Certification Program

Welcome to the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) Program!

Give your bookkeeping career a jump-start with the certification that trains you with the most advanced bookkeeping courses. We prepare you for the national Certified Bookkeeper (CB) exam step by step with self-teaching instructional bookkeeping workbooks in adjusting entries, error correction, payroll, depreciation, inventory and internal controls.

And AIPB instructional bookkeeping course workbooks are self-teaching. To make sure you are confident that you have mastered each advanced bookkeeping skill, every section of every bookkeeping instruction workbook includes a double-quiz with detailed answers and explanations.

The Certified Bookkeeper (CB) program is not basic bookkeeping—it does not teach novices to become bookkeepers.

To understand the training materials, you should be a working bookkeeper or have 1 year of college accounting or the equivalent.

When you become a Certified Bookkeeper (CB), you will have the advanced bookkeeping skills and bookkeeping knowledge that can do wonders for your bookkeeping career.

What can being a Certified Bookkeeper (CB) do for you?

If you are an in-house bookkeeper, certification can increase your salary and raise your status—or get you a higher-paying bookkeeping job. For example:

  • 54% of CBs got a new job, promotion or higher-level responsibilities with their current employer when they become a Certified Bookkeeper (CB)—or got a new job.
    • 83% of bookkeepers who get a promotion or higher-level responsibilities say that certification was important to their advancement.
    • 81% of CBs who got a new job say that certification was important in obtaining job interviews.
  • 59% of CBs received a raise after becoming certified—75.5% of these say certification was important in getting the raise.

If you are a freelance bookkeeper, certification can expand your bookkeeping practice—and increase your fees to current bookkeeping clients: For example:

  • 37% of freelance CBs say that being certified helped them gain new clients.
  • 48% of freelance CBs report that they have raised their rates since becoming certified.
  • 82% of freelance CBs utilize certification to for marketing purposes.

To prepare you for the national Certified Bookkeeper exam, the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) program will train you as follows:

  • Mastering Adjusting Entries. How to make end-of-month, -quarter, or year adjusting entries and create the trial balance and adjusted trial balance 
  • Mastering Correction of Accounting Errors. You will learn how to find and correct errors in the general ledger . . . do the monthly bank reconciliation and record the related journal entries. . . use the trial balance to find bookkeeping and accounting errors . . . correct current-period accrual and deferral errors.
  • Mastering Payroll. Be able to do a payroll from A to Z, including how to process a W-4 and complete the 941, 940, W-2 and W-3 . . . know who gets overtime pay and who does not . . . understand how and when to deposit withheld taxes and other employment taxes—with instruction on how to complete and file the actual forms.
  • Mastering Depreciation. Nail down depreciation for accounting purposes under GAAP, including the straight-line, units-of-production . . . declining balance . . . and sum sum-of-the-years’-digits methods. Carry out depreciation for tax purposes, including how to depreciate equipment v. buildings . . . depreciate the company car v. sole proprietor’s car and separating depreciation of business v. personal use.
  • Mastering Inventory. Learn the perpetual and periodic methods for recording inventory. Find out how to cost out inventory and record cost of goods sold using the weighted and moving average, FIFO, LIFO and lower of cost or net realizable value (LCNRV) methods.
  • Mastering Internal Controls and Fraud PreventionHow to prevent—or spot—red flags of employee theft . . . check fraud . . . credit card fraud. . . vendor fraud . . . computer and internet fraud. All with red flags and dos and don’ts’.

The Certified Bookkeeper (CB)

Includes: Benefits of certification, requirements, cost, preparatory self-teaching workbooks.

The Certified Bookkeeper (CB)
Prep Course

Includes: Curriculum, benefits to students, benefits to local businesses, benefits to your school, recommended course hours, teaching aids, cost of student workbooks and testing (no cost to school).

The Certified Bookkeeper (CB)
Continuing Ed Course

Includes: Curriculum, benefits to students, benefits to local businesses, benefits to your school, recommended course hours, teaching aids,  cost of student workbooks and testing (no cost to school).