Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB) Overview

Certified Public Bookkeeper
National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers

Accreditation

The Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB) license is accredited by the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB). The license is recognized throughout the United States and its properties.

Overview

The CPB license is the premier accreditation for bookkeepers providing bookkeeping services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The license allows you to place "CPB" behind your name and assures clients of your bookkeeping knowledge, skill, experience, and ethics.

The nationally recognized license helps you:

  • Distinguish yourself,
  • Build credibility,
  • Validate bookkeeping knowledge,
  • Demonstrate bookkeeping skill,
  • Verify bookkeeping experience, and
  • Confirm professional ethics.

The license validates your knowledge, skill, and experience in:

  • Bookkeeping,
  • Accounting Principles,
  • Payroll, and
  • QuickBooks.

You obtain and maintain your license by:

  1. Passing a four part exam,
  2. Verifying bookkeeping education or experience,
  3. Agreeing to abide by a professional code of conduct, and
  4. Maintaining 24 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) each year.

Requirements

You may apply for the license by education or experience.

License by Education

  1. Pass the Uniform Certified Public Bookkeeper Examination,
  2. Possess an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Accounting,
  3. Agree to abide by the CPB Code of Professional Conduct,
  4. Obtain 24 hours of CPE credit each year, and
  5. Complete and Submit the CPB Application for Licensure.

Education Alternative

If you do not possess the education requirement above, you may substitute the requirement by passing the following courses:

  1. Accounting Fundamentals
  2. Accounting Principles
  3. Payroll Fundamentals
  4. QuickBooks Fundamentals (Desktop) or QuickBooks Online Fundamentals

License by Experience

  1. Pass the Uniform Certified Public Bookkeeper Examination,
  2. Possess Two-years (4,000 hours) of Bookkeeping or Accounting Experience,
  3. Agree to Abide by the CPB Code of Professional Conduct,
  4. Obtain 24 hours of CPE credit each year, and
  5. Complete and Submit the CPB Application for Licensure.

CPB Application for Licensure

You should not complete the CPB Application for Licensure (Application) until you have passed the Uniform Certified Public Bookkeeper Examination, possess the education or experience requirement, and agree to abide by the CPB Code of Professional Conduct. The 24 hours of CPE credit annual requirement begins once you obtain your CPB license.

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To access the Application, click CPB Application for Licensure.

Application Fee Payment

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$100

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