Despite previous plans for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) to move to remote invigilation (RI), the AAT has now deemed it is impossible for RI to be implemented in the way it had planned.
While AAT has been in numerous conversations with regulators to find solutions, as a result of further testing and investigation it has ‘become clear’ that AAT will not be able to proceed as planned.
In a release, the AAT noted: “It is very important that AAT maintains a strong suite of qualifications and the Association is not confident that it will be able to meet the levels of compliance and security that it would expect for its assessments, and that would be required by the regulators for high stakes, performance table qualifications such as AAT.”
AAT has now changed its plans and is now working towards implementing a managed pilot though the selected training providers using two of the AAT’s Level 1 qualifications with the aim of gaining insight on how the association can mitigate risks and issues associated with RI.
AAT CEO Mark Farrar said: “This has been a very difficult decision for us to take and we recognise that it will have a negative impact on some of our training providers and students. We are very sorry for this but it is of the utmost importance that the integrity and validity of AAT assessments and qualifications are protected.
“Hopefully the impact of this change in our plan will be less significant as we return to a situation where our assessments are widely available from 29 June through training providers. We recognise that the constantly changing landscape has created uncertainty around the world and we’re adapting each day to consider new ways to provide suitable support and services.”