Get The Skills To Be A Bookkeeping & Accounting Professional
Many professions use designations and certifications to identify their areas of expertise. In the medical field, there are pediatricians, dermatologists, surgeons, and many more who can claim an area in which they specialize, providing quality service while doing something that they love.
In accounting, the Professional Bookkeeper™ designation represents a person who is proficient in the day-to-day practical application of the accounting process in small to mid-sized businesses. This demonstrates the accountant’s expertise and commitment in this profession while providing quality service for their employer or client.
If you’re looking to become a bookkeeping professional who specializes in small-to-midsized businesses, or you’re interested in earning the credentials it takes to advance in your current career, you owe it to yourself to check out Professional Bookkeeper Certification.
The Professional Bookkeeper Certification Program was created to meet the high industry demand for qualified small business bookkeeping and accounting professionals.
Upon completion of this program, qualified students receive the PB designation. This designation shows potential employers and clients that you are fully qualified to take care of small business accounting and bookkeeping needs from “A to Z”.
Why Get Professional Bookkeeper Certification?
The PB designation will allow you to do the following:
✓ Demonstrate you have proven skills in bookkeeping and accounting
✓ Advance your career and potentially increase your wages/earnings helping you get paid what you are worth
✓ Place “PB” after your name, distinguishing you from other bookkeepers
✓ Raise your value to your company, employer or clients
✓ Practical real-life hands-on emphasis with training in multiple industries using video instruction that you can do at your own pace (very flexible)
✓ Professional Support (academic and practical)
- Accounting Made Easy: Fundamental principles of accounting for small business
- Practical Small Business Application: Learn the day-to-day procedures used by businesses each month to record and tabulate their financial events
- Advanced Accounting: Train in the more sophisticated issues associated with creating a set of books from scratch, auditing the results internally, and closing out the books at the end of the year
After completing the three modules, you’ll feel confident and fully prepared to take the multiple-choice Professional Bookkeeper™ exam. The Professional Bookkeeper program may also qualify for as many as 60 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits depending on the state or association you are a member of.
Convenient At-Home Learning
This program is delivered through easy-to-follow instructional DVD’s (12+) and workbooks (over 600 pages of instruction and reference materials). You have the flexibility to complete the courses on your own time, in a way that fits your life. You may be training from the comfort of home, but you’re far from on your own. You’ll have access to the support of knowledgeable CPA’s and other experienced accounting professionals throughout your course and beyond. (You’ll be assigned to a team of coaches to tutor and instruct you as needed and apply all of this in the real world for as many as 1 to 2 years – Your UAC Coaches)
“I was amazed how practical this course was, and surprised how much I learned. Having an accounting degree and over 17 years experience in accounting, I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know. This is well worth the time and money, and you will be benefited from this class for years to come.”
In addition to practical, full-charge accounting skills and bookkeeping certification, as a student in this program you’ll gain the knowledge to launch and develop a career that potentially pays you higher earnings.
Job Placement Assistance Program (PB, QS and PTP Programs)
As a student and or graduate of Universal Accounting’s Professional Bookkeeper program a buyer may be assisted with:
- Resume Preparation – Assistance via email in the review and development of a resume for the purpose of securing interviews
- Resume Placement Assistance – Helping to identify possible employers and accounting related positions by following a weekly routine
- Interviewing Technique Review – Role play advice and suggestions to improve the success of interviewing opportunities.
This course prepares you for possible employment in the following occupations:
“Without the right skills, your accounting career isn’t going to go very far — even if you have the right connections, a perfectly polished resume, and an eloquent elevator pitch. For many roles, accounting certifications matter, while some positions require other types of training. When you work in the finance and accounting industry, you hear a lot of talk about different financial certifications. You see those three and four letter designations in ads for job openings, hear them in interviews, and perhaps even see them suggested as growth goals on your performance review. But you also know from talking with your colleagues that financial certifications require a big investment, both in time and money. Studying and sitting for some exams can take between one and two years. And when you add up the money you spend on review courses and study guides, along with the exam fees, you’re looking at $1,000, at minimum, and up to $3,000 or more. According to the latest Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance from Robert Half, in-demand credentials can add 5 to 15 percent to the overall pay for finance and accounting professionals — who have an average starting salary, by the way, that’s expected to rise 3.7 percent in 2017.”
“Accounting and finance professionals are in high demand, thanks to the steadily rebounding economy. Still, it’s the advanced certifications you earn that will help you secure the position and compensation you want. When you take the time to invest in professional development and certifications, it makes your resume stand out and sends a message to employers that you’re dedicated to your career and motivated to advance by enhancing your skills and knowledge.” by Robert Half Finance & Accounting (Below a page from the RHI 2017 Salary Guide)
Become a “Member” with ICBUSA
Upon enrollment with Universal Accounting in the Professional Bookkeeper (PB) program & the Professional Bookkeepers Guide to QuickBooks – The QuickBooks Specialist (QS) program, each student is also registered with The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers USA (ICBUSA). Each UAC begins as a “Student” and then may progress and become an “Affiliate” upon completion of the QuickBooks Specialist program. For an additional fee each student may then advance to become an “Associate” and then ultimately a “Member”. This is a tremendous opportunity for every bookkeeper as they excel in their career. Each student is encouraged to take advantage of the related ICBUSA benefits once they are registered.
- Enrolling in and passing the first module of the Professional Bookkeeper program you are eligible to become registered with ICBUSA as an “Associate” for an additional fee.
- Pass the final exam of the Professional Bookkeeper program with >70% and you are eligible to become registered with ICBUSA as a “Member” for an additional fee.
“ICBUSA is creating a community of professional bookkeepers who can demonstrate the highest standard of bookkeeping skills and knowledge but who are also passionate about maintaining ethical and professional values. I believe that ICBUSA’s certification will further strengthen UAC’s standing in the profession and I look forward to working very closely with Roger and the UAC team to ensure that our new partnership opens up bookkeeping as a profession to an even wider market”. – Jan Haugo, CEO of ICBUSA
“Within the US there is a need for a bookkeeping community that helps bookkeepers rise to a new level of professionalism and gain respect within the accounting line of work and ICB is the organization to do just that” said Roger Knecht, president of UAC.
Become a “Bookkeeper” with IPBC in Canada
Each Canadian students enrolled with Universal Accounting Center in the Professional Bookkeeper program comes with a 6 month Bookkeeper membership with the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers in Canada.
Louie Prosperi, IPBC Executive Director explains how this partnership “…allows our members to have access to high-quality training and education with an affordable rate, including our discount. Also, non-members residing in Canada can enroll in a Universal course and receive a one-year membership with our organization, free of charge.”
Roger Knecht, Universal’s President says, “IPBC and UAC agree that bookkeeping is more than a job or career but a profession that needs to be recognized as such. With proper training, support and experience, bookkeepers can have a profitable impact in any business.”
Thousands of students have successfully completed our program and enjoyed great success, either in their professional careers or in the establishment of their own accounting practices. We are confident that this program will satisfy your desire to master small-business accounting and take control of your professional future.
Completion of the Professional Bookkeeper™ program is your first step to accelerating your Accounting and Bookkeeping career where you can also learn what you need to know in order to take on a few clients on the side for $400 per month each, if you so desire. (Module 4 to the PB program – Building a Successful Accounting practice) Getting a promotion and a raise that goes with it could pay for the entire course in the first month or two.
If a lack of certification has held your career back, you now have the way to quickly get your career off the ground and take control of your financial future.
We will customize a program for you based on your career goals, experience level, and budget. Go from learning to earning in a matter of weeks.
If, after completing the course, you feel the course didn’t live up to your expectation, simply return the materials to Universal, for a 100% refund of any monies paid.
Is Professional Bookkeeper™ Certification Right For You?
If you’re interested in learning more about Professional Bookkeeper™ Certification and exploring whether Universal Accounting®’s at-home learning model is right for you, fill out the form on this page.
A friendly and knowledgeable UAC advisor would be happy to help you explore your options and uncover the right training solution and business plan to suit you.
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