Nelson Chan


In his second year at the University of Greenwich, Nelson Chan studied for the IAB Level 2 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping.

After graduating in 2017 with a first in Accounting and Finance, Nelson, 21, is now working for a family-owned accountancy practice in South London.

He is among a handful of outstanding students to achieve a remarkable 100% in the IAB exam.

He believes the course gave him a broader understanding of the subject than would have been the case if he had not chosen to take it.

“I had wanted to get into learning about accounting software but wasn’t sure which course to take,” he says.

“I didn’t know about the IAB course at the start of my degree, but when Mig [University of Greenwich principal lecturer Mig Farinas-Almeida] explained more about it, it seemed a good thing to do. He said it would be helpful and it certainly has been.

“I saw it as a qualification that would help me secure a job after university and I found that to be the case.

“It enables you to demonstrate your knowledge of accounting software to a prospective employer and that you have experience in using it.

“It was a good, well structured course and a good introduction to this aspect of accountancy.

“I found the course very interesting. It gave me a new perspective because although I’d heard about the bookkeeper’s role, doing the IAB course gave me a deeper appreciation of that role.”

Nelson is continuing his studies to achieve his ambition of becoming a chartered accountant.

He believes the IAB course was an important step along the way.

Nelson adds that accountants should be fully aware of the vital contribution by bookkeepers.

“All accountants have to understand the role of the bookkeeper and have a solid foundation to the initial entry system. The IAB course was very worthwhile and valuable.”