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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
  • 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 studying by Distance Learning a lot better than I thought it would be. The text books provided with the course are excellent, and I was able to complete the course a lot quicker than I would have been able to following a college-based curriculum.

    Rosemary Bishop

Apprenticeships in Bookkeeping and Payroll

On the job training giving you a head start

Brand new Bookkeeping and Payroll apprenticeships offer business-boosting rewards for both employers and newly trained staff.

Bringing fresh skills into the workplace, employees get on-the-job training whilst studying for a recognised qualification. The best way to earn as you learn!

For employers, this government-funded scheme is an opportunity to invest in your business future. With financial skills in huge demand across small and micro businesses, it’s a win-win for all.

IAB Apprenticeships ... The facts

  • The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has confirmed funding for payroll and bookkeeping apprenticeships
  • The IAB, in collaboration with the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership and other awarding bodies, led the way in developing this initiative - launched in 2011
  • One in five employers now hire more apprentices to not only bring new talent into the workforce, but fill essential skills gaps

IAB qualifications

As well as gaining hands-on experience, employees also achieve a recognised qualification – boosting employment prospects.


IAB Qualification included

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Bookkeeping

Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Bookkeeping

Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Payroll

Level 2 Certificate in Payroll

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Payroll

Level 3 Certificate in Payroll

Apprentices complete the FLSP Apprentice Workbook to show their new-found knowledge.