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AIPB Full Charge Bookkeeper Certification Program

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Winter Term 2017

Part 1:

January 10th – April 11th, 2018
Class meets weekly on Wednesday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Spring Term 2018

Part 2:

April 25th – July 25th, 2018
Class meets weekly on Wednesday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

“I have been super impressed with the QuickBooks class and the instructors knowledge. As a business owner, taking this class has transformed my QuickBooks ability and taken my business skills to a new level.” Jim H. 2015


Program Objective

The objective of the AIPB Bookkeeper Certification program is to prepare students for the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) National Certification Exam, the first requirement to receiving the AIPB Certified Bookkeeper designation.

The National Certification Exam is a four-part exam. Parts 1 and 2 are given at any of 300 Prometric Test Centers located throughout the US. Parts 3 and 4 are open-book tests that come with your workbooks, and that will need to be submitted directly to the AIPB. All tests are multiple-choice.

What is a Certified Bookkeeper?

The AIPB Certified Bookkeeper designation assures the level of knowledge and skill needed to carry out all key functions through the adjusted trial balance, including basic payroll, for firms of up to 100 employees.

Certification requires passing an examination, proving 2 years’ experience in bookkeeping, signing a code of ethics and, once certified, meeting ongoing continuing education requirements.

AIPB Bookkeeper Certification Program Requirements

Students enrolling in the Bookkeeping Career Institute AIPB Bookkeeper Certification program are expected to possess a basic level of accounting knowledge or experience at the time of enrollment to further ensure successful completion of that program.

Students enrolling in the AIPB Bookkeeper Certification Program will need to either complete with a passing grade the Financial Accounting Fundamentals course, QuickBooks Fundamentals course, and the Payroll Fundamentals course, or take and pass the courses final exams prior to enrollment.

To become a Certified Bookkeeper through the AIPB, you must meet three requirements:

  1. Pass the four-part national certification exam. Parts 1 and 2 are given at any of 300 Prometric Test Centers. The national exam is included in the Bookkeeping Career Institute’s AIPB Bookkeeper Certification Program. Please see page 16 in this catalog for further details.
  2. Sign the AIPB Code of Ethics.
  3. Submit evidence of at least 2 years’ full-time bookkeeping experience or 3,000 hours’ part-time or freelance experience before or after you take the national exam. You have 3 years from the date that you pass the last exam taken to fulfill this requirement.

Purpose of Certification

When a company hires a bookkeeper, they are entrusting their most important possession to a virtual stranger. While they want to know that they are not putting their company at risk, most owners have no way of evaluating a bookkeeper’s true skill level.

The Certified Bookkeeper designation assures an employer that the bookkeeper they hire is qualified and possess the skills and knowledge needed to manage their company books and accurately perform required tasks like the end-of-period adjustments and monthly bank reconciliation, process payroll, compute and record depreciation for both book and tax purposes, cost out and record inventory, and install the internal controls needed to protect company assets.

AIPB Bookkeeper Certification Program Books & Materials

  • AIPB Certified Bookkeeper Workbook Set
  1. Mastering Adjusting Entries ISBN No. 1-884826-25-3
  2. Mastering Correction of Accounting Errors ISBN No. 1-884826-26-1
  3. Mastering Payroll ISBN No. 1-884826-58-0
  4. Mastering Depreciation ISBN No. 1-884826-11-3
  5. Mastering Inventory ISBN No.1-884826-29-6
  6. Mastering Internal Controls & Fraud Prevention ISBN No. 1-884826-31-8

AIPB Bookkeeper Certification Program Outline

The AIPB Bookkeeper Certification Program consists of 6 units of study:

  1. Mastering Adjusting Entries
  2. Mastering Correction of Accounting Errors
  3. Mastering Payroll
  4. Mastering Depreciation
  5. Mastering Inventory
  6. Mastering Internal Controls & Fraud Prevention