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from Brian J Harford FCCA,FIAB


Woodgrove Tutorials Principal Brian Harford, who is also a Fellow member with the IAB, has previously received the Tutor of the year award at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons for his outstanding contribution in assisting individuals to become fully qualified bookkeepers.

Welcome to Woodgrove Tutorials. We are an Award winning Accredited Training provider for the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) and provide a range of comprehensive accredited bookkeeping courses and accredited accounting courses, alongside our own bookkeeping for beginners, intermediate bookkeeping and advanced bookkeeping, Our IAB bookkeeping courses are fully accredited by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual).


Woodgrove has enrolled more than 2,000 students since Brian founded the enterprise. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a failure in the past five years,” he says.

We provide FULL Tutorial support – 7 days a week ”If I send him an assignment, it’s back in a couple of hours.” Emma Fone

Congratulations to our IAB Students who recently passed their IAB exams with an average pass mark of 96%!! 


’ I am very pleased with my A* exam  result in IAB Level 4 Diploma.  Thank you for all your guidance and feedback which helped me through the coursework and the examination.  The course was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone. I wish you well in the future.’’ Paul Cassidy


‘’I just wanted to let you know that I received my IAB Level 3 Certificate exam results and I passed! I’m really pleased and thank you for all your help and support. I trust all is well with you and many thanks again for your help in getting me through Level 3.With very best wishes.’’ Sonya O’Hey


We are accredited Training Providers for the following IAB Qualifications:-

The IAB is the leading awarding and supervisory body for professional bookkeepers in the UK.

 For Articles on Finance written by B J Harford FCCA FIAB and published by the IAB see:


Computerised Accounting for Business (CAB) Courses:

Sage and the IAB, have joined forces to create the first ever accredited qualification in Computerised Accounting for Business (CAB) using Sage 50 Accounts Professional software.  These Qualifications are fully accredited by Ofqual and endorsed and Certified by Sage. Our CAB Courses include Sage 50 software! and are available in both in ‘hard copy’ Manuals and are also as an on line ‘e book’!


The three CAB Levels are:

This comprehensive accounting course will not only provide you with modern business accounting skills, but will also provide you with a respected qualification, the perfect addition to a C.V for those looking to increase their employability!

Success in the IAB Level 1 Award and Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business (CAB) will mean that you can apply to become an Associate Member of the IAB and this will entitle you to use the prestigious letters ‘’AIAB’’ after your name.

Success in the IAB Level 1 Award, Levels 2 and 3 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business (CAB) will mean that you can apply to become an  Member of the IAB and this will entitle you to use the prestigious letters ‘’MIAB’’ after your name.

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Celebrating 40 years of empowering people across the globe, the IAB is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes the professional status of bookkeepers.

Respected worldwide, the IAB offers extensive Financial Qualifications which are accredited by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual).

”Distance learning is an important and fast-growing element of the services it offers those training to be Bookkeepers”. IAB C.E.O. Malcolm Trotter

Bookkeeping skills are the bedrock of  Businesses today. Without doubt, they:

  • Enhance job prospects
  • Help a Business thrive
  • Open doors to new opportunities for Businesses and their Bookkeepers

Whether you are a Business start-up, need a career change or want to study for your future, our IAB accredited accounting and bookkeeping courses offer the ‘best for business’ choice and a selection of bookkeeping and accounting courses to help you train to be a Bookkeeper.

The IAB has again won ‘Professional Institute of the Year’ 2013 and 2014:-


International Association of Book-keepers (IAB)

The Award was voted for by bookkeepers, accountants, business owners and members of The Book-keepers Network & Forum (BKN) and it is awarded to the most popular Professional Institute.

Be at the top of your profession -

become  a fully qualified IAB ‘Registered Bookkeeper’
with Woodgrove Tutorials.

  • Associate membership (AIAB)

Entitling you to use AIAB after your name, you can apply for Associate membership if you hold:

L2 Certificate in Bookkeeping QCF.

  • IAB Member (MIAB)

As a full Member of the IAB, you are free to use the letters MIAB after your name to illustrate your level of competence – and to show your qualified, professional status.

Once registered as a fully-fledged Member, you gain unlimited support, money-saving discounts and access to professional development to further your career.

Although you don’t need practical experience to register as a Member, you do need the following qualifications as a minimum condition:

L3 Certificate in Bookkeeping QCF.

  • IAB Fellow (FIAB)

As a Fellow of the IAB you join a respected league of professionals who can use the ultimate bookkeeping title – ‘Registered Bookkeeper’

Fellow membership of the IAB is a mark of professional excellence, a signal to employers and businesses that you are at the very top of your field.

As the highest grade of IAB membership, a Fellow is a special accolade as it:

  • Symbolises your proven expertise and experience
  • Gives you credibility as a Registered Bookkeeper
  • Enables you to use the letters FIAB after your name


We have been specialist providers of distance learning bookkeeping & accounting courses for over 36 years. During this time, we have received literally hundreds of testimonials from delighted students. Our Principal, Brian J Harford FCCA is an award winning qualified Charted Certified Accountant with 35  years teaching experience in Bookkeeping & Accounts. For 17 years he was a Part Time Lecturer at:

London Metropolitan University (formerly Guildhall University).


The International Association of Book-keepers (IAB) was founded in 1973 and until approximately ten years ago it focussed purely on being a professional and examining body for bookkeepers. Building on this, today the IAB is the leading UK and international professional body for those providing bookkeeping and related accounting services to small businesses. Through its broad range of Ofqual accredited qualifications and its CPD activities, the IAB aims to meet an extensive range of financial skills needs.

For the prestigious IAB professional qualification we provide you with Course materials and personalised tutorial support which is second to none. Expect VERY prompt feedback on assignments submitted to us with telephone and e mail support from your personal Tutor.

As a result of our Students’ outstanding successes in the IAB exams Woodgrove Tutorials has won the following:

‘Special award for Students Continued Outstanding Achievements in the IAB exams’ This award was presented to Woodgrove Tutorials in the House of Commons.

Brian J Harford FCCA , Principal of Woodgrove Tutorials received this special Award from Clive Johnson FFA FIAB FCIB MIBC Chairman of Council.
Brian J Harford FCCA, Principal of Woodgrove Tutorials made his Award acceptance speech at the House of Commons.Woodgrove Tutorials and was congratulated by Malcolm Trotter the IAB’s Chief Executive.

For full story and pictures see:

Congratulations to Woodgrove Tutorials CAB Sage 50 Tutor Fiona Bradley – a true ‘Ingenious Britian’!

Woodgrove Tutorials’ Sage Tutor, Fiona Bradley MA BA FMAAT FIoC FIAB is Managing Director of her own Business which is called AQ4B.

Ingenious Britain has been endorsed by Sir Richard Branson. As part of their preparations for Ingenious Britain Live!, Ingenious Britain recently conducted a search for ten Ingenious Britons. The criteria for these awards is small business owners who can demonstrate a tangible impact on their business as a result of being ingenious.

Fiona’s Business was awarded the prestigious accolade of being named as one of Britain’s 10 Ingenious Businesses!

For full details see:’s-most-ingenious


Brian and Caroline Harford discuss bookkeeping courses

Brian Harford and his wife Caroline chat to IAB Chief Executive Malcolm Trotter after Woodgrove Tutorials received a Special Award for their Students’ Continued Outstanding Achievement in IAB exams.


Brian Harford receives a bookkeeping course award

Woodgrove Tutorials Principal Brian J Harford FCCA,FIAB receiving Tutor of the year – Highly commended Award from Jan Leeming, TV & Radio interviewer, newsreader, actress, author and voiceover artiste.

Student of the Year

A student of Woodgrove's award-winning bookkeeping courses

A Woodgrove Tutorials student WON the IAB Student of the year Award. The Awards Ceremony was held at the House of Commons.

“Susan Kerr of West Sussex  (pictured above with her Tutor Brian J Harford FCCA,FIAB), at the Business Enterprise Awards ceremony held at the House of Commons. The awards, sponsored by Lloyds TSB, HM Revenue and Customs, Business Link and other major companies, recognise best practice in accounting and finance training, and individuals’ efforts to improve their career prospects.” – The Indepedent

“This was a truly outstanding achievement” said IAB Chief Executive Malcolm Trotter, praising Susan Kerr and her Tutor Brian Harford.

IAB Sage Courses:-

Woodgrove Tutorials’ Sage Tutor is Fiona Bradley MA BA FMAAT FIoC FIAB. Fiona has won an ‘Ingenious Britain’   Award ! Ingenious Britain has been endorsed by Sir Richard Branson. Fiona’s   Business was awarded the prestigious accolade of being named as one of Britain’s 10 Ingenious Businesses!

‘’Fiona kindly helped me on Boxing Day of all days!’’ Alison Barker IAB Student

”I must say I am very happy with the results of my assignment. Also, I would like to thank you about the immediate feedback.” Veska Zhelezova

See many more testimonials on our outstanding Tutorial Support at:-

IAB qualifications are fully accredited by the Government Regulating Body (OFQUAL) and  as such are recognised and respected across the world. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is the  Government Department that regulates qualifications and exams.

The latest Hays Salary Survey shows what Bookkeepers are currently getting paid (on average). Below is a Regional breakdown of what you could soon be earning once you pass your IAB exams with Woodgrove Tutorials!

LONDON – Bookkeeper £28,000, SOUTH EAST ENGLAND – Bookkeeper £25,000, SOUTH WEST ENGLAND – Bookkeeper £22,000, WALES – Bookkeeper £21,000, YORKSHIRE/HUMBERSIDE – Bookkeeper £21,000,  NORTH EAST ENGLAND – Bookkeeper £18,000,  NORTH WEST ENGLAND – Bookkeeper £22,750, NORTHERN IRELAND – Bookkeeper £19,000, SCOTLAND – Bookkeeper £21,500

Note: The Hay Group is the world’s leading supplier of accurate Salary information and analysis.



After studying with Woodgrove Tutorials I have found that my excellent examination passes and FIAB professional qualification have given me the confidence and adaptability to apply my knowledge of accounting to any given situation I have been presented with.I have built my own Bookkeeping and Accounting practice from scratch and I earn a good living.Without the knowledge and confidence the IAB qualifications have given me I would not have been equipped to deal with the many challenges of the profession.”  Raymond Gray FIAB

’’By the way I have been offered a Finance Accounts Assistant position! The reason I got the job is because of my studies with Woodgrove Tutorials to get the IAB professional qualification. Thanks a lot for all of your help and your immediate replies.’’  Edita Lauceviciene

For many more testimonials from our delighted Students see:

No less than 8 Woodgrove Tutorials Students have been ‘Top Students’ out of hundreds of students who

sat the IAB exams. View the letters on:

‘’I am so impressed with my Training Provider – Woodgrove Tutorials. Brian and Fiona have been available to offer help and support whenever I needed them. Their turnaround of marking my work was phenomenal the longest I ever had to wait was half an hour!!!’’

Angie Capper – Woodgrove Tutorials Student


IAB Level 4 Diploma exam…..Just to let you know that Woodgrove Tutorials IAB Student Paul Cassidy passed this exam with an A* in the recent exam session.  Chris Wooster – IAB Assessment and Awarding Administration Co-ordinator

Paul said: ‘’I am very pleased with the A* IAB Level 4 Diploma result. Thank you for all your guidance and feedback which helped me through the Coursework and the examination. The Course was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone. Best regards’’ Paul Cassidy


Our IAB Levels 1,2 and 3 Special Offer prices include your IAB Student Registration and ALL your IAB exam fees!

Normally £1,357 – now just for just £1,058! PAY BY INSTALMENTS! £198 on enrolment + 10 monthly payments of £86


for details of our Beginners Course which costs just £175. This Course will give you the ‘knowledge’ and a Certificate upon successful completion of the related assignments.


For details of our IAB Computerised Accounting for Business (CAB) Courses using Sage 50 see:

Our IAB Computerised Accounting for business (CAB) Courses use Sage 50

Your IAB Tutors:

IAB Manual Courses:- 

Brian J Harford  FCCA, FIAB, a Qualified Accountant and IAB Fellow who received a special Award at the House of Commons for his Students’ ‘Continued Outstanding Achievements in IAB exams’ and he also won the IAB Tutor of the year  –‘ Highly Commended’ Award at the Business Enterprise Awards.  Brian is a Fellow of the IAB.


Brian Woodgrove FAAC,FIAB , Principal of Woodgrove Tutorials, an IAB Accredited Training Provider, is the Author of series of helpful articles covering a range of finance related topics as well as areas that will help you in your studies, including cash budgeting and forecasting. This Article is entitled ‘Share prices and the Financial Press’.

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Consolidated Accounts:



Accruals & Prepayments:


Bank Reconciliation:


Budgets & Forecasts



”For those of you unfamiliar with double entry accounting, this saying might have little meaning, writes Brian Harford. To those of you with some bookkeeping experience you may remember this is the rule indicating that debits go to the left side and credits go to the right side of the ‘T’ account. The rule was based on being seated in……………………….”


‘Debits to the windows, credits to the door’


Published Article by Brian J Harford, FCCA,FAIB,MICBCash Budgeting & Forecasting to raise Finance for a Business.

Cash flow is the life blood to all businesses especially new ones which are particularly cash sensitive.It is important for a business to be able to project how its current cash resources will profile over a given period……………………….

Full Article on:



Consumer Credit Licences- payments for goods and services by instalments – Article by Brian J Harford FCCA,FIAB

Full Article on:



Brian Harford FCCA,FIAB, Principal of IAB Accredited Training Provider Woodgrove Tutorials, has written an article on projecting the fixed asset position of a business and the main aspects to consider when purchasing any fixed asset.

Full published article on:


” I decided to train as a Book-Keeper, chose Woodgrove Tutorials based on its affordability, accessibility, and excellent testimonials, and two months later I was successful at interview for my first Book-Keeping role. Without your consistently speedy responses I’d never have got there so swiftly. Knowing I’ve been taught by one of the best gave me the confidence to apply for, compete for, and actually win a dream job with fantastic career prospects.”

Aviva Rifka Bhandari

”Just thought I would let you know, I didn’t get the position of Trainee Assistant Financial Administrator I originally applied for, I got one better! The same school offered me the role of Financial Administrator.Thank you very much for your reference.The salary they are offering is excellent and the opportunity is too good to be missed.Thanks for all your support and encouraging feedback”. Angela Hindle

I passed the IAB Levels 1,2 and 3 attaining the ‘Top Student’ Award in the Level 3 Diploma and you were very instrumental in my exam successes.Since then I have moved to Florida and have secured a position as an Accounts Associate with the Walt Disney Comany. Many thanks for all your help. Sonja Voets



IAB wins award at the BKN Bookkeeping Awards

The IAB is delighted to announce it has won the award for ‘Professional Institute of the Year’ in the BKN Bookkeeping Awards.

The Award was voted for by bookkeepers, accountants, business owners and members of The Book-keepers Network & Forum (BKN) and it is awarded to the most popular Professional Institute.


Two big "thank you's" for your feedback on L4 and further insights on the proper use of the cash book and cash/bank accounts.All this is helping me a very great deal. Thank you for your help. Your feedback is of invaluable support. The Course is a real pleasure to study. It would be a great privilege to continue to study with Woodgrove Tutorials.
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