About the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB)

IAB (the International Association of Bookkeepers) is an international professional and examining body for bookkeepers with 100,000 members worldwide. The IAB is present in most parts of the world where UK accounting standards or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are used, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Russia, Baltic States, Belarus, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. The IAB offers regulated bookkeeping and payroll qualifications from Level 1 to 3 of UK National Qualifications Framework.

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IAB Training at London School of Finance and Law

London School of Finance and Law offers a wide range of courses in finance and tax law that can be taken alongside your professional qualification studies elsewhere. A globally recognised accounting qualification, together with a national qualification you may be pursuing, will increase your chances to work in an international company.

As a student of London School of Finance and Law, you can enrol in our IAB exam preparation programme which runs for 8 months (2 terms) in total. 

Term 1:

Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business

Term 2:

Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounting
Level 3 Certificate in Payroll for Business

You can join the programme at any level, depending on the IAB exams you have already passed.

Please note that our tuition includes access to study materials, online practice tests, tutor-marked assignments and mock exams via a dedicated virtual learning environment (VLE), but it is up to you to pay additional fees to register for a qualification at IAB and to book exams with them.

Study method

Online learning with tutor guidance and support

How long it takes

The programme at each level lasts 1 term (4 months) and starts three times a year – in January, May and September.

You need to be able to spend approximately 8 hours per week on studying each programme module.

Teaching and assessment

A tutor will guide you throughout the study process and mark and comment on your written work. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email.

The course work includes online practice tests, tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment. You must use the online VLE-system to submit your end-of-module assessment.

The Pass mark for each module is 50%. Upon successful completion, students are issued a certificate of completion from London School of Finance and Law.

Please note that it is your responsibility to take IAB exams after completing each module with us.

Study materials

All study materials (including Microsoft Office presentations and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of selected study materials) are provided on the module website. You can purchase study materials from IAB to revise for your exams.

Technical requirements

A computer with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Functionality may be limited on mobile or tablet devices.

If you have a disability or particular study requirements, please tell us as soon as possible.

English language requirements

The language of instruction is English. There is no formal requirement to prove your English language proficiency to study our courses, but you are expected to have English reading and writing skills equivalent to B2+ CEFR level to pass IAB exams.

Fees and funding

Course fees for 2023/2024 academic year: £840 per term

Course fees cover registration, course materials, tuition and assessment. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay for student membership and exams at IAB.

LSFL course fees depend on the level and duration of courses: check all tuition fee rates for the current academic year here.

You may be eligible for tuition funding.


Next term start date: 20 May 2024

The module website will be available to registered students three days in advance of the module start. Module sessions will be opened every week or every two weeks to enable tutor-led, gradual progression through the study materials and continuous assessment.

Course registration is open, but please be aware that due to the increased demand it may take us longer to respond than usual.

Registration closes 10 May 2024 (places subject to availability)

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Registration for new students:

You have to register as an LSFL student to enrol in this programme.


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