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About the IAB

The IAB … the professional choice

The International Association of Bookkeepers is a membership organisation and awarding body providing qualifications in bookkeeping, payroll and finance to over 10,000 members worldwide.

Our aim is simple – raising the bar of bookkeeping both in the UK and abroad – by creating a global community of aspirational, entrepreneurial, highly-qualified and successful bookkeepers and finance professionals.

We offer accredited training, support and continuing development from the beginning of a student’s journey and throughout their career. This includes flexible, Ofqual-regulated qualifications, continued professional development and frequent regulatory updates

In addition, we work hard to make sure that our specially-selected services help to develop industry relevant skills and support business growth.

With qualifications regulated by Ofqual, the IAB is a statutory supervisory body under the Money Laundering Regulations. Setting world-class standards, it offers students worldwide the chance to gain the very best financial qualifications – as well as lifelong skills. The IAB is also a professional body for bookkeepers.
Decades of best practice

Founded in 1973, the IAB is both an awarding and professional body. Today, celebrating over 40 years of success, it not only offers a host of regulated  bookkeeping and business qualifications, it supports and regulates professionals on their career path.

With membership attracting students, business owners and accounting professionals alike, the IAB’s sights are on the future – helping members maintain their skills and respected status.
Setting standards
At the forefront of benchmarking, the IAB works with government as well as standard setting bodies to promote the professional integrity of bookkeepers.
Under the UK Money Laundering Regulations, the IAB is a statutory supervisor – ensuring members in practice comply with the law. Alongside this, it also plays a key role in developing national qualifications too.
Promoting new opportunities
Young people and start-up businesses need a helping hand – the chance to gain skills and move ahead. The IAB supports many initiatives to make this happen.

It collaborated with the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership to pave the way for new bookkeeping and payroll qualifications and apprenticeships.

Small businesses can easily find a bookkeeper through the service provided on the site with listings of qualified bookkeepers across the UK.

To keep pace with the latest IAB initiatives, read our News page.