Career

Launch your career with IAB qualifications

With IAB qualifications under your belt, diverse opportunities open up. Your in-demand skills, book-keeping authority and new professional status can help you achieve your dream job.

As you climb your career ladder, here are just some of your options:

  • Build the lifelong career you’ve always wanted
  • Train as a bookkeeping or payroll apprentice and learn on the job
  • Be an invaluable asset to your employer by boosting your skillset
  • Keep your own business finances in check and save money
  • Start your own business as a professional bookkeeper
  • Study further to qualify as a Registered Bookkeeper, Chartered Accountant or Accounting professional
  • Go to university - and take your career to a higher level

Whatever you decide, IAB membership is the next step, offering unlimited career support. Why else do thousands of bookkeeping and accounting professionals join?

Full membership ... for practical support

With level 2 qualifications and above, you can take advantage of full membership benefits:

  • Get career, legal and technical advice
  • Gain money-saving discounts and privileges
  • Enhance your skills through ongoing professional development

From expert guidance to supervising you as a member in practice, we’ll help you develop your career every step of the way.

On top of this, you can enjoy a professional status with recognised letters after your name.

Take your career to the next level

You can choose to develop your expertise by working progressively through qualification levels – building a wealth of skills and knowledge. (table of qualification levels and notes below)

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4

Qualifications and Curriculum (QCF) qualifications:

IAB Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping

IAB Level 1 Award in Manual Bookkeeping

*Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping*

Level 2 Award in Manual Bookkeeping

Level 2 Certificate in Applied Bookkeeping

*Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping*

Level 3 Certificate in Manual Bookkeeping

Level 3 Certificate in Applied Bookkeeping

 

Level 1 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping

Level 1 Computerised Accounting for Business

Level 2 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping

Level 2 Computerised Accounting for Business

Level 3 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping

Level 3 Computerised Accounting for Business

 

Level 1 Award in Payroll        

Level 2 Certificate in Payroll  

Level 2 Award in Practical Payroll

Level 2 Award in Applied Payroll

Level 2 Award in Computerised Payroll

Level 3 Certificate in Payroll

Level 3 Award in Computerised Payroll

 

National Qualifications Framework (NQF) qualifications:

Level 1 Certificate in Book-keeping Level 2 Certificate in Book-keeping Level 3 Diploma in Accounting & Advanced Book-keeping

Level 4 Diploma in Accounting to International Standards

Level 4 Diploma in Personal & Business Tax

Notes:
1    Green font indicates IAB qualifications which require the learner to demonstrate ability in the use of a computer software application which is capable of enabling learners to complete the learning outcomes of the IAB syllabus and assessment requirements.
2    Learners may switch type of qualification when progressing through the levels but in general are advised to ensure that, prior to commencement of a course, they already have sound knowledge and skills at the level below that which they intend to start studying for.
3    Both the IAB level 2 and level 3 Certificates in Bookkeeping are valid for use in Apprenticeships in Bookkeeping in England and are eligible for this source of funding.
4    Both the IAB level 2 and level 3 Certificates in Applied Bookkeeping are composite qualifications, containing the IAB Manual Bookkeeping and IAB Computerised Bookkeeping qualifications at the same level.  
5    IAB centres with contracts with the Skills Funding Agency and other UK government bodies, may find that they can obtain funding towards the provision of courses leading to IAB QCF qualifications. Centres/providers are advised to check the current funding status and eligibility with the relevant book-keeping authority.
6    IAB NQF qualifications are particularly suited to overseas centres given the straightforward nature of the assessment method (by end of course exams only with no in-course assessments). NQF qualifications are not eligible for government funding in the United Kingdom, but for those centres or individuals who do not wish to access funding, these qualifications may suit their needs.
7    If required, please contact the IAB for further advice regarding the most appropriate IAB qualification(s) to meet your needs, either as an individual learner or Centres/providers interested in offering courses leading to IAB qualifications.