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

    Susan Jones
  • 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
  • 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

Professional Membership FAQs

Is the professional body a non-profit organisation which is controlled by its members?

Yes, the IAB is one of the most prestigious not-for-profit organisations for professional bookkeepers.  It is controlled by its members and has an elected council, which is formed of IAB members who take on the role of directors of the IAB.

Is the professional body involved with various government departments as well as standard setting bodies to promote the professional integrity of bookkeepers?

At the forefront of benchmarking, the IAB works with government as well as standard setting bodies to promote the professional integrity of bookkeepers.

Below are just some of the ways in which the IAB represents its members and students on a national scale:

  • A key partner in the Growth and Innovation Fund project, addressing the financial skills needs in micro and small business, creating bookkeeping and payroll apprenticeships and improving the skills of unemployed people.
  • A key supporting partner in the ‘Get Mentoring’ initiative, funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and led by SFEDI, which has successfully trained over 15,000 mentors to support new businesses.
  • With the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership, the IAB led the work creating the bookkeeping units of the QCF in England, and similarly with the payroll units, with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.  The IAB also helped initiate bookkeeping apprenticeships.
  • International export of the IAB’s Ofqual accredited qualifications (utilising the effective support of UKTI Growth), enabling the IAB to equip those in developing economies with the essential financial skills for their businesses, and to improve individual career prospects and progress.
  • Offering support to those young entrepreneurs accessing Start Up Loans, with the aim of ensuring that they have the necessary financial skills to success, or otherwise have access to training and accredited qualifications, or access the support of a qualified and regulated IAB bookkeeper.
  • Representation of bookkeepers at national level (for example, the HMRC Employment Consultation Forum and the Tax Agent Strategy.)

What’s the difference between student membership and professional membership?

You are automatically given a year’s free student membership when you register for an IAB qualification.  Student membership doesn’t automatically grant you professional membership.

Professional membership is completely separate to this and is for those who have gained an IAB level 2 qualification or higher or an equivalent with another awarding body.  There are fees involved with professional membership.  To apply for professional membership please contact the membership team on 01732 897750 or

Which qualifications do I need in order to apply for professional membership?

To apply for membership you need to have an IAB level 2 qualification or higher.  We also have an exemptions database so if you hold any qualifications equivalent to this with another awarding body you may also apply. 

What are the different grades of professional membership?

There are three levels of professional membership: Associate, Member and Fellow.  In addition Fellow members will also have ‘Registered Bookkeeper’ status. 

How much does it cost to be a professional member?

The cost does depend on the level of membership which you are applying for and the country in which you live.  The three levels of membership are Associate, Member and Fellow.  This is reviewed on a yearly basis and half year fees are in operation from July onwards.  For a price list please contact the membership team on 01732 897750 or 

When does the membership year run?

The membership runs from 1st January until the 31st December each year for all professional members.

What are the benefits of professional membership and what support is available to me?

The moment you join the IAB as a fully-fledged member, you open the door to exclusive opportunities to grow your career - and build your future. 

Offering a wealth of resources and discounts, professional membership also lets future employers know you are ahead of the field.

Some of the benefits of joining the IAB today are:

1. Professional status: You can use the IAB’s designatory letters after your name, elevating your status to the most professional level in the industry

2. Be in the know: Regular email newsletters and print magazines keep you up to speed with all the latest news, industry and legislation developments

3. Upgrade skills: Continue your professional development through seminars and online modules – enabling you to learn new skills

4. Comply with the law: Register to be supervised as a member in practice under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007

5. Best practice advice: You’ll have access to a member’s handbook which is packed with invaluable information and sample documents to save you time such as Letters of Engagement, Compliance Checklists, etc

6. Be organised: A free annual diary and tax data card means key information is always at your fingertips

7. One to one support: Access any technical advice you need from a team of experienced members

8. Online resources: Access a wealth of information and practical tools through the restricted area of the IAB website.

For a complete list of the benefits available please see:

How do I apply for professional membership?

To apply for professional membership please contact the IAB team either on 01732 897750 or  We will then advise you on which level of membership you can apply for and send the application form and associated fees. 

Does the professional body offer supervision for money laundering if I have my own practice?

Yes, the IAB is an approved statutory supervisor.  It was granted authority by HM Treasury to supervise its professional members under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

By law, you have to be supervised if you have your own practice and are:

  • A bookkeeper, payroll administrator
  • An accountant, auditor or tax adviser

Our members in practice are entirely supervised by us, so you won’t need to register with HMRC. IAB membership entitles you to:

  • Access best practice and up-to-date legislative guidelines
  • Be legally supervised under our regulation framework
  • Receive a compliance certificate in line with your membership level

Certificate of Supervision: Associate Members only

Certificates of Compliance: 0-3 years’ experience, or part-time practice, for MIABs and FIABs

Practising Certificates: 3+ years of registration, for MIABs and FIABs

In turn, as a sole trader or company, you must put procedures in place to deter money laundering and terrorist financing.

For advice on how to apply for IAB supervision, or how the IAB can best help you, please contact Kelly Lant – Compliance & Membership Co-ordinator on, or 01732 897756.

Is money laundering supervision in addition to professional membership?

Yes, once your membership has been approved you can then apply for anti-money laundering supervision.  The cost for this is currently £90 for the year and it is mandatory for you to have professional indemnity insurance in place upon application.  We do have a list of providers who offer preferential rates to IAB members for this.  We can send this to you or alternatively you are free to choose your own provider.

For advice on how to apply for IAB supervision, or how the IAB can best help you, please contact Kelly Lant – Compliance & Membership Co-ordinator on, or 01732 897756.  You can also view more information here:


How much shall I charge for my services?

We are unable to provide an exact answer regarding this as prices do vary depending on the type of work and also the region in which you work.  We usually suggest you try contacting other bookkeepers in your area to give you a rough idea of how much you should charge.