Certified Bookkeeper Program

The job of bookkeeper is one of the most widely occurring and essential positions in modern business. In many small companies, bookkeepers are the only individuals capable of receiving cash, recording all transactions, tracking timecards and leave, disbursing payroll, monitoring company assets, and reconciling accounts with outside suppliers or service providers.

Prerequisites :

Offering code Offering title
ACCT.X400 Introduction to Accounting I: Financial Accounting

Sections :

Section Start Date Time Location Cost Instructor Name Full Schedule Enroll
BOOK.X400.(2) 9/7/2018 06:00 PM SANTA CLARA $1450 Revathy Sivasubramaniam Enroll



Get Your Future on the Books

Balancing the books is both a science and an art. If you own a small business or work at a growing company, you’re familiar with the stress of handling payroll, monitoring company assets, and managing accounts with outside service providers. Our Bookkeeping course offers the foundation you need to pass certification exams and prepare for career opportunities in your field.

●                    One Comprehensive Course

Master the fundamentals necessary to pass the AIPB certification exam in just three months.

●                    UC Credential

Not only will you prepare for the AIPB exams, at the end of the course you’ll earn a UC credential you can include on your resume.


The Profession



Program Objectives

After earning the Bookkeeping credential, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Study for the AIPB certification exam
  • Calculate depreciation and recording
  • Value merchandise inventory
  • Correct accounting errors and reconcile bank accounts
  • Understand deferrals and adjusted trial balance

There are a few additional requirements you need to meet to become a Certified Bookkeeper:

  • You need to pass a national exam at a Sylvan-Prometric test center and achieve a grade of at least 75% on each of five tests:
    • Adjusting entries
    • Error correction, including bank reconciliation
    • Depreciation, book and tax, including passenger autos
    • Payroll
    • Inventory under the perpetual and periodic systems, including moving and weighted average, LIFO, FIFO and LCM costing
  • You need to have at least two years (3000 hours) of work experience.
  • You need to sign a code of ethics.

To maintain certification, you must earn an average of 30 continuing professional education credits a year.


Did You Know…

Bookkeepers with a strong accounting background are even better equipped to compete for jobs. Check out our Accounting certificate and CPA Prep courses to discover next-level skills


Program Format

UCSC Extension’s Bookkeeping course is offered at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, a beautiful facility located on the corner of Scott and Bowers in Santa Clara.

Bookkeeping Course


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Information about our open enrollment process can be found on our Enrollment page. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the UCSC Extension Outreach office by phone at 408-861-3860, or by email at extensionprogram@ucsc.edu.

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Course Schedule

Certified Bookkeeper Program
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
BOOK.X400 Certified Bookkeeper Program 7.5 CEU Classroom