Certified Bookkeeper


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 online course will prepare you for certification by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).

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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 and calls bookkeeping 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.

Course Objectives

  • Prepare to take the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) certification exam
  • Apply the concepts of accrual accounting to transactions that span fiscal periods and trace the effect of accrual and deferral transactions
  • Calculate and record depreciation
  • Perform basic payroll and reporting duties
  • Know how to value inventory, record costs, make entries and prepare financial statements
  • Use basic internal controls to prevent theft, embezzlement, or fraud

  • Becoming a certified bookkeeper
  • Accruals, deferrals and the adjusted balance
  • Correcting accounting errors and bank reconciliations
  • Payroll
  • Depreciation
  • Inventory
  • Loss Prevention


  • Wade Lindenberger 
  • Helene K. Liatsos 
Wade Lindenberger is a CPA with over 20 years of accounting and management experience in public accounting and private industry. He is currently Director of Finance and Administration for New Children’s Museum. Before his current position, he worked as the 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 at 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. Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 


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Certified Bookkeeper FAQs


WHAT DOES A BOOKKEEPER DO?Bookkeepers set up, deploy and manage systems that monitor financial records and cash flow. Using reporting tools and systems, bookkeepers can also assist in improving financial status and performance. HAS TECHNOLOGY REPLACED BOOKKEEPERS?While software has replaced the manual entry functions of bookkeeping, the human processing and attention to detail required to interpret data cannot be replicated by software. IS CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT FOR BOOKKEEPERS?Certification in any profession signals to employers, colleagues, and clients that a professional is committed to the highest standards of excellence and ethical conduct. HOW DO I BECOME A CERTIFIED BOOKKEEPER?To earn your AIPB Certified Bookkeeper designation, 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.  IS BOOKKEEPING A GOOD OPTION FOR REMOTE WORK?Because bookkeeping relies heavily on technology and can be done almost entirely using digital tools, it is considered an excellent prospect for remote, contract, and work-at-home career opportunities. ARE BOOKKEEPERS THE SAME AS ACCOUNTANTS?Bookkeepers are responsible for recording financial transactions while accountants analyze and make recommendations based on data. Bookkeeping is a good basis for those pursuing a career in Accounting.