Earn bookkeeper certification online
Bookkeeping forms the backbone of every organization's need to carefully account for its financial activities. It accounts for sales, purchases and payments that flow through an entity. Bookkeepers are crucial to every organization, and certified bookkeepers are the elite of their profession. This 100% online course will prepare you for certification by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).
Job outlook for bookkeepers
According to PayScale.com, bookkeepers earn on average $17.37 per hour. Top bookkeepers’ earnings exceed $56,900.
CareerBuilder.com cites bookkeeping skills as highly transferable to financial supervisory, analysis or managerial roles. The site calls bookkeeper an "ideal choice" for those who are motivated to keep organizations on track with regard to their finances.
Technology is highly relevant to the bookkeeper's role. Mastery of bookkeeping software applications is the key to matching bookkeeping skills with expanding requirements for analysis, visual data presentation and reporting that provides value-added to the traditional bookkeeper's duties.
Certified bookkeeper FAQs
- Prepare to take and pass the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) certification exam
- Understand eligibility requirements, code of ethics and maintenance requirements for bookkeeper certification
- Apply the concepts of accrual accounting to transactions that span fiscal periods and trace the effect of accrual and deferral transactions
- Record book and tax depreciation, using various methods of calculating depreciation
- Perform basic payroll duties, including paying wages, handling payroll deposits and reporting taxes
- Know how to value inventory, record costs, make entries and report inventory on financial statements
- Use basic internal controls to prevent theft, embezzlement or check and credit card fraud by employees, customers or vendors
This course is designed for experienced bookkeepers with at least two years of work experience in bookkeeping or accounting.
- Becoming a Certified Bookkeeper – Eligibility requirements, code of ethics and certification maintenance
- Accruals, Deferrals and the Adjusted Trial Balance – Why accruals, deferrals and other adjustments are made; recognizing revenues collected in advance and expenses after a prepayment
- Correction of Accounting Errors and the Bank Reconciliation – When and where accounting errors occur and how they are discovered; finding and correcting errors on the unadjusted trial balance
- Payroll – How to pay different types of employees; federal and state wage-hour law
- Depreciation – The difference between book and tax depreciation; depreciation under GAAP
- Inventory – General concepts of accounting for inventory; the perpetual, periodic, FIFO and LIFO methods
- Internal Controls and Fraud Depreciation – How to prevent or spot theft of inventory and other non-cash assets by employees; preventing employee theft, embezzlement or fraud by hiring the right personnel
Wade Lindenberger is a CPA with more than 20 years of financial accounting and management experience in public accounting and private industry. He is currently director of finance and administration for New Children's Museum. He previously was national finance and accounting service line leader for Premier Alliance Group, a national professional services firm. Wade was also director of the finance and accounting service line for the San Diego office of a global, publicly held professional services firm. He has previously served as an instructor for courses at Coopers & Lybrand and at the University of California, San Diego for the extension course and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Business.
Helene K. Liatsos is a business advisor and QuickBooks Certified Advisor with more than 25 years of experience. She consults for a range of companies, from travel agencies to startups. Her company, Home Office Management Experts, was awarded the 2004 Home-Based Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Registration and enrollment
This course is 100% online, so you can start anytime.