How Joanne Crompton Trained To Become A Bookkeeper
“Tutor support is wonderful; tutors will always get back to you quickly and they always provided me with great feedback and guidance on my assessments.”
“Generally, I lead an extremely busy life, I am a wife, a mother of 4, I work in an accountancy practice, I am a Victorian house renovator and in my spare time I volunteer at 2 heritage railways undertaking the role of a Steam Locomotive Fireman.
I first ventured into bookkeeping back in 1995 after the birth of my son. My job was to collect the monies in a small Mother and Toddler group. This is where I first developed a passion for bookkeeping and accounts.
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Eventually this led to a career working with various companies within the manufacturing industry, dealing with the normal basic day to day bookkeeping tasks, month end procedures etc.
Throughout this time I always had a desire to take my bookkeeping career further and become officially recognised and qualified, but the right time or opportunity never arose.
After working with single companies for many years, I began looking to further my knowledge and experience, I was looking for a new challenge. In October 2018 I moved to a small accountancy practice as a Bookkeeper and Payroll clerk were I gained much more experience and got to work with multiple Employers and accounts which was wonderful, but I felt the desire grow stronger to fill in the little gaps in my knowledge.
Shortly after starting in my new role in practice, I was diagnosed with a rare form of aggressive cancer, which changed my whole perspective and at that moment I decided it was now or never, it time to tick something off the bucket list and further my career and train as a Bookkeeper.
I set about doing my research; I needed a course that I could take at home, at my leisure that would fit in with my busy life. I decided that the ICB was the right Institute for me, and through their website I found the ICB approved training provider – Training Link, and I signed up for a combined Level 2 and Level 3 package.
I began my studies in April 2019 whilst recovering from cancer treatment and I passed my ICB Level 2 qualification in October 2019, a Distinction with Honours at 98%. I began my ICB Level 3 qualification shortly after. My goal is to finish Level 3 and I have enjoyed studying so much that I hope to gain the ICB Payroll qualification and eventually complete the ICB level 4 modules.
Thanks to Training Link, I have had all the support and help I needed, the materials and tools are thorough and easy to follow, there are plenty of exercises to work though and additional materials if needed. Tutor support is wonderful; tutors will always get back to you quickly and they always provided me with great feedback and guidance on my assessments.
There is also an official Training Link student group, moderated by Training Link tutors where you can chat and discuss things with other students.
At present I plan to continue working in practice, I love the variety it brings and being ICB qualified will enable me to provide the best and excellent quality service that I can.”
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Perfect if you want to work as a self-employed bookkeeper. When you pass the exams you can apply for your ICB Practice Licence.
- ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
- ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping
- ICB Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Management
- ICB Level 4 Self-Assessment Tax Returns