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  • There are several things I like about being a member of the IAB, but I think the most important one to me personally is that the organisation is about people.  Helping people, training people and encouraging people to be great bookkeepers. I'm certain my business wouldn't have survived it's first year without their guidance and reassurance.

    Michael Wood AIAB
  • 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 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
  • 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

How to become a Qualified & Accredited Bookkeeper

Simple Steps to Becoming a Qualified Professional Bookkeeper

Step One

Start your future today by enrolling on one of our bookkeeping courses. Packed with practical techniques, expert information and skills-based training, an IAB bookkeeping qualification gives you a firm foundation from which to launch your career.

Accredited by Ofqual, with some qualifications endorsed by Chartered Accountant bodies as well, you can relax knowing that you’ll gain recognised credentials to your name.

Better still, with home study and distance and classroom-based learning options, you can decide how you study. Find your nearest centre using the red box below.

Step Two

With a professional qualification under your belt, your choices are endless:

  • Set up a lucrative business as a qualified bookkeeper
  • Secure a position in a local accountancy practice
  • Keep your own finances in check, saving accountancy fees
  • Boost earning potential by continuing your studies

Of course, it doesn’t stop there...

Step Three

  • You never stop learning! This is certainly true when you apply for full IAB membership. To join as a professional member you need level 2 or above qualifications as a minimum. You’ll open the door to a world of opportunity:
  • Elevate your status with recognised letters after your name
  • Access business boosting benefits to save you time and money
  • Extend your skills through continued professional development

Business advantages, tools to streamline your day-to-day practices, technical information keeping you at the forefront of your industry. What could be better?

Step four

Comply with the law: If you manage clients’ accounts in your own bookkeeping practice, you must register by law for anti-money laundering supervision. We’ll make sure you are compliant.

Be in the know: You’ll also access a goldmine of information: time-saving templates, invaluable up-to-the-minute data, technical guidance. And because your Members’ Handbook is online, you can access it when you need it.

Checklist for a successful bookkeeping business

  • Get qualified and gain IAB membership so you’re on a legal, professional footing
  • Choose a convenient workplace: at home, rented office space or clients’ premises
  • Invest in computer and business software
  • Promote your business through networking, mail-shots, social media
  • Protect your career with Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Check whether you need to register under the Data Protection Act
  • Continue your professional development so you’re always one step ahead


To chat with one of our advisers about taking the first step, get in touch with us here.

Alternatively, click here if you are a small business looking for a qualified bookkeeper.

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