recognised professional qualification
  • Credibility and employability
  • Exceptional student support services
  • World-class study materials
  • Career progression