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
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
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.
DOES THE BOOKKEEPER ROLE INVOLVE?
Bookkeepers serve on the front lines of a person,
company or organization's financial health. Strong
bookkeepers set up, deploy and manage systems that
record the flow of funds into and out of an entity's
coffers. Using reporting tools and systems, bookkeepers
help individuals and operational managers stay aware
of and improve an entity's financial status and performance.
TECHNOLOGY REPLACED BOOKKEEPERS?
Technology has had a huge impact on the bookkeeping
field. However, the bookkeeper's underlying organizational
skills and precise attention to detail are as valuable
as ever to their employers and clients. Programs like
QuickBooks® or Microsoft Excel® have widely
replaced the manual entry functions of traditional
bookkeeping. However, the organization, reporting,
and use of financial data still rely heavily on human
input and processing.
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 accountability.
Certified bookkeepers meet the AIPB’s highest
standards for financial accounting, business practices
and ethical conduct.
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.
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.
Prepare to take and pass the
American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB)
Understand eligibility requirements,
code of ethics, and maintenance requirements for bookkeeper
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
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
Eligibility requirements, code of ethics and certification
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
How to pay different types of employees; federal and
state wage-hour law
The difference between book and tax depreciation;
depreciation under GAAP
General concepts of accounting for inventory; the
perpetual, periodic, FIFO and LIFO methods
INTERNAL CONTROLS AND
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 over 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.
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
Helene K. Liatsos
Helene K. Liatsos is 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
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