History Print

The Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT Sri Lanka) was created in 1987 on the initiative of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) on the findings of a research on accounting and auditing in the country by an ADB team.


AAT Sri Lanka was registered under the Companies Act No 17 of 1982 and re-registered under the new Companies Act No 7 of 2007, as a company limited by guarantee. Two years after its incorporation, the Institute was admitted to Associate Membership in 1989 and to full membership 28 years later, in 2017, of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) which is the apex body for Accountants in the world. AAT Sri Lanka has also the distinction of being the first Associate Member of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) a leading network of accounting bodies in the region since September 1989 receiving its full membership in 2015, after 26 years.



Over the past 30 years, AAT Sri Lanka has provided the country with professionally qualified and technically trained Accounting Technicians capable of performing all the functions required of them, with the knowledge and expertise required for the 21st century. As it moves into its 30th year, the Institute is gearing itself to meet the toughest demands of a competitive and dynamic environment.


There is a Business School in the AAT conducting courses for a Higher Diploma leading students to a degree program, and IT and English courses.



Through the years of its operation, AAT Sri Lanka has gained recognition as an institute that provides both affordable and market-oriented skills as well as training for new comers and accounting professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in life. Currently AAT Sri Lanka has 30,000 registered students which is the highest number of students registered in any educational institute in the country.



AAT Sri Lanka is proud that its products have fared exceptionally well both within Sri Lanka and overseas. The Institute is committed to providing its students with the best education and training and technical skills to perform well in whatever field chosen by them.



Today many AAT Sri Lanka members are employed in different organizations across the country both in the public and private sectors. The scope of activities of AAT Sri Lanka ranges from education to assessment and professional development. The Institute does not confine its activities to merely educating and training students but also to equipping them with the soft skills needed to succeed in a competitive environment. Students are provided with career guidance, job placement and advice and direction. In addition, the Institute organizes seminars and workshops on relevant current topics for members. This is a holistic approach with a view to producing well-rounded, middle and higher level accounting professionals, who can meet the multiple demands of their workplaces with a winning streak.