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  • Qualifications matter a huge deal - most jobs require some kind of training and having an IAB qualification really opens doors.

    Susan Jones
  • Studying on a distance learning course is a really flexible way of tailoring your studies around your work and home life. For this reason distance learning really appealed to me. I have a busy life and trying to commit to a set day or evening every week was difficult for me. I was able to study when and where I wanted and also being able to control how quickly I could complete the course was so helpful. I was always confident I was on top of my studies; if I was busy one week ...

    Caroline Lylak
  • I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for all your help and advice when I recently joined the International Association of Bookkeepers.   I was kept fully informed of all stages of my application and on the acceptance of my membership I was sent a certificate of membership along with a great leather folder of information. I have also needed the assistance of the compliance team when trying to move my supervision for money laundering to the IAB after ...

    Susan Longster MIAB
  • Becoming a member of IAB and now IAAP are two of the best investments I feel I could have become a part of. They represent International bodies that especially in this technological and digital age serve to keep you in the arena of being successful. In almost every fibre of business is bookkeeping and accounting and to be able to not only have the resources and benefits; you can proudly and confidently walk beside other professionals wearing your designated letters behind yo ...

    Tempie Williams, MIAB, AIAAP


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 lifestyle 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 are the different ways to study?

Below are the three ways you can study for your IAB qualification. Click on each one to discover more about that type of study and the next steps for getting enrolled.

Classroom Based

Distance Learning

Total Home Study

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 the IAB 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. Students may need to obtain a letter from the IAB Education Department to attach to their application. This can be obtained by emailing quoting your IAB Student Number
  • 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
  • Access to the restricted area of the IAB website.  This brings a number of additional benefits including allowing you access to past exam papers, further information regarding professional membership with the IAB once you have successfully completed the necessary IAB qualifications, and being able to view a webinar providing CV and interview advice to help you to maximise your career potential
  • As an IAB student you are entitled to a 12.5% discount on any course offered by LILA of Liverpool, who offer English language and professional training courses. For more information please see
  • The Edgware Academy of London is offering IAB students a 10% discount on any course programme fees. This offer extends to all types of courses, general English, exam type, professional English and summer programmes. You can also take advantage of Edgware's accommodation service in London even if they are not interested in attending a course programme. For more information please see
  • The Wimbledon School of English is offering IAB students a 10% discount on any course programme fees. In addition it is also possible to take advantage of their accommodation service if you are enrolling on one of their courses.  For more information please see      

(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 )

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 or phone 01732 897750.

What’s the difference between student membership and professional membership?

You are automatically given a year’s free student membership when you register for an IAB qualification.  Student membership doesn’t automatically grant you professional membership.

Professional membership is completely separate to this and is for those who have gained an IAB level 2 qualification or higher or an equivalent with another awarding body.  There are fees involved with professional membership.  To apply for professional membership please contact the membership team on 01732 897750 or