Career Outlook

Your New Career

Thousands of new businesses open each year and every organization, large or small, needs someone with the right training to maintain and update its financial records. Bookkeepers hold vital positions within the companies they work for. They verify and balance receipts, post debits and credits, and record transactions.

Some Bookkeepers have offices in their own homes and make extra money in addition to their regular salary. Newspaper ads regularly appear for payroll clerks, accounts receivable and payable clerks, and Bookkeepers for large and small businesses. Enjoy career independence in this exciting profession!

Whether you work for an established business or earn extra income at home, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects more than 212,000 new job opportunities for Bookkeepers through 2018.*

Your New Skills

Learn to prepare a balance sheet, create a profit and loss statement, and produce a financial report for any business. You'll have the skills others depend on in the business world, earning the respect of your employers, and making you a vital asset to any corporation.

You'll learn all of the important skills you need in Bookkeeping.

  • Get the necessary accounting skills. Learn to prepare a balance sheet and income statement, as well as accounting for cash and payroll accounting.
  • Gain practical experience. Maintain the accounting records and prepare financial statements for a model company.
  • Learn valuable computer skills. Master the first steps in using a computer and learn to create notes, documents, and drawings using Microsoft® Windows® and Windows® accessories. (Software not included in program.)
  • Prepare for certification. the Continuing Education Center encourages students to take the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers Certification Exam, provides special supplements to assist with your studies, and even includes a voucher to help defray the cost.

Your New Diploma

Earn your Bookkeeping Career Diploma at home in as little as six months by studying just an hour a day for your new career. Expert instructors and support staff – dedicated to helping you complete your coursework – will be just a phone call or an email away.

* Growth figures represent a ten-year period ending 2018. Source: "National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix," a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Program Overview

Receive Bookkeeping training at home. You'll get the support you need while learning at your own pace with the Continuing Education Center Bookkeeping Program.

Learn the skills you need to become a Professional Bookkeeper while studying at home. It's convenient and affordable .

You'll get hands-on training in:

  • Assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity
  • Preparing a balance sheet and income statement
  • The basics of the general journal, ledger,
    and the T account
  • Revenue, expenses, and trial balance
  • Payroll accounting, accounting systems, and wholesale accounting

Become Certified!
Many Bookkeepers find certification by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers* helpful. Your the Continuing Education Center program includes exam preparation materials, plus a voucher to defray the cost of your AIPB exam.

Contact The Continuing Education Center Today.
Find out more about complete Bookkeeping training that includes:

  • All the books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids you need
  • An account analyzer
  • Toll-free instructional support
  • A certified Bookkeeper exam voucher

*For more information on the Certified  bookkeeper designation, contact: The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, 6001 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852, or visit

Program Outline

Instruction Sets
Your at-home learning program includes seven Instruction Sets designed to take you step-by-step through the techniques and skills you'll employ in your new career in Bookkeeping.

Here's how it works: Your first Instruction Set will be sent to you as soon as your enrollment has been accepted. Other Instruction Sets will follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have training materials to work with.

You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer to complete this program. The Continuing Education Center recommends the following as minimum specifications: Pentium® II or better processor, using Microsoft® Windows® XP or later, capable of running Microsoft® Office 2007. You will also need Internet access.

Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll receive your learning materials:

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies
Identifying and implementing a successful study method; planning when, where, and how you'll study; creating effective and efficient study tools; using study tools to improve chances for success.

The Accounting Equation
Assets, liabilities, owner's equity, and the accounting equation; preparing a balance sheet.

Workbook One

Supplement: A Glossary of Accounting Terms

Instruction Set 2

The Books of Accounting
The basics of the general journal; the basics of the ledger, including the T account, the chart of accounts, and opening a ledger account.

Assets, Liabilities, and Owner's Equity
Account balances for asset accounts, liability accounts, and owner's equity accounts; footing and balancing the ledger; analyzing a transaction; posting to the general ledger.

Learning Aids:
• Account Analyzer
• How to Use Your Account Analyzer

Instruction Set 3

Revenue, Expenses, and Trial Balance
Another look at owner's equity; permanent and temporary accounts; normal balances.

Workbook Two

Financial Reports
Worksheets; how to prepare an income statement and a balance sheet; closing steps for expense and revenue summary accounts; balancing and ruling the books at the end of the year; temporary ledger accounts; permanent ledger accounts; the general ledger; the accounting cycle.

Workbook Three

Instruction Set 4

Accounting for Cash and Payroll Accounting
How to account for cash and where to keep money; the proprietorship; computing employee earnings; keeping records for the government; employer-paid taxes and paying payroll taxes.

Workbook Four

Accounting Systems
Accrual accounting; the importance of inventory accounting; posting to the general ledger and other business records.

Workbook Five

Wholesale Accounting
Accounting procedures for wholesale sales, discounts, sales returns, and allowances; maintaining the accounts receivable ledger; recording cash, credit, and C.O.D. purchases; maintaining accounts payable ledger; promissory notes and interest-bearing notes.

Workbook Six

Supplement: How to Read an Income Statement and a Balance Sheet

Instruction Set 5

Assets and End-of-the-Month Activities
Accounting procedures for long-term tangible and intangible assets; amortization and depreciation; the end-of-the-month accounting procedures.

Workbook Seven

Introduction to Windows®
The role of Windows® as the computer's operating system; Windows® commands and functions; customizing your computer to suit your needs; Windows® Accessories; help screens and system tools.

Instruction Set 6

Microsoft® Excel
Creating and modifying a worksheet in Excel; working with charts in Excel.

Graded Project: Microsoft® Excel

Textbook: Microsoft® Excel

Instruction Set 7

Bookkeeping Project
Maintain the accounting records and prepare financial statements for this sole proprietorship. Includes ledgers, business papers and checks, journals, and the narrative of transactions. Project must be completed manually.

Graduation Set

• Mastering Adjusting Entries (AIPB exam preparation book)
• Mastering Correction of Accounting Errors (AIPB exam preparation book)
• Mastering Payroll (AIPB exam preparation book)
• AIPB Handbook

Certified Bookkeeper Exam Voucher
The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers Certification Exam is designed to evaluate the skills and knowledge needed to carry out all bookkeeping and accounting functions through the trial balance and basic skills for firms with as many as 100 to 200 employees. The Continuing Education Center encourages students to take the exam, and includes an $85 voucher to help defray the cost.


Online Library and Librarian
Students in the Continuing Education Center have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with the Continuing Education Center.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

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Your tuition includes all books, learning aids, unlimited instructional and student support services.

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