Because most bookkeepers learned on the job, AIPB offers a substantial amount of continuing education in the form of self-study courses.
That means that the bookkeeper who graduated with a four-year accounting degree cannot distinguish herself (85 percent of AIPB members are women) from the receptionist who started paying bills when the bookkeeper quit.
In 1997, AIPB began the Certified Bookkeeper program, a national certification for bookkeepers.
For years they have been charging $39 for an annual membership in AIPB but recently increased that to $47.
CPAs who work with professional bookkeepers will be interested in learning about the AIPB and the resources that can help bookkeepers improve their professional skills and recognition.
The AIPB certification program for professional bookkeepers includes an experience requirement, a national examination, and a code of ethics.
Employers can search resumes and bookkeepers can search job listings without registration or AIPB membership.