In 1998, the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) set the first and only national standard in advanced bookkeeping:
The Certified Bookkeeper Program.
A Certified Bookkeeper has the proven ability to handle the books for a company of up to 100 employees.
To become certified, a bookkeeper must:
Know basic bookkeeping, including double-entry accounting, before undertaking certification;
Pass a national exam in advanced bookkeeping at Prometric Test Centers;
Have at least 3,000 hours (2 years) of on-the-job experience in bookkeeping;
Sign a Code of Ethics that assures commitment to integrity;
Constantly update skills by earning 20 Continuing Education Credits every year