Qualifications

Bookkeeping & Payroll Qualifications for the Future

It’s not easy deciding on a career path with so much uncertainty in the market place. One thing is for sure: with IAB qualifications on your CV, you can offer financial expertise to countless businesses crying out for your skills.

As a savvy professional looking forward to the future in payroll and bookkeeping, you understand how crucial it is to be trained - to outshine the competition, and compete with the best. IAB bookkeeping and payroll qualifications give you all this and more...

Why make the IAB your first choice?

  • As a professional body for bookkeepers, and an awarding body regulated by government, you can depend on the IAB’s authority whether you’re in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Because IAB qualifications are accredited, your professional competence will always be recognised...
  • If you’re an international student, you can study bookkeeping courses and exams across the globe. Check our world map of training centres...

By professionals for professionals

All of our bookkeeping and payroll courses give you a foundation of skills micro and small businesses demand: practical knowledge and know-how.

Why are our qualifications so popular? Simple. Courses are devised by an expert team of education specialists, IAB members, employers and professional organisations. The result? Comprehensive, relevant training so you can hit the ground running.

Your learning doesn’t stop there. Join as a full member to build a future you can really count on. Discover how to grow your career here.


Why should I study with the IAB?

  • The IAB is an Ofqual Recognised Awarding Organisation with regulated, accredited qualifications, which means studying through the IAB leads to you gaining valued, professional status
  • Gaining an IAB qualification gives prospective employers or clients complete confidence in your expert skills, whilst exclusive access to IAB Professional membership offers on-going support throughout your career
  • IAB qualifications open new doors to exciting careers, as well as extend business accounting and payroll skills if you’re currently employed or a business owner
  • With skills gained from IAB qualifications you can set up your own business as a professional bookkeeper or a payroll administrator for numerous industries. The IAB supervises those of its professional members who are in business as bookkeepers with their own clients and it is important to be aware after qualifying, it is a legal requirement to be supervised
  • You could secure a position in a local accountancy practice which needs bookkeepers and payroll administrators to prepare their clients' accounts
  • You will have access to a range of professional and lifstyle benefits saving you money and helping you to begin or further your career.
  • Free student membership for a year when registering onto an IAB qualification and access to past exam papers and additional resources

What questions should I ask about classroom based study?

You should ask the following questions:

- Is the IAB registration fee included in the fee I pay you (the training provider)?

- What is included in the fee, e.g study text books etc?

- How long is the course?

- Do you have any entry requirements? (While the IAB doesn’t have any entry requirements for its qualifications other than a good understanding of the English language, some centres do, especially if you are going straight into a higher level eg. Level 3)

What is distance learning?

Distance Learning, is a term for all correspondence courses. Whereas these were traditionally postal based courses, now they can include complete e-learning via an online training platform, or by a mixture of emails and telephone calls. You can work at your own pace, which enables you to go as quickly or as slowly as you wish, with the added benefit of having tutor support when needed.

Where can I find a distance learning training Provider?

To find a training provider you should click the distance learning box in the ‘find a training provider’ box, and select the type of qualification you are interested in, eg. Bookkeeping or payroll.

You will then be shown a list of all our distance learning providers who are accredited to offer that type of course. This list is in a random order each time you search as it doesn’t matter where the training provider is based. Because you are not restrained by the geographical location of the centre, we recommend you contact several providers to give you an idea of the total fees and what is included in the price

What are the different ways to study?

There are three ways to study for IAB qualifications.

These are:

Classroom Based

Distance Learning

Total Home Study

What is classroom based study?

Classroom Based learning, is a form of teaching which takes place in a classroom environment.

It usually consists of going into a centre once a week at a set time for a set duration.

Some IAB centres run intensive week or two week courses where you may go into the centre every day, while other centres may run weekly lessons which will run for a couple of months.

Where can I find a training provider for classroom based study?

To find a training provider you should enter your postcode in the 'find a training provider box' below and select the type of qualification you are interested in, eg bookkeeping or payroll.

You will then be shown a list of all our training providers within a 25 miles radius, with the closest centre being listed at the top. By clicking ‘find out more’ you can view the contact details of the centre as well as the exact qualifications they are accredited to offer.

What are the fees for classroom based study?

The fees for our qualifications can be found here. These fees are normally included in the fee you pay your training provider.

What are the fees for distance learning?

The fees for our qualification can be found here. These fees are normally included in the fee you pay your training provider, but this should be checked with them, upon enquiring

What questions should I ask about distance learning?

You should ask the following questions:

- Is the IAB registration fee included in the fee I pay you? (the training provider)

- What is included in the fee, e.g study text books etc?

- How long does the tutor support last?

- Do you have any entry requirements? (While the IAB doesn’t have any entry requirements for its qualifications other than a good understanding of the English language, some centres do, especially if you are going straight into a higher level eg. Level 3)

Where and how can I sit the exam if I'm studying through a distance learning provider?

A list of all our external exam centres can be found here.

Please note: That the £35 per exam external fee is only applicable if you are sitting at one of our official external exam centres. If there isn’t an external exam centre near you, then we recommend you contact a Pitman training Centre in your area. A full list of all pitman training centres can be found on their website www.pitman-training.com. You would pay an exam hosting fee directly to Pitman training. If you are planning to sit a computerised bookkeeping or payroll qualification, it is advised that you check with the examination centre that it has the same software and version that you are used to using.

What is total home study?

Total Home Study is where the student teaches themselves either from existing knowledge, from the IAB Study Text books which can be bought here or from other teaching and learning resources. This method of study has no tutor support.

What are the fees for total home study?

The total home study fees for our qualifications can be found here.

What questions should I ask about total home study?

With Total Home Study, you would receive NO tutor support what so ever.

You should ask yourself the following questions:

- How long am I going to set myself to complete this qualification?

- Where will I get study materials from?

- Is this the right Level of qualification for me?

Where and how can I sit the exam if I'm doing total home study?

A list of all our external exam centres can be found here.

Please note: That the £35 per exam external fee is only applicable if you are sitting at one of our official external exam centres. If there isn’t an external exam centre near you, then we recommend you contact a Pitman training Centre in your area. A full list of all pitman training centres can be found on their website www.pitman-training.com. You would pay an exam hosting fee directly to Pitman training. If you are planning to sit a computerised bookkeeping or payroll qualification, it is advised that you check with the examination centre that it has the same software and version that you are used to

How can I register for total home study?

To register for the qualification, you would need to contact the IAB directly in order to receive the relevant registration form.

This can be done by filling out the form below, and choosing the qualification you would like to register for.

What are the benefits of being a student member of the IAB?

As a student member of the IAB you have access to a range of benefits. These are aimed to help you save money and by gaining qualifications with us it also helps to further your professional career.

The benefits currently available to students include:

  • You can apply for a NUS Extra Card, giving you discounts from a range of high street and online stores. The cost is only £12 for one year and students may need to obtain a letter from the IAB Education Department to attach to their application. This can be obtained by emailing education@iab.org.uk quoting your IAB Student Number. You can apply online for the card on the NUS Website http://cards.nus.org.uk/buy.
  • Student Privileges has been designed to offer you a taster of the full benefits package available to professional members. It is the unique member's benefits package offering IAB students fantastic cost-saving discounts on a portfolio of everyday products and services, designed to support you both personally and professionally. Offers include: discounts on cinema tickets, money off Apple products, retail cashback between 5 and 15%, discounts on hotel accommodation, CV Writing and interview coaching service
  • Access to monthly e-newsletters keeping you informed about the latest news from the IAB, including information about qualifications and events.

(If you have registered with us as a student and would like further details about these benefits please log on to the restricted area of our website. If you haven’t received log in details or are having problems accessing the website please email education@iab.org.uk. )

IAB qualifications provide the perfect opportunity to gain employment and help you achieve your career goals. The IAB also offers Professional Membership to support you whether you set up your own business or decide to work for a company. To find out more about membership with us and the full range of professional and lifestyle benefits available please contact the membership team on membership@iab.org.uk or phone 01732 897750.