School business manager (SBM) training and qualifications

See what training is available for SBMs. Find links to specific diplomas in school business management, as well as qualifications in accountancy and other specialist areas of running a school.

Last reviewed on 10 December 2021
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  1. SBM qualifications
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In this article, we link to a range of organisations that provide commercial services. The inclusion of these services does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by us.

We developed this article with the help of Justine Berkeley, managing director of SBM Services.

SBM qualifications

There are level 4 and 5 diplomas for school business management available.

You can access these qualifications via training centres approved by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Read a summary of these diplomas in guidance from the Institute of School and Business Leadership (ISBL). 

Please note the ISBL guidance refers to a level 6 diploma, but this is no longer available.

Accountancy qualifications


The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a professional membership and qualification body for vocational accountants.

It offers qualifications and courses in accountancy, bookkeeping and computerised accounting, delivered by a number of training providers.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants