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Certified Bookkeeper

Certified Bookkeepers are the elite of their profession, much as CPAs are the best in the accounting field. Bookkeeping classes will set you on the path to becoming a Certified Bookkeeper, which can increase your earning potential and enhance your professional status. The Certified Bookkeeper Online Training Program for experienced bookkeepers leads to national certification with the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). The AIPB Certification is a high professional standard for bookkeepers and is the only national standard.

The ability to gain an edge in any job market makes your bookkeeping certification worth it in every way. From bank reconciliation and payroll to various inventory methods, this program to prepare for your bookkeeping certificate online covers everything you need to know in order to sit for the AIPB exam. It was created by the AIPB and is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

If you’re looking for courses near you, consider completing your studies online. Our program was created by the AIPB and will prepare you for the exam at any Prometric Test Center. The cost of the exam is included, as well as a set of six workbooks to help you prepare.

6 Months / 140 Course Hrs
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Certified Bookkeeper

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Certified Bookkeeper Details + Objective

Course Code: GES202

You Will Learn
  • Eligibility requirements, code of ethics, and maintenance requirements.
  • How to apply the concepts of accrual accounting to transactions that span fiscal periods and trace the effect of accrual and deferral transactions.
  • Adjustment of entries.
  • Identification and correction of accounting errors and reconciliation of bank accounts.
  • Book and tax depreciation, including various methods of calculating depreciation for book and tax purposes.
  • Basic payroll, from paying wages to depositing and reporting taxes.
  • How to value inventory, record costs, make entries, and report inventory on financial statements.
  • How to use basic internal controls to prevent theft, embezzlement, or check and credit card fraud by employees, customers, or vendors.
How the course is taught
  • This bookkeeping course includes a set of six workbooks that will help prepare you for each part of the exam.
  • Upon registering, you're given six months to complete the program.
  • Students will have one year (365 days) from the date of enrollment in the Certified Bookkeeper Online Training Program through ed2go to submit the Application for Certified Bookkeeper Designation form to the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
  • The cost of the exam is included with this program.
How you will benefit
  • Upon completion of our bookkeeping program, you'll be prepared to sit for the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers exam.
  • You may take the exam at any Prometric Test Center.
  • The exam fee is included in the cost of the course.
Certified Bookkeeper Outline
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I. Certified Bookkeeper Program
  1. Eligibility Requirements
  2. Testing Program
  3. Code of Ethics
  4. Maintenance of Certification

II. Accruals, Deferrals, and the Adjusted Trial Balance

  1. Why Accruals, Deferrals, and Other Adjustments are Made
  2. Accruing Revenues and Expenses
  3. Recognizing Revenues Collected in Advance
  4. Recognizing Expenses After a Prepayment
  5. Other Adjusted Entries
  6. Unadjusting Trial Balance Through the Adjusted Trial Balance

III. Correction of Accounting Errors and the Bank Reconciliation

  1. When and Where Accounting Errors Occur and How They Are Discovered
  2. Performing the Bank Reconciliation
  3. Finding and Correcting Errors on the Unadjusted Trial Balance
  4. Correcting Current-Period Accrual and Deferral Errors

IV. Payroll

  1. How to Pay Different Types of Employees
  2. Federal and State Wage-Hour Law
  3. Paying Employees Under Federal Law
  4. Employment Records and Payroll Recordkeeping
  5. Form W-4 and Comparable State Forms
  6. Withholding and Depositing Federal Taxes
  7. Federal Employment Reporting Forms and Due Dates
  8. When Wages Become Taxable
  9. Other Reporting Rules
  10. Payroll Register and Journal Entries

V. Depreciation

  1. The Difference Between Book and Tax Depreciation
  2. Depreciation under GAAP
  3. Computing and Allocation Depreciation
  4. Depreciation Under Federal Tax Depreciation Rules
  5. Tax Depreciation of Vehicles

VI. Inventory

  1. General Concepts of Accounting for Inventory
  2. The Perpetual Method
  3. The Periodic Method
  4. Weighted-Average and Moving-Average Methods
  5. First-In, First-Out (FIFO) Method
  6. Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) Method
  7. Lower of Cost or Market LCM Rule

VII. Internal Controls and Fraud Depreciation

  1. How to Prevent or Spot Theft of Inventory and Other Non-cash Assets by Employees
  2. Preventing Employee Theft, Embezzlement, or Fraud by Hiring the Right Personnel
  3. Insuring the Company Against Theft
  4. How to Prevent or Spot Customer Check Fraud
  5. Signs that May Indicate Payroll Fraud
  6. How to Prevent or Spot Customer Credit Card Fraud
  7. Recommended Rules for Company Credit Cards
  8. Preventing Vendors From Cheating the Company
Certified Bookkeeper Instructors
Wade Lindenberger

Wade Lindenberger is a CPA (inactive) with 20 years of financial, accounting, and management experience in public accounting and private industry. He is currently director of the governance, risk, and compliance service line for Q5 Group, Inc. Wade is the author of the Certified Bookkeeper Online Training Program and previously served as an instructor for programs at Coopers & Lybrand and, more recently, at the University of California San Diego. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Bookkeepers Advisory Board, the American Institute of CPAs, and the California Society of CPAs.

Marlissa Phillips

Marlissa Phillips, CPA, MBA, is proprietor of MJ Phillips Company, where she has serviced small businesses in various industries for over 12 years and launched Heart2Heart Services for nonprofit organizations. Her website, www.mjphillipscpa.com, has a host of accounting, tax, and QuickBooks information. Marlissa graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BBA in finance and received an MBA in accounting from DePaul University. Marlissa is a member of the Intuit Accounting Professionals Trainer Network and is an instructor for CPELink.com.

Certified Bookkeeper Requirements / Prerequisites

The Certified Bookkeeper Online Program is designed for experienced bookkeepers who want to prepare for national certification. Although you may sit for the AIPB Certification exam at any time, you must pass the AIPB Certification exam and be able to submit proof of at least two years of full-time or 3,000 hours of part-time experience in order to earn your Certified Bookkeeper designation. Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about requirements for the AIPB Certification exam.

 

This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. This program can be taken on either a PC or a Mac; however, Microsoft Word and Excel are required and are not included in course materials that ship to you. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program. Click Here to download the Acrobat Reader. Click Here to download the Flash Player. The AIPB provides the six workbooks that are required for this program.

More About Certified Bookkeeper

The web-based format of this program will allow you to move at your own pace while learning in the comfort of your own home. The program consists of six separate subject areas:

  • Adjusting entries
  • Correction of accounting errors (including the bank reconciliation)
  • Book and tax depreciation
  • Basic payroll
  • Merchandise inventory
  • Internal controls and fraud prevention

These subject areas correspond to the six parts to the AIPB Certification exam, so you can be sure you’re covering everything you’ll need to become a Certified Bookkeeper. Our comprehensive course was even created by the AIPB.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about requirements for the AIPB Certification exam.

Certified Bookkeeper Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-(855) 534-3690. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

What are the technical requirements for this program?
  • This program is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.
  • It can be taken on either a PC or a Mac; however, Microsoft Word and Excel are required and are not included in course materials that ship to you.
  • Adobe Flash Player (download here).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here).
What is a Certified Bookkeeper?

Certified Bookkeepers meet the high standards of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. The official designation of Certified Bookkeeper from the AIPB allows you to put the initials “CB” after your name, which adds to your market value and professional status.

How do you become a Certified Bookkeeper?

A Certified Bookkeeper has passed the AIPB Certification exam, has at least 2 years of experience in the field, and has signed a Code of Ethics. Whether you are looking to become a bookkeeper or want to expand your skill set, AIPB Certification is a stepping stone to success.

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