Computerised Bookkeeping Level Two 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:

Principles of computerised accounting and VAT

The learning outcomes for this unit include:

  • Understand the basics of a computerised accounting system
  • Understand terms used in accounting
  • Recognise source documents and understand their purpose
  • Understand the basics of the VAT system
  • Understand HMRC VAT rules
  • Understand the purpose of VAT accounts and the VAT return

Use a computerised accounting system

The learning outcomes for this unit include:

  • Set up a computerised accounting system
  • Generate and use source documents
  • Account for cash sales and sundry income
  • Process customer receipts and refunds
  • Process supplier payments and refunds
  • Process payments through the bank current account
  • Process petty cash transactions
  • Reconcile the balance on the bank account
  • Prepare and post journal entries
  • 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 be able to undertake this course in addition to some bookkeeping knowledge. Ideally you would have already completed the Level One Award in Computerised Bookkeeping qualification or equivalent.

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

How this course is assessed

This course is assessed by a combination of a Knowledge Test and an Examination.

There is one Knowledge Test that is completed online through the IAB.

The Examination** must take place at a recognised IAB examination centre, as this must be under controlled examination conditions and have time constraints.

Paper Examinations these are assessed under examination conditions. There will be a scenario which will be worked through on a computerised payroll package. A series of printouts will be generated throughout the examination and at the end. These printouts will then be submitted back to the IAB via the exam centre.

Examinations can be taken in any month and on any day (subject to the examination centre). This means that you can move up through the levels quickly as well.

Examinations require a minimum of 5 weeks notice in the UK and 8 weeks for those outside of the UK, before the examination date. This allows us enough time to process the registrations and get the examination papers dispatched

**An examination fee is payable directly to the exam centre who hosts your examination

In order to achieve this qualification the following minimum levels of achievement have to be met or exceeded:

  • Knowledge Tests 70%
  • Examination 60%

Progression onto

Level Three Certificate in Computerised Bookkeeping and Accounting RQF (IAB).

Value within the industry

By holding this qualification, you will be recognised as being competent within the bookkeeping industry to effectively use a computerised bookkeeping system. You will be able to undertake a range of tasks including; the fundamentals of a double-entry bookkeeping system, posting of ledgers, preparation for the use of journals. Emphasis is still placed on accuracy, whilst maintaining confidentiality and security.

You do get experience in using the most current Sage 50 Accounts Professional software, which is recognised and widely used within the industry. In addition you will also receive a Sage competence certificate.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to use the letters AIAB (Associate of the International Association of Bookkeepers) following your name.

Course guide time

This course has 50 guided learning hours, however, every learning is unique and complete it in different timescales.


The cost of the course is £430.00 (including VAT)

There is also a charge of £8.00 postage and packaging for your 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. There are no deadlines set for your work to be submitted.

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.

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 Professional 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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