Training Options

Potential Bookkeepers

If you are a student perhaps the formal training route through university may be right for you. There is plenty of information available to you. The UCAS website is a great place to start.

You might also consider an apprenticeship where you will be employed and learn on the job.


Business Owners

If you are a business owner, you could take any of the courses mentioned on this site. But why spend your valuable time becoming an expert in bookkeeping?

It may be better to focus your time and energy on developing your business. Do take a look at the Books page where there are lots of basic guides to bookkeeping as well as useful information on running a business.



Are you considering becoming a bookkeeper? Perhaps you’re returning to work after a career break or to looking to change careers?

Please take a look at freelance bookkeeping training considerations below. This will give you more information on how to proceed with acquiring the necessary qualifications to become a bookkeeper.

Training options and links are further down on the page.

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Freelance bookkeeping

If you want to set up as a freelance bookkeeper, then you will need to get some qualifications. You could wait to start your new business until you have fully qualified as a Certified Bookkeeper. Or you could begin to set up and take on work which is in line with the qualifications you achieve. You can continue to learn in your own time.

You must make yourself aware of your responsibilities under The Money Laundering Regulations. Further information is available here.

A main decision could be your time frame – do you want to study full time or fit in your training on a part time basis? Most people will probably want to train in their own time on their own schedule. On-line training is widely available, and you can work at your own speed.

A further decision would be whether your end goal is to become a qualified bookkeeper or whether you want to go further and train in accounting. Some courses will take you forward from bookkeeping to be able to prepare year end accounts for your client (AAT is a good example of this), others will concentrate in depth on all the bookkeeping tasks.

The Module Format

Most courses will offer you a module format where you can study in the areas that are most relevant to you; such as Payroll, VAT or year-end accounting. All will offer the basic bookkeeping tasks.

There are options where you can become Certified and join an association which can be very useful for networking and learning from other bookkeepers.

It is very important to stay up to date with any changes in tax law as well as anything that relates to business accounting. If you join one of the training organisations, they will provide you with this in the form of ongoing CPD (continuing professional development).

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The IAB provides Ofqual regulated bookkeeping and payroll qualifications, professional membership, continued professional development and regular regulatory updates.

Our members and students are at the heart of everything we do and we work hard to make sure our specially selected services help to develop industry-relevant skills and support business growth. To learn more and what the IAB can do for you, please visit

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Sage training

Sage have collaborated with a number of Accounting and Bookkeeping Awarding Bodies, and several Universities to develop a series of nationally recognised and regulated qualifications in Computerised Accounting and Payroll.

These courses and qualifications support learners and businesses by giving practical skills and demonstrating how, when used proficiently, computerised software adds real value to a business, and increases business confidence in decision making and control.

The courses start at the introduction level one and continue through to complex data analysis at level five. They can be studied in your own time at home and with assessments that can be taken to suit your availability.

Training Link

Over 6000 people have improved their bookkeeping and accounting skills with Training Link. You can study from home, at your own pace with access to multiple award-winning tutor support. Training Link offer AAT and ICB qualifications and have been recognised as the best ICB bookkeeping training provider eight times in a row

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The Different Book-keeping Tasks

Find out more about the different book-keeping tasks by going to the blog below.

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