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CPBTM Exam Guidelines

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Only IPBC members in good standing with at least 2 years of verifiable bookkeeping experience qualify to take the CPBTM exam.

IPBC Members who HAVE NOT taken the CPBTM exam and who would like to become CPBTM Certified must register on the IPBC website at least 5 business days prior to your exam date.  The $225 exam registration fee includes a download of the new Exam Prep Guide. Members must be signed into the IPBC website to complete the exam registration process. 

Your on-line exam registration serves as your confirmation and agreement to abide by the CPBTM Exam Guidelines & Terms and Conditions, as outlined below.


                                                 CPBTM Exam Terms & Conditions

After registering for your exam on the IPBC website you may schedule your 2 hour exam appointment at either an Academy of Learning Center or a Certified Accountant's office, as long as they are not your employer. To find an Academy of Learning Center in your area, Click Here

Invigilation fees are paid directly to the location where you take the exam and be paid to your facilitator prior to the exam. The Academy of Learning charges IPBC Member's $40 - $60 for this service.

You should arrive at the exam location at least 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time.

You MUST bring photo ID to the exam; the facilitator will e-mail or fax a copy of your ID to the IPBC before you start your exam. E-mail or fax (604) 637-9615

Once you have confirmed your exam appointment with your invigilator, e-mail the IPBC Exam Coordinator the date and time of your exam and include the Company name, address of the invigilator and include the facilitators name and e-mail address. The IPBC needs at least five business days to set up your exam with your invigilator.

Prior to your exam date, fax/e-mail your letter of reference to (604) 637-9615 or e-mail Exam Coordinator. The letter must be on Company letterhead and state that you have at least 2 years of bookkeeping experience and include a brief description of your bookkeeping duties.

After the IPBC receives the signed invigilation papers from your facilitator and your letter of reference the Exam Coordinator will confirm your exam appointment with you via e-mail.

On the day of your exam, the invigilator will set you up on their office computer and load the exam webpage provided to them by the IPBC and they are responsible to oversee your exam during the 2 hour time limit. You will be required to sign into the IPBC website to start the exam.

No cell phones, hand bags, purses etc. are permitted in your possession during the exam. Only a calculator and pen and paper will be allowed into the exam. Any papers brought into the exam must be left behind; you cannot take notes away with you.

The CPBTM exams are copyright protected and are the property of the IPBC, any attempt to copy, transfer or share any part of the exam will result in legal action and expulsion from the organization.

Cheating is a violation of our code of ethics and if you are caught using any device to assist in the exam including access to the internet will automatically result in a fail and suspension of your membership pending an investigation from our ethics committee.

The passing grade is 75% or 56 correct answers out of 75. You will see your exam results on the monitor within minutes of submitting your answers. The IPBC does not provide the questions and/or answers you answered correct or incorrect on the exam, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of your mark.

Upon successfully passing the exam you will receive your CPBTM certificate within four - six weeks and will be entitled to use the CPB logo representing your CPBTM - Certified Professional Bookkeeper certification that can be downloaded from the CPBTM library.

In the event you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you must wait at least 30 days before scheduling your retake exam and pay the $175 exam registration fee.  In the event you do not pass the exam on your second attempt, there is a 90 day waiting period.

We wish you all the best as you prepare to become a Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPBTM ).

 The IPBC is dedicated to developing greater educational excellence, career opportunities,
and recognition for the bookkeeping profession across Canada.





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