FAQs for Learners
Please refer to the website links provided for further information about IAB Payroll qualifications and our Bookkeeping qualifications (if you click on the qualification links, you can find detailed information about each qualification), this will provide you with what you need to make a decision as to which course you wish to study.
There are three options to choose from, classroom based, distance learning or self-study options, if you choose the classroom based or distance learning options you need to click on our Find a centre function to find an accredited IAB centre and they will advise the cost of the course. If you decide to choose the self-study option you must be confident with your studies as there is no student support from tutors, you do the course solely on your own. The cost of this is in our online shop . For self-study, you would also need to buy support materials, for example the IAB study text.
- IAB Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping – 1 x online knowledge test, 2 x online assignments
- IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping – 1 x online knowledge test, 1 x online assignment
- IAB Level 1 Award in Payroll for Business – 1 x online knowledge test, 2 x online assignments
- IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business – 2 x online knowledge tests, 1 x online assignment
- IAB Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business – 3 x online knowledge tests, 1 x online assignment.
- Routes to professional membership through IAB qualifications
- Exemption routes to professional membership
- Routes to professional membership via experience
To become a professional bookkeeper, you need to have a minimum of a level 2 IAB qualification, you will then need to register as a member in practice. For further information please refer to ‘Bookkeeping as a business’ page.
We refer learners to the IAB shop which has a variety of CPD units for you to choose which is relevant to yourself. If you click on each link, it will give you detailed information on each unit.
Alternatively, if you are interested in our courses then refer to our IAB Payroll qualifications and Bookkeeping qualifications (if you click on the qualification links, you can find detailed information about each qualification), this will provide you with what you need to make a decision as to which course you wish to study.
Our certificate Validation service is a validation service that we offer free of charge on the IAB website. Please note that this service is only for IAB learners, if you have taken a different course please contact the appropriate awarding body.
There are three options to choose from:
Then input your:
- Certificate number
- and then click verify.
Then follow instructions on the website.
Then follow instructions on the website.
It is dependent on when you took your qualification, if it is a recent RQF qualification then this can be re-issued at a cost of £20*, if it is a QCF qualification then as it is an old qualification we would need to issue a verifiable statement only at a cost of £20* (*postage charges may also be incurred). Please contact us on email@example.com quoting your full name, date of birth, qualification title and date it was issued.
‘Award’ indicates a small-sized qualification (i.e. a qualification that has a Total Qualification Time value of 120 or less hours);
‘Certificate’ indicates a medium-sized qualification (i.e. a qualification that has a Total Qualification Time value in the range 121-369 hours)
‘Diploma’ indicates a large-sized qualification (i.e. a qualification with a Total Qualification Time value of 370 or more hours).
Details of external examination centres can be found at:
Yes you can, if you have not completed your course, you can extend your registration for another 6-months at a cost of £50. If you are a self-study learner please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are doing the course through an accredited IAB centre, please ask them to contact us on your behalf.
When studying bookkeeping or payroll qualifications, study textbooks have been written by IAB examiners for these qualifications. These are available to purchase separately for the relevant qualification. Please look at our IAB shop.
Our qualifications will work around your life and work commitments. Whether you prefer learning online, in college or through self study IAB qualifications can cater for your needs.
Our team are very friendly and knowledgeable.
IAB qualifications are regulated by Ofqual, QiW and CCEA, which means that an IAB certificate reliably indicates the attainment of knowledge, skills and understanding at a specified level
Student and member support
Through online and telephone access to IAB staff and dedicated areas on our website offering additional regulatory information and a suite of services and support.
Grow your business
Our professional members are listed on our find a bookkeeper service and have access to continued professional development and seminars that support the growth of their businesses.
Achieve your ambitions
IAB qualifications are all regulated and provide a clear, professional recognised career pathway and with the support of IAB membership behind you we provide you with all of the tools you need to achieve your ambitions.