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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
  • As a member of "IAB", I find the services provided by this organisation excellent.  It helps me to achieve my work goals and keep up to date with current financial information. I really enjoyed the newsletter that I read at my own pace.  I find all the IAB staff extremely supportive.  The CPD structure is so flexible that it fits in with my other commitment. I would definitely recommend membership to anyone.What a fantastic organisation!

    MT Collins MIAB AIAAP
  • Qualifications matter a huge deal - most jobs require some kind of training and having an IAB qualification really opens doors.

    Susan Jones



Get registered

Are you studying QCF qualifications assessed by assignment modules, knowledge tests or projects? Make sure you are registered with the IAB within four weeks of the course starting.

Once enrolled by your centre via the online form here, you can take advantage of a year’s IAB membership. With free access to a host of study resources and advice - including past exam papers – it’s a great start to your career.

If you are not studying through an IAB accredited training centre, get in touch with our team to find out what to do next.

Assessment procedures

After registration, centres can download all the assignments and qualification tests from their restricted centre area online.

Because all assessments marked by the accredited centre have an open book policy, students needn’t be assessed under exam conditions.

Please note:

  • 25% of assessments should be internally verified by a nominated professional at the centre
  • 20% random samples should be sent to the IAB for external moderation
  • The pass mark is 70%

Front sheet

The student, tutor, and internal verifier (if relevant) must each fill in the front sheet on all answer booklets and projects. And ensure it accompanies any completed work submitted to the IAB for external moderation.

Unless the sheet has been completed by the tutor - and has the student’s signature confirming it is all their own work - assessments can’t be accepted.

Internal verification

Once centres have internally moderated 25% of assessments, the internal verifier should sign the front sheet of the answer booklet. The IAB cannot externally moderate unless internal verification has been done.

External moderation

After all candidates have submitted their assessments, each centre should select a cross-section of scripts for moderation covering a large percentage of marginal as well as higher passes. This sample should represent a minimum of 20% for each assignment, knowledge test or project.

If centres are unsure which scripts to send for external moderation, please contact the IAB’s Education Department for advice.

Results tracking

On registration, the IAB issues a tracking sheet showing the IAB Class ID, student names and numbers. When contacting the IAB, please quote the Class ID.

Each centre must:

  • Record the marks achieved
  • Email the tracking sheet back to the IAB
  • Upload the results once all tests, assignments and projects have been completed by all students

Confirming results

Please note that official results transcripts will only be issued to those students who have formally registered with the IAB and paid the course fees. Internal verification and successful external moderation must have taken place too.

On successfully completing all qualification units, Award and Certificates will be issued together with a results transcript - and sent to the training provider.

Need to re-sit?

If you’ve failed one of the units in an exam containing three or more units, you can retake it under open book conditions. In this scenario:

  • The centre should request the paper from the IAB
  • Once the re-sit has taken place, your tutor will mark the paper
  • Your paper will then be returned to the IAB for moderation
  • Internal verification isn’t required

You’ll be awarded the full qualification if you pass the unit. The fee to re-sit an assignment is £15.

If you fail at least two units in an examination containing three or more units, you have to re-sit the entire exam again. Options open to you are to apply for an on-demand exam, or to wait for the next examination session. The fee for the re-sit is £30 per exam.

Plus, if you’ve failed one unit in an examination containing two or less units, you must re-sit the whole paper as well.

Want to retake a unit you’ve passed?

Some students want to improve their grades. Always supporting ambition, the IAB allows you to re-sit an exam if you have already passed at least one unit. In this case:

  • You won’t fail a unit you have already passed
  • The higher grade will be retained even if the re-sit grade is lower
  • If your surpass your original mark, it will replace the lower one

For further advice or information, please get in touch with the IAB’s education department.