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
Our detailed careers guide provides useful information regarding the wide range of career opportunities available in the bookkeeping profession. This can be downloaded here.
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
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.