What is an Accounting Technician?

Members and Fellows of AAT Australia are qualified bookkeepers and BAS agents whose skills and experience are acknowledged as far more than just the traditional bookkeeper role of historical data entry and record maintenance.

‘Accounting technician’ is a globally recognised term for professionals in the accounting industry and indicates the modernisation and evolution of bookkeeping into a more involved and proactive advisory role.

An accounting technician is an expert consultant, qualified and skilled to support a successful business's bookkeeping and accounting needs in today's online and global business environment.

Accounting technicians are the bookkeepers and BAS agents who have evolved their services to provide a range of services that support business owners. They are business process and systems analysts, software conversion and implementation experts, business advisers, software trainers, compliance specialists, HR intermediaries, payroll wizards and a welcome relief for business owners!

Accounting technicians may or may not have the same qualifications as an accountant. Bookkeepers can evolve and expand their skills and qualifications in several ways, depending on their interest and abilities. Pathways to accounting and tax agent qualifications are separate from the bookkeeping pathway. However, with the introduction in 2020 of the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting, we expect there will be more integration in the future.

Membership with AAT reassures prospective clients that you are a recognised Accounting Technician and the most qualified professional to support their needs.

Certified Accounting Technician

In July 2020, AAT became a member of the IPA Group. In June 2021, we anticipate releasing our bespoke Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) program. The program is designed specifically for accounting technicians. It will ensure that AAT and IPA BAS agent members are fully compliant and aware of the rules, regulations, standards, IPA by-laws and pronouncements that apply to them.

The CAT certification will set a new standard and bring a unique level of recognition for technicians in the marketplace, along with expanded career possibilities.