Sahlein said that AIPB's focus is the bookkeepers at companies with fewer than 100 employees.
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.
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.
The test contains 10 questions on journal entries, adjusting entries, bank reconciliation, error correction, and other key bookkeeping and accounting skills, AIPB
Co-President Stephen Sahlein says, and optional sections are available on payroll, depreciation, and merchandise inventory.
Posted on AIPB's Web site--www.aipb .org--the notice that a free test is available by request attracted 500 orders even before the association had announced the offer in an official press release, according to Steve Sahlein, AIPB co-president.
AIPB will customize news releases about the hiring test for interested associations.