Become a Bookkeeper

You will learn how to become a bookkeeper, including: what a bookkeeper does and how to provide bookkeeping services, how to develop your skills to succeed in a bookkeeping career, how to get hired for a job as a bookkeeper, and how to start your own bookkeeping business and get clients.

What Happens in the Bookkeeper Certificate Course

The Bookkeeper Certificate Course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Bookkeeper). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Bookkeeper Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Bookkeeper Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The Bookkeeper Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Bookkeeper Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

Introduction to Bookkeeping

  • What is a Bookkeeper?
  • Why Bookkeepers are Always In Demand
  • Key Differences Between Bookkeepers and Accountants
  • Benefits of Being a Bookkeeper

What a Bookkeeper Does

  • Bookkeeping Specializations
  • Bookkeeping Methods
  • Bookkeeping Systems and Tools
  • Organizing Documentation
  • Recording Transactions
  • Analyzing and Reporting on Accounts
  • Preparing Key Financial Statements
  • Tax Preparation
  • Payroll Processing
  • Bookkeeping In Person and Online

Getting Ready

  • Essential Skills for Bookkeepers
  • Ways to Learn Bookkeeping
  • How to Get Bookkeeping Experience

Getting Hired

  • Who Hires Bookkeepers
  • How to Find Job Openings
  • How to Find Virtual and Freelance Opportunities
  • Preparing a Winning Resume and Cover Letter
  • Job Interviews
  • The Job Offer

Starting a Bookkeeping Business

  • Creating a Business Plan
  • Legal and Financial Matters
  • Setting Fees and Getting Paid
  • Employing Others

Marketing Your Services

  • Choosing Your Target Markets
  • Marketing Tools
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Community Outreach

Getting Clients

  • Selling Your Services
  • Meeting with a Prospective Client
  • How to Do a Client Consultation
  • Client Contracts

What Is Included in the Bookkeeper Certificate Course Online

This all-inclusive Bookkeeper Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Bookkeeper Certificate Course Online
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in IAPO International Association of Professional Bookkeepers for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Bookkeeper Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Bookkeeper (e-book edition)

Register for the Bookkeeper Certificate Course

$149.00
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You can have all this for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other programs. (We found courses based on old editions of our guides with registration fees of up to $999 and more.) We are able to offer you online courses at a significantly lower cost to you because of our expertise from over 20 years of producing the leading online guides for non-traditional careers.

Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

SPRING SPECIAL: This all-inclusive registration package for the Bookkeeper Certificate Course is priced as only $149.00 for the April 22, 2024 course.

Register today for the Bookkeeper Certificate Course. Enrollment is limited and registration is on a first come first served basis, so we recommend that you register early for the Bookkeeper Certificate Course online to avoid disappointment.

If the course is full, please email support@iapcollege.com to be notified when a new course date is scheduled.

To ensure your complete satisfaction all certificate courses are backed by our full 100% money back guarantee.

About a Career as a Bookkeeper

As a bookkeeper, you will have a career that is rewarding intellectually as well as professionally. Many bookkeepers feel secure knowing they have a career that will always be in demand.

Bookkeeping was among the top 20 careers in the 2021 U.S. News Best Jobs Report, recognized for the low stress levels associated with the job as well as the excellent work-life balance that many bookkeepers have.

The flexibility of a bookkeeping career is something many bookkeepers appreciate most about the job. As a bookkeeper, you will have opportunities to work remotely, on staff for an organization, or for yourself as a freelancer or bookkeeping business owner.

If you start your own bookkeeping business, you can choose to provide bookkeeping services yourself, employ workers to provide bookkeeping services, or do both.

You might choose to work with a variety of clients or specialize in bookkeeping for specific types of clients such as legal, medical, real estate, restaurant, retail, not-for-profit, small businesses, or large corporations.

My experience with IAP Career College was exceptional! I loved how the courses get right to the main points and you learn so much in a short period of time.
Kari Miller, Ohsweken, Ontario

Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

Established online in 1999, the parent company of IAP Career College (known as FabJob) is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and respected news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

We invite you to learn more about the online certificate courses we offer you by visiting our Certificate Courses page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions to help you decide whether an online certificate course from the International Association of Professions Career College is right for you.

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  • How Much Does a Bookkeeper Make?
    As a bookkeeper, your income is determined by a number of factors, including: your experience, location, specialization, and how much revenue your bookkeeping services generate if you own your own bookkeeping business. According to data from PayScale, the average income for a small business owner in the United States is $73,000 - however this can range up to $182,000 or more.
  • What Does a Bookkeeper Do?
    As a bookkeeper, you will have a career that is rewarding intellectually as well as professionally. You will have opportunities to work remotely, on staff for an organization, or for yourself as a freelancer or bookkeeping business owner. You might choose to work with a variety of clients or specialize in bookkeeping for specific types of clients such as legal, medical, real estate, restaurant, retail, not-for-profit, small businesses, or large corporations. Bookkeeping was among the top 20 careers in the 2021 U.S. News Best Jobs Report, recognized for the low stress levels associated with the job as well as the excellent work-life balance that many bookkeepers have.
  • How Do You Become a Bookkeeper?
    Earning a certificate as a bookkeeper will equip you with the principles and techniques for becoming a professional bookkeeper. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • What is the Bookkeeper Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Bookkeeper Certificate Course you will earn certification as a bookkeeper and learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional bookkeeper. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.