CBA & UAC

CBALOGOaffiliatemember-gifUniversal Accounting® has joined the Canadian Bookkeepers Association (CBA) as an associate member to make bookkeeping and accounting training more accessible to Canadian residents. Through the membership, CBA members will receive exclusive discounts on Universal products, including the Professional Bookkeeper™ and Universal Practiced Builder programs.

The affiliate membership will allow Universal to provide educational resources for the association including an extensive educational library, offering comprehensive resources to bookkeepers.

“We are honored to be apart of the CBA.  Both our Canadian students and current CBA members will benefit from Universal’s membership and we feel that they will be gaining a tremendous professional resource,” said Allen Bostrom, CPA, former president of Universal Accounting.

Bookkeeping Express & UAC

Together with Universal Accounting Center℠’s, UAC,  renowned educational programs, BookKeeping Express’, BKE, enhanced training will focus on building a better bookkeeping business, marketing, business development, and providing a master coaching program to guide franchisees through the development of their business.

Bookkeeping Express & UAC“With our additional training services and partnership with the Universal Accounting Center℠, BookKeeping Express plans to help small businesses grow even more efficiently,” said Greg Jones, Chief Executive Officer of BookKeeping Express. “In return, we hope to continue on the fast track of franchise growth by offering proficient bookkeeping services across the country.”

With the enhanced training, BookKeeping Express will continue to emphasize its commitment to franchisee support with the Franchise Development Program. Each franchisee is assigned an individual coach to provide them with a step-by-step process to ensure business success.

Bookkeeping Express & UAC, Roger Knecht“Working to help market successful accounting and bookkeeping services is what we specialize in and this is what we expect to accomplish as we work with BKE franchisee’s” said Roger Knecht, President of UAC.

“It has been a pleasure working with UAC. It was quite insightful, I learned several techniques that are very helpful on managing the customers pipeline for great results.

Originally I saw the training as one of the benefits of being part of the BookKeeping Express franchise, but quite soon the value of the coaching became evident… During the coaching sessions I could see my confidence growing to speak to everyone about BookKeeping Express, it’s value to their business… At this point, I believe that we have a solid repeatable and scalable process to fill-in the pipeline and follow-through and I have the confidence to present myself and BookKeeping Express into any networking of sales situation…

Thank you for the support and the patience, keeping me accountable for the progress is definitively one the greatest benefits that I see from the program to jump start my business.

Sincerely,

Rodolfo Palafox
BookKeeping Express Cambridge

IPBC & UAC

Universal Accounting Partners with the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers™ of Canada provides relevant and affordable products that continually improve the bookkeeping industry in Canada. (IPBC)

Institute of Professional Bookkeepers™ of Canada (IPBC)IPBC provides relevant and affordable products and services that continually improve the bookkeeping industry in Canada. They ensure that members have the environment, knowledge, and resources necessary to develop excellence in this field. Universal is helping them advance this mission by offering enhanced training to IPBC members.

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 6 month membership with our organization, free of charge.”

Universal AccountingIPBC strives to achieve public awareness for the CPB-Certified Professional Bookkeepers™ of Canada. This new partnership allows IPBC members to register for Universal’s online training at a 15% enrollment discount, enabling them to take advantage of many courses designed to help financial professionals achieve and maintain successful accounting and bookkeeping careers.

Roger Knecht, Universal’s PresidentRoger 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.”

Your Universal Accounting program comes with a 6 month IPBC membership. The Institute of Professional Bookkeepers is a perfect compliment to your program and you can discover what the association can do for your career. For more information on the Universal Accounting and IPBC program please click http://www.ipbc.ca/link.asp?ymlink=3668930

“The partnership between the IPBC and UAC could not be any better. We have been introduced to UAC members across Canada who have become excellent additions to our membership base. At the IPBC, I receive calls almost weekly from members and non-members on recommending an online accounting program. Due to the positive feedback we have received over the last several years, I have confidence referring the UAC program.  I have even had non-members contact me back after enrolling in a UAC program and thanked me for referring them.  It is great to see a non-member enrol in UAC and then come back later and join the IPBC. See you at the next conference!” – John Zottola

Become a Bookkeeper with IPBC in CanadaBecome a “Bookkeeper” with IPBC in Canada

Each Canadian students enrolled with Universal Accounting Center in the Professional Bookkeeper Certification program comes with a 6 month Bookkeeper membership with the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers in Canada. 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.”

Universal Accounting Certification Register for our National CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL BOOKKEEPER exam. To qualify to take the exam and become a Certified Professional Bookkeeper – CPB you must have at least 2 years of bookkeeping experience.

Universal Accounting School WebinarsVisit the Meeting & Events page and register for our online WEBINARS.  Excellent industry speakers who will keep you current on taxes, regulations, and accounting practices and many other bookkeeping topics and products.

Universal Accounting School ForumsThe ONLINE FORUMS and REGIONAL MEETINGS are a great resource for you to network and to get answers to your questions from fellow members on bookkeeping, tax, service and products.

Your membership gives you access to numerous Corporate Sponsors who provide IPBC members products and services at preferred pricing, including exceptional E & O INSURANCE RATES.

Your IPBC Membership gives you access to our exclusive logo’s, professional engagement letters and other tools to help you with your bookkeeping practice.

These are just a few member benefits.

Best regards,

John Zottola
IPBC Member Support

UAC and AASBC Announce Joint Promotion Alliance

The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants® and Universal Accounting® Announce Joint Promotion Alliance.

aasbc_logo2-930x581Austin, TX, – August 18, 2015. – The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants® (AASBC) and Universal Accounting® Center (UAC) have agreed to jointly promote each other’s products and services for the benefit of AASBC members and UAC’s students and graduates.

The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants is the only international association specializing in training and certification of small business and SME consultants. Their proprietary educational materials and practice aides are specifically designed to develop proficiency in this specialized area of business consulting.

The AASBC awards the designations of Accredited Small Business Consultant™ and Master Accredited Small Business Consultant™ to individuals who demonstrate mastery in small business consulting through examination and experience.

Universal Accounting works with accounting, bookkeeping and tax professionals throughout the United States and Canada to start and grow their own successful practices serving the unique needs of small business. UAC delivers innovative certification programs in accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation designed to help individuals and companies acquire skills that are necessary to become successful in today’s marketplace.

UAC awards the designations of Professional Bookkeeper™, Professional Tax Preparer™, and QuickBooks Specialist™ to individuals who have successfully completed their certification courses.

The AASBC and UAC have a common understanding on how their products and services are a great complement to each other. Dr. Richard Weinberger, CEO of the AASBC states, “Although our members are well-versed in all aspects of small business consulting and the essential elements that are needed to improve operational efficiency and maximize profit, the financial products offered by Universal Accounting can be a great enhancement to the core competencies already possessed by our members.”

Become an ASBC MemeClay Neves, Vice President Business Development for Universal Accounting Center likewise states, “We are very excited about offering another level of certification to our students – Accredited Small Business Consultant – to enhance the prestige of our other certifications. We advocate that our graduates do more than just prepare financial statements and tax returns to report the past as they work with clients, but also help shape their future based on what their reports are telling them. AASBC training and certifications will greatly enhance this ability. ”

Business owners need professional assistance from those who have expertise in specialized fields to help them navigate through the various complex obstacles encountered daily in the competitive world of small to medium-sized enterprises. Professionals who are trained by the AASBC and UAC have an edge over competitors with their specific business knowledge.

The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants and Universal Accounting Announce Joint Promotion

For more information about the AASBC or UAC, please visit https://www.aasbc.com or https://universalaccountingschool.com.

Contact information:

Dr. Richard Weinberger, Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants, 512-327-4900

Mr. Clay Neves, Universal Accounting Center, 801-506-7462

ICB USA Memberships for UAC Alumni

BusinessCard-PB-PTP-QS-WAs students of Universal Accounting Center it is obvious you are serious about your career in accounting. Although each of us is unique with various goals professionally we see value in continue education. Which also can be membership within an organization or association.

When we enroll in a school and take various classes to improve our skills and certify our abilities there is a finality to the training once we pass the corresponding final exam. At Universal we are proud to say that for our students we also offer extended support but there is also value in taking the next step and joining an association or organization.

“Given the number of responsibilities that you juggle on a daily basis, joining a professional organization may not be one of your top priorities.” – Robert Half

For some a membership offers the ability to give back and help others in the profession. Each of us have backgrounds that bring perspectives that others can benefit from. Joining a group allows us to share and make a positive difference in the lives of others also pursuing the same career.

Others still have much to learn and joining a professional organization can be that next step to help them excel in their career. Consider this list of common benefits that can be found in an association:

  • Opportunity to give back and help others
  • Mentoring, following the proven paths that others have taken
  • Professional Development that come from topical newsletters, publications, conferences etc.
  • Industry Advancement as one is made aware of best practices and standards as well as new developments
  • Networking, a chance to find and build relationships with the movers and shakers within the profession
  • Membership Access which can give a professional the needed insights to the trends and changes happening within the profession.
  • Discounted rate, often a perk for membership

“An association is a synergistic group, meaning that the effect of a collection of people is greater than just one person.” – Kelly A Cherwin, Communications Editor, HigherEdJobs

ICB USA logo colFor this reason Universal Accounting Center (UAC), an accounting school for small business professionals announced their partnership with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) as they launch their association in the United States.

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, former CEO of ICBUSA

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is the largest bookkeeping institute in the world with students and members in 110 countries and offers the kinship of the world’s most engaged bookkeeper community. It promotes and maintains the standards of bookkeeping as a profession through the establishment of relevant qualifications and the award of grades of membership that recognize academic attainment, working experience and competence.

  • Listen to this recent Successful Bookkeeper podcast interview with Louie Prosperi, who is the current CEO of ICB USA, shares a way to help you get a firm plan in place.  In it he shares that it’s through The Proactive Business Model which is a program that ensures bookkeepers are consistently valuable to their clients and are running their businesses more efficiently.

Roger K“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.

Here is what ICB USA is offering its members:

Student Level

  • Student: $121.50 per year
  • Plus a one-time application fee of $25

Online Bookkeepers forumhttp://www.icbusa.org/Forum – meet other bookkeepers on ICB’s own forum to give and receive advice on training, technical information and business, or just for a chat!

Job Application Advice – in the member’s only section of the website, get advice on writing a resume, interview tips, and more.

Legislation update and newsletter – regular articles from ICB and its partners covering industry updates, careers, and bookkeeping tips.

Business start-up guide (coming soon) – guide on how to set up a successful bookkeeping business and what to expect. The bookkeeping guide is not training, it just lists the things a future bookkeeping entrepreneur needs to think about before setting up.

CPE resources (coming soon) – educational and training resources from ICB’s partners. Online CPE logging tool also available in member portal.

Local Networking and training events (coming soon)

Membership card

Discounts to attend the annual Bookkeepers Summit

Software discounts (coming soon) – from ICB software partners

ICBenefits– a discounts scheme for everyday and luxury items- save more than the cost of your membership every year! Includes Walmart, Best Buy, Groupon, T-Mobile, American Airlines, Apple, Verizon, and hundreds more!

Additional membership resources

  • Professional letters- designatory letters after your name
  • ICB certificate
  • ICB web access for technical support – technical documents in members only section
  • Job search features – members only- view job listings in your local area
  • Technical advice line
  • Legal advice
  • Discounts on software apps and app integration advice

Associate – Level I Certificate in Bookkeeping

  • Occupational Role: Assistant Bookkeeper
  • Associate Membership: $511 per year
    • Plus a one-time application fee of $75
    • Because of the partnership between UAC and ICB USA all UAC students received a discount upon enrolling. Be sure to ask the UAC enrollment representative for details. 800-343-4827 or https://universalaccountingschool.com/contact-us/

Member – Level II Certificate in Bookkeeping and Financial Statements

  • Occupational Role: Self Employed Bookkeeper/Employed Bookkeeper
  • Member: $558 per year

Fellow – Level III Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping and Financial Statements

  • Occupational Role: self-employed bookkeeper / senior employed bookkeeper
  • Fellow: $395 per year

For more than thirty-six years Universal Accounting Center has offered premier training to professionals wanting to provide financial services to small businesses.  UAC training helps students develop not only crucial financial skills but also the marketing know-how to help promote those services.  Skills are taught through a patented home-study course that is available online, allowing students to learn at their own pace.

More information about Universal can be found by calling 1-800-343-4827 or visiting www.universalaccountingschool.com.

For further information about ICBUSA, call Jan Haugo on 1-310-917-1044 or visit the ICBUSA website at www.icbusa.org

* See recent UAC & ICB press release

Become a Member with ICBUSABecome 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 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.

ICB USA is creating a community of professional bookkeepersICBUSA 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.

IPBC and UAC agree that bookkeeping is more than a job or career but a profession

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