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  • 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
  • As a member of "IAB", I find the services provided by this organisation excellent.  It helps me to achieve my work goals and keep up to date with current financial information. I really enjoyed the newsletter that I read at my own pace.  I find all the IAB staff extremely supportive.  The CPD structure is so flexible that it fits in with my other commitment. I would definitely recommend membership to anyone.What a fantastic organisation!

    MT Collins MIAB AIAAP
  • In 2011 I enrolled at the UWI Open Campus in Barbados to pursue the Level 3 Diploma in Bookkeeping & Accounting.  Taking that first course was like a refresher for me which led to me taking another course.  As the studies progressed they became challenging but with the help of my tutor Mr. Brathwaite and Louise Scott my personal attendant at IAB it became easier and led to my successful completion of three Level 3 exams. I even attained my MIAB designation.  ...

    Suzanne Greene MIAB
  • The IAB course has given me a passion for bookkeeping and now I have an internationally recognised qualification to help me build my career. The course motivated me to learn more about how businesses work and has made me realise how in-demand bookkeeping is – I know my skills will always be needed. With distance learning you can work at your own pace around your commitments. This was great for me plus, I get the one-to-one support I need from professional tutors.

    Wathsala Ediribandarage

About Us

What is the IAB?

The IAB ... the professional choice

With over 10,000 members across 60 countries, the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) is one of the most prestigious not-for-profit organisations for professional bookkeepers in the world.

Regulated by Ofqual, the IAB is both a government-approved and statutory supervisory body. Setting world-class standards, it offers students worldwide the chance to gain the very best financial qualifications – as well as lifelong skills.

Decades of best practice

Founded in 1973, the IAB is both an awarding and professional body. Today, celebrating over 40 years of success, it not only offers a host of accredited bookkeeping and business qualifications, it supports and regulates professionals on their career path.

With membership attracting students, business owners and accounting professionals alike, the IAB’s sights are on the future - helping members maintain their skills and respected status.

Setting standards

At the forefront of benchmarking, the IAB works with government as well as standard setting bodies to promote the professional integrity of bookkeepers.

Under the UK Money Laundering Regulations 2007, the IAB is a statutory supervisor - ensuring members in practice comply with the law. Alongside this, it also plays a key role in developing national qualifications too.

Working with the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), it established practical bookkeeping units. Plus, together with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, it helped pioneer Payroll qualifications.

Promoting new opportunities

Young people and start-up businesses need a helping hand – the chance to gain skills and move ahead. The IAB supports many initiatives to make this happen.

It collaborated with the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership to pave the way for new bookkeeping and payroll qualifications and apprenticeships.

As a key partner in the ‘Get Mentoring’ scheme - led by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative - thousands of mentors were trained to help new businesses grow.

Small businesses can easily find a bookkeeper through the service provided on the site with listings of qualified bookkeepers across the UK, Europe and Internationally.

To keep pace with the latest IAB initiatives, read our News page.

Further information about the IAB can be found by viewing the brochures which can be downloaded here.


By being a Member of the Professional Associations Research Network, our professional body is:

  • Committed to good practice
  • Kept up to date on current research
  • Part of a network of professional bodies that learn from and share with each other

Friends of the IAB

Enterprise Rockers

It doesn’t stop there. Small business owners benefit from long-term support and advice. That’s why the IAB backs a fantastic community of micro businesses - Enterprise Rockers.

Launched in January 2012 by Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE, Enterprise Rockers is all about supporting micro business owners who are already trading - even if they have only been trading 24 hours. Founders, Head Roadies, Band Leaders and members of Enterprise Rockers are focused on life beyond the start up stage and want to ensure micro business owners have the support they need to keep going.

This independent ‘free-to-join’ network is where a band of business owners pool ideas, support and promote each other, and simply make life better for small enterprises across the world. Join the band here.

For more information please visit:

Enterprise Rockers' Newsletters:

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Interlinguae provide services and support to IAB Members, accredited centres and businesses in which members are employed at a discounted rate. Further information about Interlinguae can be found below.

Our company provides translationinterpreting and language training services in compliance with our Certified Quality System – ISO 9001, ISO 17100 (translation services) and UNI 10574 (interpreting services), ISO 9001 EA: 35-37 (Design and provision of language courses) ensuring a higher level of excellence.

Since 1982, our clients have been entrusting us with their multilingual documents, materials and other media for the global market. We are chosen for our efficiency and competence, not to mention our reliability and flexibility.

Our translations, made by highly-qualified native-speaker translators, are certified, guaranteed by an insurance coverage and carefully revised: technical translations, instruction manuals, medical and scientific translationslegal translationsfinancial translationsmarketing translations, websites and e-commerce translations, specialised translations, translations for the publishing industry.

In every language. In every sector. In every format. For all types of language services.

Our interpreters are carefully selected, tested and qualified on the basis of their skills and expertise in specific techniques of interpreting so as to supply you with the right services for your business meetingconferencesconventions, etc.

Whether held at our offices, at your premises or online, our language courses are designed with the aim of developing your general and business language skills in order to promote communication in your workplace and in your international relations.