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Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB) Overview

Certified Public Bookkeeper
National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers


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.


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 and experience,
  3. Agreeing to abide by a professional code of conduct, and
  4. Maintaining 24 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) each year.


  1. Pass the four-part Uniform Certified Public Bookkeeper Examination,
  2. Possess an associate or bachelor's degree in accounting or complete the Education Alternative,
  3. Possess one-year (2,000 hours) of bookkeeping or accounting experience,
  4. Agree to abide by the Code of Professional Conduct,
  5. Obtain 24 hours of CPE credits each year beginning the subsequent full year after receiving your license, and
  6. Complete and submit the Application for Licensure.

Education Alternative

If you do not possess an associate or bachelor's degree in accounting, 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

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 an associate or bachelor's degree in accounting or completed the Education Alternative, and agree to abide by the CPB Code of Professional Conduct. The 24 hours of CPE credit annual requirement begins the subsequent full year once you obtain your CPB license.

The Application is available as a downloadable, fillable PDF file. PDF reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, is needed to view or print the document. The Reader is available as a free download from the Adobe website.

To download the Reader, click here.

To access the Application, click CPB Application for Licensure.

Application Fee Payment

To pay the fee, click the Order button below.



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