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About Us

Founded in 1973, the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) is dedicated exclusively to the needs of bookkeepers and other accounting professionals, serving as a supervising and supportive partner to improve and to protect public interests so that only qualified individuals provide bookkeeping services. This is an important assurance for the public that members are trusted and competent bookkeepers.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013, the International Association of Bookkeepers is the most globally respected bookkeeping organisation in the world. A not-for-profit association with thousands of members across 60 countries, it promotes the professional integrity of bookkeepers.

Regulated by Ofqual in the UK, the IAB has awarded over 150,000 financial qualifications worldwide - all geared to helping people expand their business skills.

As well as inspiring initiative, the IAB ensures its members meet impeccable standards. In its role as statutory supervisor under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007, it checks that every member in practice complies with the law.

And by providing continued professional development, the IAB also helps members stay at the top of their field. No wonder IAB-trained professionals are much respected the world over.

The IAB difference

Malcolm Trotter, IAB Chief Executive

The IAB opens the door to opportunity. By championing small and micro businesses, it helps individuals from all walks of life carve a career. To date, it has:

  • Worked alongside government and standard setting bodies to set the highest professional standards
  • Pioneered bookkeeping and payroll qualifications with other awarding bodies
  • Established accredited training centres across the globe opening up new economies
  • Partnered mentoring schemes to promote business growth
  • Collaborated with the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership to pave the way for new bookkeeping and payroll apprenticeships

Success of the first 40 IAB years culminated in a prestigious awards ceremony in June 2013. See the award winners here.