Computerised Bookkeeping Level One RQF

The International Association of Bookkeepers

  • Course overview
  • Entry requirements
  • How this course is assessed
  • Progression onto
  • Value within the industry
  • Course guide time
  • Price
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Course brochure

Course overview

When you enrol onto this course you will receive an IAB workbook that covers the full course, which details all the steps you need to take including screen shots and images to guide you through the course. Everything you need to know to complete the knowledge requirements within this course is covered in this workbook. So you will understand not only the practical processes, but also the reasons why they are required.

Should you not have access to a commercial computerised accounting package we can offer a full copy of the most current version of Sage 50 Accounts Professional software, which is valid for up to 180 days, the additional cost for this is £75.00; This option can be selected upon checkout.

There are two mandatory units in this qualification, which are listed below:

Introduction to computerised accounting
The learning outcomes for this unit include:

  • Understand the basics of computerised accounting
  • Understand accounting terms
  • Recognise source documents
  • Understand the basics of the VAT system

Set up a computerised accounting system and process data
The learning outcomes for this unit include:

  • Set up a computerised accounting system
  • Process credit based transactions
  • Process cash sales and sundry income
  • Process receipts from credit customers
  • Process payments to credit suppliers
  • Process payments through the bank current account
  • Process petty cash transactions
  • Reconcile the balance on the bank current account
  • Generate reports

The learning outcomes and assessment criteria are available here for more information

Entry requirements

You only need to have basic literacy and numeracy skills to undertake this course.

As the course is computerised bookkeeping, you will need basic computer skills.

How this course is assessed

A Knowledge Test and assignment are used for the purpose of assessing your competence. The assessments are completed online through the IAB.

There is one Knowledge Test (Introduction to computerised accounting), which you need a score over 70% to achieve this element.

For the Assignment (Set up a computerised accounting system and process data) you need a score over 60% to achieve this element.

Once you have successfully passed both elements, you will have achieved your qualification.

Progression onto

Level Two Certificate in Computerised Bookkeeping (RQF) (IAB)

Value within the industry

By holding this qualification, it would be seen within as an introduction to computerised bookkeeping. You will be able to carry out basic, day to day bookkeeping duties, with an emphasis on accuracy, whilst maintaining confidentiality and security.

You will also gain valuable experience using Sage 50 Accounts, which is recognised and widely used within the industry.

Course guide time

This could take you approximately six months to complete, however every learning is different and can complete it in much shorter or longer timescales. As a guide, it could take 30 hours study time.


  • The cost of the course is £345.00(including VAT)
  • In addition there is a charge of £8.00 for postage and packaging of the learning materials.
  • This includes your membership with The International Association of Bookkeepers.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have deadlines to complete work within?

You progress through your course at your own pace. Everyone has different commitments and even these can change at short notice.

How long will the course take?

We can provide ‘guide times’ for the courses, just to give you an idea of how long it may take to complete. From enrolment, it all depends how much time you can dedicate to studying, around all of your work and personal life. Your registration with The International Association of Bookkeepers is valid for one year. It could take you around 30 hours to complete this qualification.

How do I know if my computer will run the Sage software?

The system requirements to run the Sage software can be found here however, it does need a windows operating system on your PC.

For more information about Sage 50 Accounts software, please click here.

Does the course need me to attend anywhere for a test or lesson?

The IAB courses are distance learning, so you do not need to attend any centre at any time. You are not restricted to times of lessons, or having to attend a classroom at any fixed time or date.

Once I have paid for my course, what happens next?

Your payment is processed and then our staff will email you an enrolment form for you to complete. Once completed, just send it back to us to process and then we will register you with the IAB. All of your learning materials will then be delivered to you, including your SAGE software.

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