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Maintaining CPB Certification

Upon successfully passing the CPBTM exam, Certified Professional Bookkeepers are required to maintain our high standards through continuing professional education. They must acquire 20 (CECs) each year based on the anniversary date of the last CPBTM certification exam passed.

It is Mandatory to record the courses/classes that you attend, and upload documentation for the credits you are claiming, into your IPBC Member Profile (under the Professional Development section). Should you be audited, you will need to prove the number of hours of Continuing Education Credits you are claiming for each year. Credits may be earned through various options, including:  a local college course, seminars, webinars, conferences, or one of the many IPBC sponsors sessions. (see list of CEC examples)

For instructions on how to maintain your CEC’s in your member profile view:
CE Credit Journal Entry Instructions

Unsure if a course qualifies for CE credit?  Submit a  CE Request Form  to or fax to (604)637-9615.

Failure to meet CEC requirements may result in the loss of your CPBTM certification and only
CPB’s in good standing
are permitted use of the exclusive CPBTM logo.

For more information, click this link to obtain a pdf file on Continuing Education Credits

IPBC Policy - Reinstating your CPBTM Certification for non-payment of Membership dues.


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