From September 2009 onwards, as I have not paid my AAT Membership Renewal because its too expensive and I work in IT now. This means I am no longer a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, which means I can’t use MAAT after my name.

So I need a new website slogan, as “Now with added MAAT” will not be true. So I decided to offer a competition! People can submit website slogan ideas, and the person who came up with the one that gets used wins a box of Belgium Chocolates!

Competition Submission Form (Link Removed)

Only takes a few clicks, and you could not only get to decide on a new slogan, but win a Box of Belgium Chocolates that have come all the way from Antwerpen!

I do feel its a little unfair to charge £140 a year, just so I can have MAAT on my CV. I worked very hard to complete all of the courses and exams, and already paid many fees for those courses and exams.

Basically, when you become a member you have to agree the following…

“I agree that as long as I remain an AAT full member, I will observe the provisions of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, the Guidelines on Professional Ethics, the bye-laws and all other regulations of the AAT for the time being in force, and that I will use the designatory letters, ‘MAAT’ only while I remain an AAT full member.”

I am tempted to continue to use the MAAT on my CV on my website though, seeing as I earned it. Paying £140 for the privileged of using something I spent years earning is extortion as far as I am concerned. But, I guess as potential future employers may not see it my way and use that as a reason not to hire me, I had best remove it and play ball.

Finally, I have been reminded (read told off) that I have to thank Alice Davies for taking the time to read my blog.
(Epic win really, as its proof someone actually reads it! lol)