Covid-19: AAT grants student membership extensions

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) has granted membership renewals to students who are close to completing their AAT qualification and may therefore have not budgeted for an additional year of student membership

A three-month extension has been granted to:

  • students studying our short qualifications;
  • students studying the AQ qualification who have either one or two assessments remaining and are due to renew between 1 April and 1 June 2020; and  
  • students who have purchased a separate End Point Assessment (EPA) that is due to expire by 30 September 2020 have been given an extension to 31 December 2020.

AAT is in the process of contacting all affected students in these groups.  

Mark Farrar, chief executive, AAT, said: ‘Managing the renewals of our members in a fair and considered way during this challenging time is essential. As a non-profit organisation, our sole purpose is to serve our global community, and we must protect our ability to support our 130,000 members who rely on us for guidance, resources and insight.

‘However, we must also support those students who are shortly due to complete their qualification.’

For now, all other students, affiliates, professional and licensed members who are due to renew are being asked to do so as usual. Farrar said this ‘will protect our organisation’s future and ensure we can continue to support them after this crisis subsides’.

‘However, we are monitoring the situation daily and will contact subsequent groups of members in due course should the situation change and we feel it appropriate to offer additional extensions.’

Assessment and events update

While all AAT assessments have been suspended worldwide since 22 March, almost all are available on-demand and should therefore be available shortly after restrictions lift.

AAT does not currently offer remote invigilation, but they are talking with the qualifications regulator as well as evaluating their own system capabilities, to identify possible options. 

In addition, they are monitoring the situation regarding awards of average grades in line with government and regulator guidance. It may not be appropriate to use an estimation approach to outcomes of AAT qualifications.

As soon as AAT know when current restrictions on educational institutions are to be lifted, they will be reviewing our synoptic assessment window and additional windows are a possible solution.

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