Certified Professional Bookkeepers know that there is so much more to
responsible bookkeeping than simply knowing how to complete one task or
input data. Clients requiring the services of a bookkeeper are entrusting their most
important possession to a stranger; intimate knowledge of their business or
personal finances. Yet, most people have no way of effectively evaluating a bookkeeper. This is why the CPB-Certified
Professional BookkeeperTM designation is so important. The CPB-Certified Professional BookkeeperTM designation
reflects the level of knowledge, education, and skills necessary to carry out
all key functions through the adjusted trial balance, including basic payroll,
for all-sized companies.
In order to take the CPB exam*, bookkeepers must provide us with a letter of reference confirming that they have at least 2 years of recent verifiable bookkeeping
experience and follow the specific
guidelines and requirements.
Click here to register for your exam.
To maintain CPB
certification, you must be an IPBC member in good standing and you must achieve at least 15 continuing
education credits per year or 45 credits over 3 years and adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct. 1 hour of education equals 1 credit! See Maintaining
Certification for more information.
Preparing for the exam
- Knowledge Guide
The CPB Knowledge
e-Guide lists the subject areas covered in the certification exam including
terminology. It also gives you more confidence to write the exam because
you know what to study and what you're expected to know.
The member price for the guide is $49.99, non-member
Members must be signed into their account to get the IPBC member pricing.
Use of Certification
CPB-Certified Professional BookkeeperTM designation is
optional, and the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada confers such
certification solely for the purposes stated here. Those persons or
organizations that choose to include the CPB-Certified Professional BookkeeperTM designation
as a condition of employment or advancement do so of their own volition. Such
persons or organizations must determine for themselves whether the use of such
a certification process, including its eligibility and re-certification
requirements, either alone or coupled with any other requirements imposed by
such persons or entities, meets their respective needs and complies with any
laws applicable to them.
* Promotion exams/offers must be completed within 6 months of joining the IPBC.