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  • I found that studying through distance learning was excellent – there is a lot to learn, but the courses are well structured and make sense, the self test assessments are good for reinforcing what I had learned, and the workbooks are comprehensive and explain things well. The support I got from Di Garbera at Golding Computer Services was great - she is always happy to help and I never felt “stuck”. All in all a great start to my bookkeeping learning journey!

    Adam Watson
  • 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
  • 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 highly recommend distance learning as a great way to study. You need to be self-motivated but that’s great for me and it gives me the flexibility to fit studying around everything else. I can truly study at my own pace and spend more time on the areas that I find more challenging, rather than having to go at the speed of the tutor. Groves Training Services is a really committed provider which offers an excellent all round service. They have experienced, understa ...

    Jane Holland AIAAP, FIAB

Distance Learning

Through a distance learning course you can learn skills and useful knowledge in payroll, accounting and bookkeeping that can be taken into any industry. The flexibility of distance learning allows you to learn in your own time and at your own pace and the beauty of online learning is that it can be studied on the move anywhere in the world or from the comfort of your home.

The term distance learning is a term used for all correspondence courses. Previously these courses were traditionally paper based however now IAB distance learning courses include those providing a complete online e-learning experience with a training platform and a tutor providing support when needed via emails and telephone calls.

The distance learning courses are designed to cater for all stages of your career in bookkeeping and payroll. Whether you want to improve the skills you already have or wish to learn new skills for a change of career or lifestyle the range of distance learning courses will help you acquire the correct skills to enhance your career prospects and improve your expertise in your chosen field.


Where can I find an online or distance learning training provider?

To find an online or distance learning training provider please use the centre finder search below.

Distance learning is already selected and you will just have to select the type of qualification you are interested in, eg. Bookkeeping or Payroll.

You will then be shown a list of all distance learning providers who are accredited by IAB 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 fees for distance and online learning?

The fees for IAB qualifications can be found here. These fees are normally included in the course 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 qualification 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 fixed entry requirements for its qualifications other than a good understanding of the English language, some IAB Centres do, especially if you are going straight into a higher level e.g. 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.

For further information on distance learning or to speak to an adviser please contact us.

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