Practical vocational qualifications that lead to ICB membership and professional status.
Coronavirus Update: We are operating as normal. You can complete all of your ICB exams from home.
If you're looking to gain professional skills that every business needs, studying bookkeeping could be for you. ICB can support you in establishing a rewarding career that could see you employed by a company of any sector and size, or running your own business.
ICB is ready when you are
You can register as a student and take your first exam today - there are no entry requirements, you don't need a work placement or a course. You just need to register as a student and take the qualifications in order.
If you do not yet have any bookkeeping knowledge, you can take a course with one of our Accredited Training Providers. If you have some experience you might prefer to buy a textbook in our Shop and work through it at your own pace. Most of our students train from home by part-time 'distance learning' but you can also study at college. ICB does not provide training.
> Find a bookkeeping or payroll course or apprenticeship
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> Learn about exemptions if you're experienced or are already fully or part qualified with AAT, ACCA, IAB, ICAEW or similar
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Qualifications that put you in control
ICB qualifications can be completed in any week of the year, so you can become a professional bookkeeper in your own time, around your job, family or other commitments.
ICB's practical qualifications will equip you for an accounting job or for setting up your own business, so you have the flexibility to move between roles if your circumstances change.
If you want to run your own bookkeeping business you're legally required to be licensed by an AML Supervisor. We can act as your supervisor if you're a member even if you don't have prior experience, you'll just need to apply for a Practice Licence. We've supported thousands of people to take control of their career and set up their own bookkeeping business and our online resources, webinars, events, legal templates, technical support line and supportive community will help you succeed.
If you're running a bookkeeping business already we can provisionally act as your AML Supervisor whilst you apply for membership.
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Qualifications that are respected
ICB qualifications are developed in consultation with employers, government, small business owners and experienced bookkeepers. Renowned as providing the principal and toughest qualifications in bookkeeping, we ensure that our syllabus is rigorously practical and relevant to the work you will be doing as a bookkeeper.
Once you have completed your exams, you will receive prestigious qualification certificates to improve your CV and you'll be eligible to apply for official membership of ICB and gain professional status. As a member you'll stand out from the crowd with professional letters after your name and access to vital support resources, legal advice and other benefits.
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If you are an experienced bookkeeper or have comparable qualifications, you may be able to gain an exemption from ICB examinations.
Professional status, global recognition, support, exclusive discounts, and the kinship of the world’s biggest bookkeeper community.
Advice on running your own bookkeeping business and information on ICB's Practice Licence scheme.
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Told she would never walk again, Coral-Ann turned to bookkeeping & now owns a successful practice.