Payroll Level One

The International Association of Bookkeepers Award in Computerised payroll 601/9040/1

  • 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 computerised payroll package we can offer access to Sage Business Cloud payroll software, which is valid for up to 180 days, the additional cost for this is £30.00; This option can be selected upon checkout.

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

Principles of Computerised Payroll Preparation

This unit covers the following areas:

  • Understand legislation in relation to computerised payroll and the role of the employer
  • Understand the information required to prepare and submit an employee payroll record under Real Time Information regulations
  • Understand what constitutes gross pay for different payroll periods
  • Understand the principles of the PAYE & NIC systems in the UK
  • Understand the difference between statutory and voluntary deductions
  • Understand the internal and external procedures required for finalising the payroll under Real Time Information regulations

Computerised Payroll

This unit covers the following areas:

  • Be able to set up a computerised payroll system using commercially available payroll software
  • Be able to set up employee records and payroll data on a computerised payroll system
  • Be able to enter details of gross pay into the computerised payroll system
  • Ba able to process the payroll
  • Be able to back-up and /or restore payroll data

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 payroll, you will need basic computer skills.

How this course is assessed

The qualification is made up of:

1 – Online Knowledge Test
1 – Online assignment

Both of the assessments are available online and there is no requirement for you to sit an examination in an IAB centre.

Progression onto

Level Two Award in Computerised Payroll for Business (IAB)

Value within the industry

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

You will also gain valuable experience using a recognised payroll software, which is 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.


The cost of the course is £320.00 (including VAT)

Should you not have access to a computerised payroll package we can offer access to Sage Business Cloud payroll software, which is valid for up to 180 days included with the course £350.00 (including VAT)

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

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 payroll 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 Payroll software, please click here.

Xero is cloud based and is accessed through your browser, it does not need to be installed onto your computer or device, however you do need a stable internet connection.

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, and your SAGE software license emailed to you.

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