Professional Bookkeeper™ Certification

Get The Skills To Be A Bookkeeping & Accounting Professional

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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.

business-womanIf 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 BookkeeperTM Certification?

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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)

Getting Certified

PB CertificateThe Professional Bookkeeper Program offers three learning modules: (Click on each module for details)

  1. Accounting Made Easy: Fundamental principles of accounting for small business
  2. Practical Small Business Application: Learn the day-to-day procedures used by businesses each month to record and tabulate their financial events
  3. 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.”
—Philip Luflair

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.

Career Options

This course prepares you for possible employment in the following occupations:

  • Accountant Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk
  • General Ledger Bookkeeper
  • Office Manager
  • Accountant
  • Controller
  • Full-charge Bookkeeper
  • Internal Auditor
  • General Ledger Accountant

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USABecome a “Member” with ICBUSA

ICB Membership with UACUpon 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 begins as a “Student” and then may progress and become an “Affiliate”, “Associate” ultimately to become 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”.
  • Pass the final exam of the Professional Bookkeeper program with >70% and you are eligible to become a registered with ICBUSA as a “Member”.

ICB_USA_Logo_ColourICBUSA 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.

CanadaBecome 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.

IPBC logo 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 KRoger 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.”

BusinessCard-PBThousands 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.

Our Guarantee

ironclad-guaranteeWe’re so confident in our programs and their ability to provide the instruction, hands-on application and on-going professional guidance it takes to help you succeed, we guarantee it.

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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