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Testimonials

  • Having worked in my own business for many years and being the one responsible for looking after the bookkeeping side of things, when I sold my business some years ago I thought that this was a skill that I could put to good use so Total Bookkeeping services was born and started out at the age of 57 on a new career path. Having some bookkeeping skills I wanted to become qualified and provide my clients with the best possible quality of work so I searched for a training provid ...

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

    Susan Jones
  • 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

IAB Routes to Membership

IAB qualifications and grade of membership

How to be a member of the IAB

At every stage of your career, IAB membership offers a wealth of support and advice. And with different pathways to membership, the choice is all yours.

With qualifications and training options through the IAB as well as other awarding bodies, you can join as a Student, Associate, Member or Fellow.

Student membership

The moment you enrol on an IAB course, you become a student member for a year without paying extra for the privilege. With access to a host of benefits and support through your first year of study, it’s a great way to get your career off to a flying start!

Associate membership

Entitling you to use AIAB after your name, you can apply for Associate membership if you hold – as minimum - one of the following IAB qualifications, or equivalent from other awarding bodies:

L2 Certificate in Bookkeeping QCF

L2 Award in Manual Bookkeeping QCF

L2 Certificate in Applied Bookkeeping QCF

L2 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping QCF

L2 Certificate in Payroll QCF

L2 Award in Practical Payroll QCF

L2 Award in Computerised Payroll QCF

L2 Award in Applied Payroll QCF

L3 Certificate in Payroll QCF

L3 Award in Computerised Payroll QCF

L2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business QCF

L3 Award in Costing and Pricing QCF

IAB Member

As a full Member of the IAB, you are free to use the letters MIAB after your name to illustrate your level of competence - and to show your qualified, professional status.

Once registered as a fully-fledged Member, you gain unlimited support, money-saving discounts and access to professional development to further your career.

Although you don’t need practical experience to register as a Member, you do need one of the following qualifications as a minimum condition:

L3 Certificate in Bookkeeping QCF

L3 Certificate in Manual Bookkeeping QCF

L3 Certificate in Applied Bookkeeping QCF

L3 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping QCF

L3 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business QCF

No practical experience is required for this level of membership

Fellow Membership

Joining as a Fellow - the highest IAB membership level - elevates your status to experienced professional at the top of your industry.

The prestige of using recognised letters FIAB after your name, and the title ‘Registered Book-keeper® opens up countless career opportunities.

To apply, you must hold as a minimum the following IAB qualifications or equivalent qualifications from other awarding or professional bodies:

Route 1:

L3 Certificate in Bookkeeping QCF, or L3 Certificate in Manual Bookkeeping QCF. Plus:

  • Two years practical bookkeeping experience
  • L3 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping QCF, or L3 Certificate in Computerised accounting for Business QCF

Route 2:

L3 Certificate in Applied Bookkeeping QCF. Plus:

  • Two years appropriate practical bookkeeping experience

Route 3:

L3 Certificate in Bookkeeping QCF, or L3 Certificate in Manual Bookkeeping QCF. Plus:

  • Two years practical bookkeeping experience, including at least 12 months experience of working with a commercial accounting software package (in lieu of the IAB Level 3 Computerised Bookkeeping/Accounting QCF qualifications).

 Members in practice

Under the anti-money laundering regulations, members in practice must hold either an IAB Certificate of Compliance, or an IAB Practicing Certificate.

This requirement may be waived if you are registered with one of the other 22 professional bodies granted supervisory status by HM Treasury.

To talk to one of our advisers about your options, simply get in touch.