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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers offers voluntary certification to bookkeepers who have at least two years of full-time experience (or the part-time or freelance equivalent), pass an examination, and sign a code of ethics. Bookkeepers who complete this requirement may use the designation certified bookkeeper. The National Bookkeepers Association offers seven certification categories: bookkeeper, accounting, QuickBooks, payroll, tax, Excel, and office management. Applicants become certified by passing a national uniform examination.

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