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Computerized Bookkeeping Certificate: Certification Program Overview

A certificate in computerized bookkeeping shows employers that students have been trained to use the latest bookkeeping applications. It can help them enter the bookkeeping profession or update their skills as a bookkeeper.

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Essential Information

Students who complete a computerized bookkeeping certificate program will learn the skills needed for working in an entry-level position in computerized bookkeeping. These skills include basic bookkeeping skills, use of several computerized bookkeeping systems and basic business skills. Many schools offer certificate programs online.

Earning this certificate is not the same as becoming a Certified Bookkeeper, which requires two years of work experience and a passing score on a national exam created by The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (aipb.org), but it will prepare students for an entry-level job in bookkeeping.


Computerized Bookkeeping Certificate

Holding a certificate in computerized bookkeeping means that you have successfully completed a program covering basic bookkeeping and the use of bookkeeping software. Often offered by community colleges and technical schools, a computerized bookkeeping certificate program covers the basic requirements needed to enter the field of bookkeeping. Some schools also include a bookkeeping internship in the program. Typical course topics include:

  • Business math
  • Quickbooks
  • Peachtree
  • Accounting principles
  • Computer basics
  • Excel

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

Though there are expected to be plenty of jobs for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks between 2014 and 2024 due to the large size of this career field and the need to replace employees who switch to other occupations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects there will be an 8% decline in the overall number of jobs for these clerks as many of their tasks become automated (www.bls.gov). The BLS reported that these workers make a mean annual wage of $38,990 as of May 2015.

Certificate programs in computerized bookkeeping teach bookkeeping skills related to accounting software programs and computer applications.

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