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Digital Decoded (bundle)

AAT Masterclass

Digital skills are career-critical for all finance professionals and with technology constantly changing, understanding the digital landscape is essential.

Special Price £189.00 Regular Price £226.00

Course Type

Video on demand


1 day

What you’ll achieve

By attending this series of events, you’ll acquire practical skills to position yourself as a tech-savvy accountant or bookkeeper ready to meet the demands of a challenging digital era. The event will focus on a number of areas, including automation, data visualisation, cyber security, blockchain, and AI, as well as helping you understand your digital tools options with practical demonstrations.

In this series of digital decoded masterclasses, we delve into the realm of digital tools and technologies shaping the future of accounting. Our expert-led sessions will equip you with essential skills in data visualisation, automation, cyber security, and blockchain, as well as look at the role of artificial intelligence (AI).

Our Digital Decoded series will take you through four key areas you need to become experts in to enhance your role as a finance professional. It features four insightful masterclasses, designed to give you a practical understanding of how you can utilise digital skills to add value, maximise profits, and advance your career.

Who it's for

This series of events is designed for all finance professionals, as now more than ever, it’s vital to have a practical understanding of digital skills to add value, maximise profits, and career-critical. At the end of this series, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of the digital skills you need and increase your knowledge on applying new tech to your business, identify the trends affecting the industry now, increase efficiency, and optimise your or your business's performance.

Meet the Speaker(s)

David Culley

David Culley

David Culley

David Culley has a passion for professional education and development.

For 18 years he has enjoyed supporting people with their professional qualifications and continuing professional development by designing teaching programmes, authoring bespoke materials and providing interactive training face-to-face and online.

David’s technical expertise in financial management, business strategy and technology is founded on his fellowships of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Leadership & Management. This expertise is enhanced by his career as a business leader and continues to be nourished by research into how these fields are evolving in the modern business environment.

David’s current research areas include big data, Artificial Intelligence and the future of the accountancy profession. He recently published a report into the impact of digital technology on accountants and finance professionals: People Will Be The Next Big Thing.  

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Jamie Barnes

Jamie Barnes

Jamie Barnes

Jamie has been working in Data and Analytics for over 10 years in all kinds of environments, leading teams and projects.

He has a passion for learning and teaching and has focused his recent years on data visualisation and story telling in Power BI. He says he still has so much to learn but is always happy to share what he already knows. 

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Video on demand

1 day

Cyber Security, Data visualisation and analytics


Digital Decoded - harnessing data insight: an introduction to Power BI

Every finance professional can benefit from Power BI's powerful data manipulation. During this session, you'll learn how to harness this crucial tool to provide more engaging insights for your colleagues and customers. You'll also get an end-to-end overview of how to set up a reporting journey with Power BI, including:

  • connecting to your data; looking at types of data sources and how to connect
  • transforming, preparing and modeling the data; cleanse subset and qualify your data, then link tables through relationships
  • modelling the data; link your tables by creating relationships
  • building interactive visuals and reports
  • publishing to the Power BI service to share your reports.

Digital Decoded - take your reporting to the next level

Check out the digital tools you need to take your reporting to another level. Technology is constantly changing, and if you’re not on board with the latest technology, you’ll find yourself unable to keep up with the marketplace – client expectations, competitors’ pace, and the latest legislation.

This session will not only enable you to identify these tools but also help you understand the digital landscape, a mindset of adaptability, an eagerness to learn and a willingness to be flexible to help you reach that next level. 

In this session, Jamie will help you to:

  • review some of the AI visuals and how they can help you find impactful insight
  • gain an understanding of DAX data analysis expressions and get practical knowledge of creating simple columns and measures
  • look at some of the more 'analytical' capabilities in Power BI and DAX.

Digital Decoded - managing cybersecurity, blockchain and cryptocurrency

As an accountant and finance professional you need to be fully aware about cybersecurity within your organisation and understand the impact of blockchain on transactions. This highly targeted session requires no prior knowledge in this area, and it’ll help you identify the risks and opportunities involved and equip you with the practical skills to address them.

This session will enable you to:

  • understand the difficulties of creating a digital currency and how blockchain addresses that challenge
  • identify practical applications of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology
  • consider cybersecurity risks and their impact on organisations
  • explore a range of controls to manage cybersecurity risks within an organisation.


  • the objectives – what are we trying to do when setting a cybersecurity agenda? 
  • the risks – what are the cybersecurity risks I need to consider for my organisation (and it’s not just hackers) 
  • the impact of risks – what happens if a cybersecurity risk materialises? 
  • they controls – what practical controls can be implemented to protect you and your organisation? 
  • cybersecurity today – practical examples of the latest cybersecurity events.


  • the challenge of creating a digital currency – what are the issues with the current banking system that digital currencies are trying to address? 
  • other uses of blockchain – blockchain technology is used for everything from tracking cattle to establishing ownership of priceless works of art.


  • blockchain as an enabler of cryptocurrency – what exactly is blockchain and how does it enable cryptocurrencies?
  • the practical side of cryptocurrencies – exploring bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, including some practical red flags to be aware of.

By attending this session, you’ll achieve:

  • a better understanding of blockchain – what it is and why it’s so important for accountants
  • and learn through practical examples of the risks associated with blockchain and how those risks can be managed 
  • an increased awareness of the latest cybersecurity threats facing organisations and individuals 
  • and learn from examples of practical steps that can be taken to improve your organisation’s (and your own) cybersecurity.

Digital Decoded - unleashing automation and efficiencies in the finance world

In an era where efficiency and accuracy are paramount, power automation can offer a game-changing toolkit. By learning how to leverage this, accountants and bookkeepers can streamline repetitive tasks, eliminate manual data entry errors and significantly increase productivity.

Your role as an accountant and finance professional is to understand the technology and evolve with it. This session will enable you to:

  • get to grips with Power Automate 
  • review the triggers and actions of Power Automate
  • build out some sample flows, to make your life simpler
  • review the Power of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in Power Automate.

How to access

Once purchased you'll be able to access the AAT Learning Portal where you'll have 12 months from the date to access the learning materials. AAT Learning Portal allows you to view all the courses you've purchased in one place, monitor your latest training activity and create goals to help you achieve your training aims.

Meet the sponsor: Xero

Xero makes invoicing and accounting quick and easy. Join this digital showcase to find out how Xero software can help provide a digital solution to your accounting needs.

Xero is a cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses has 3.5 million subscribers globally. Through Xero, small business owners and their advisors have access to real-time financial data anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Xero offers an ecosystem of over 1,000 third-party apps and 300 plus connections to banks and other financial partners.  In 2020 Xero was recognised by IDC MarketScape as a leader in its worldwide SaaS and cloud-enabled small business finance and accounting applications vendor assessment.

Join over 200,000 accountants and bookkeepers using Xero in their practice

Digital Decoded (bundle)
Video on demand

Digital Decoded (bundle)

1 day