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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Exemptions for holders of IAB Qualifications

Fast-track your career with IAB qualifications

Once you’re IAB qualified, you have the choice to take your career in countless directions. Perhaps you dream of going to university, but have never had the chance? Or being a chartered accountant with your own practice?

Now you can. Because your IAB qualification is recognised by a host of professional bodies, you can apply to study for a higher level financial course. Crucially, your IAB credentials are counted as an entry credit, or exemption towards qualifications.

This not only gives you a faster route to success, it opens up more opportunities to turn your vocational training into a long-term career!

The following UK professional bodies grant exemptions to IAB-qualified holders:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA)
  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Institute of Payroll Professionals (IPP)

Click here for further exemptions information.

Get a university degree and go places!

To take your qualifications to a higher level, study for a degree. Did you know many UK universities accept IAB qualifications as entry points? Here are some examples:

The University of Northampton: If you hold both the IAB level 3 Diploma in Accounting and Advanced Book-keeping and the IAB level 3 Certificate in Cost and Management Accounting, you can apply for the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course.

The University of Bolton: Want to study for a BA (Hons) Accountancy degree? You can start as a first year student if you have achieved level 3 IAB Diplomas in: Cost and Management Accounting, Accounting and Advanced Bookkeeping and Business Law.

The university also grants 'exemptions’ if you have a level four Diploma in Financial Information for Managers, as well as Accounting to International Standards (in addition to the three level three Diplomas).

Please note: universities only accept IAB qualified student applications at level 3 and above as they are comparable to ‘A’ levels.

UK Immigration

Are you from overseas, but want to gain entry to the UK? IAB qualifications are recognised within the points-based Immigration System of the UK Border Agency.