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Testimonials

  • Having worked in my own business for many years and being the one responsible for looking after the bookkeeping side of things, when I sold my business some years ago I thought that this was a skill that I could put to good use so Total Bookkeeping services was born and started out at the age of 57 on a new career path. Having some bookkeeping skills I wanted to become qualified and provide my clients with the best possible quality of work so I searched for a training provid ...

    David Wright (MIAB)
  • I decided to setup a small business providing book-keeping and payroll services shortly after my retirement.  My previous experience had given me a background in administration and financial management but no direct experience of industry.  Membership of the IAB proved invaluable in getting the project off the ground. Not only did they endorse my qualifications;  I have since achieved FIAB; but they also provided a range of essential services such as a Practice ...

    Tim Mulkern FIAB AFT
  • I completed my IAB Level 1 Computerised Accounting for Business with Sage through my Adult Education College in Dec 2013 which I found to be OK but I didn’t feel that I got anything extra out of sitting in a classroom environment. I then considered learning through a distance learner and did a lot of research on the companies that actually run your courses. As Goldings were a Silver awarded company, I called them. I spoke with Di whose telephone manner was impeccable. ...

    Tracey Stewart
  • Distance learning was the perfect solution for me as i was able to fit it in around my full time job and enabled me to work from home when it suited me. The distance learning option meant I could work to my own time schedule and I was under no pressure to meet a deadline as I booked the exam when I wanted and fealt ready. The course was easy to follow and well structured and my training provider,Groves Training Limited, offered excellent support and feedback throughout the ...

    Deborah Ross

Get Qualified

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 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 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.

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 membership@iab.org.uk.