Anonymous - Posted: 6th of August 2010

So long as organisations are passing money around in the world, there will be book-keepers! notgoingtouni.co.uk and ICS Learn have teamed up to tell you about book-keeping courses and what a career in book-keeping is like.

The International Association of Book-keepers (IAB) was established in 1973 and specialises on providing high-quality, relevant financial and business qualifications for financial professional and owners or managers of small businesses. It is the leading international membership body for professional book-keepers and include many thousands of member and studying members from all over the world.

How to study for IAB

ICS has been offering qualifications in partnership with the IAB for a number of years and its students have a reputation for gaining excellent grades and careers in the industry. Study with ICS and you can join this illustrious group of graduates. With ICS, you can get the qualifications you need from the comfort of your own home. You will also be able to study at your own pace and there will be constant support available, as and when you require.

The role of a book-keeper is a central part of most organizations. In small to medium-sized businesses book-keepers are often the sole financial member of staff. Book-keepers tasks are often very difficult to define because their duties are many and varied across differing departments
ICS currently offer IAB courses in:

Level 1 Certificate in Book-keeping
Level 2 Certificate in Book-keeping
Level 3 Diploma in Accounting & Advanced Book-keeping

The IAB book-keeping qualifications are relevant to those working at the first levels of financial accountancy and are equally suitable for school leavers and individuals who are seeking a career change or, indeed, those returning to work.

Membership with IAB

The grade of membership awarded is dependent on the level of examination attained. Additionally, two years appropriate work experience is required for those aspiring to Fellow status. The grades of membership are detailed below.

Associate (AIAB)

To apply for this grade of membership you must hold the IAB Level 2 Certificate in Book-keeping (both units) or equivalent. Please note, no practical experience is required for this level of membership.

Member (MIAB)

This grade of membership demands that you must hold the IAB Level 3 Certificate in Book-keeping (both units).

Fellow (FIAB)

To become a Fellow of the IAB you must hold the IAB Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and Advanced Book-keeping (both units) plus you must also have two years practical experience - one of which must be working with a commercial accounting software package.

Fellow members may, in addition style themselves as a 'Registered Book-Keeper'.

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