Support your staff during their training

Once you have taken the decision to offer the ATT qualification to your tax trainees you will need to ensure that your trainees register as students.

Below you will find some other useful information to support your trainees during their study.


Provide time and space to study

Many organisations find that giving their staff paid study leave (to attend classes, revise or sit exams) boosts ATT pass rates.

Work experience and mentoring

Shadowing colleagues and work placements or job swaps in different departments will give your ATT students the chance to master the skills they learn during their training. Appointing a mentor can also help their confidence and understanding to grow as they train.

Exam focus and skills days, local branch events and national conferences

Exam focus and skills days are held twice a year. For students unable to attend in person, webinars are also available. The day includes sessions on exam technique as well as covering some of the important technical points. Many branches also run specific events for students as well as technical updates, full- and half-day conferences and social activities which are open to all members and students. Our annual Tax Conference is held online and focusses on practical tax issues. Not only do these all provide essential information for your trainees, they are also an excellent, cost-effective source of CPD for your qualified staff.

Support progression to ATT membership

Once they complete and pass the required exams and have the relevant two years' practical experience, your students will be able to take up ATT membership. By encouraging your ATT-qualified staff to become full members, you can be sure that

  • they are committed to keeping their skills and knowledge up to date
  • their contribution to the professionalism of your team is enhanced
  • they receive the full benefits of ATT membership