FAQs for Learners

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.

IAB does not have any entry requirements to qualifications. Learners should begin their studies at the level where their competence lies.

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.

Registrations will be processed within seven working days.
The qualifications listed below:
  • 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.
Achieving a level 2 IAB qualification will allow you to apply for IAB membership. If you have any questions about membership, please contact membership@iab.org.uk
Please refer to our routes to membership section especially:
  • 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.

As long as you have achieved all units, then results of paper examinations can take up to 10 weeks to issue. Results of online examinations can take up to six to eight weeks to issue. If you have done the course through an accredited IAB centre then certificates will be sent to them directly and they will send on to you.

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.
Click on:

Qualification Checker and Certificate Validation Service

There are three options to choose from:
Option 1:

Click here to validate certificates issued from 2011 onwards

Then input your:

  • Certificate number
  • Surname
  • Forename
  • DOB
  • and then click verify.

Option 2:

Click here to validate certificates issued pre 2011

Then follow instructions on the website.

Option 3:

Click here to validate G-TEC certificates

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 ao@iab.org.uk quoting your full name, date of birth, qualification title and date it was issued.

TQT stands for ‘Total Qualification Time’ and is an estimate of the amount of time that a learner might reasonably require to achieve the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification. TQT includes GLH (Guided Learning Hours), which describes the time spent by a learner being taught or instructed by a tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training. The remaining hours are time spent by the learner in preparation, study or any other form of participation in education or training that takes place as directed by, but not under the immediate guidance or supervision of, a tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training.

‘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).

IAB requires five weeks’ notice of examination bookings for paper examinations and two weeks’ notice for online examinations. Please note self-study learners need to contact an accredited IAB external exam centre to book the exam.
You have 12 months to complete your course.

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 ao@iab.org.uk if you are doing the course through an accredited IAB centre, please ask them to contact us on your behalf.

IAB do not offer a study textbook for computerised bookkeeping as this qualification is non-software specific and learners should find a skills book related to the software package of their choice.
Computerised Accounting for Business qualifications include Sage resources. These resources consist of a knowledge book, a skills book and a 180 day trial Sage disk.
The computerised bookkeeping and payroll qualifications both require the use of computerised software. Computerised bookkeeping requires a commercially available computerised bookkeeping software package. Payroll requires the use of a commercially available computerised payroll software package. This is not something provided by the IAB and is not included within the computerised bookkeeping or payroll qualifications; this would need to be purchased separately when completing these qualifications.

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.

The fee for a resit is £40 per exam plus any hosting fee due to the external examination centre. Learners wishing to resit an online unit will be charged £20 per unit. Learners are entitled to get their online units reset once before a fee will be charged.
When a learner/centre is unable to sit an exam without a valid reason and the papers have been dispatched to the centre the IAB reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee of £50 per learner.
When a learner/centre wishes to re-arrange an exam, the IAB reserves the right to charge a transfer fee of £40 per learner.
Our Commitment To You

Flexible qualifications

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.

Approachable

Our team are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Regulated

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.