Academic Courses

Courses: General

CIB is not a school and does not offer courses. Only credit courses are accepted for registration. Non-credit courses are not eligible. Consult the College calendar to differentiate between the two.

The content included in nine courses is designed to provide a body of knowledge and skills essential for the practice as a Certified Bookkeeper.


Courses are offered full-time, part-time, by correspondence and online. Most Community Colleges offer all nine courses in one or more delivery formats. If a College does not offer a course on campus it will be available online or through some other College. Although recommended, it is not necessary to take all courses through one College only. Courses can be completed by any delivery method through any College.


Students should be prepared to spend a minimum of five hours a week on their home study exclusive of classroom time. The program design enables completion of studies within five years. Many will complete the program in much less time. Students will find it advantageous to be employed full-time in some capacity that is compatible with the course of study. In order to register a course, a minimum grade of 65% must be obtained.


Some exempted credits may be available from CIB based on work experience and/or previously completed courses. In some cases, a letter from an employer or professional accountant may be necessary to confirm proficiency in a certain area. A pre-evaluation will determine these exemptions. Alternatively, a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition service (PLAR) can be requested from a local Community College.


All members who complete the academic program will be entitled to receive a Certificate of Accomplishment indicating that they have met academic requirements of the professional development program.


There is no requirement to take any more courses than are in the academic program.

Courses: Community College


They are primarily offered through participating Community Colleges listed on CIB’s website. Refer to the College calendar for course selection and policies with respect to course requirements.  It is not necessary to complete a College certificate or diploma. If you do, you may still need to take additional courses to meet the CB academic requirements.

Courses: University


Most courses would be completed at the Community College level. However, University courses are accepted for registration if the content and evaluation are similar to an equivalent Community College course.


Courses: Private College


Unlike Community Colleges and Universities where courses are standardized, private vocational colleges each have an individual system of selecting course content and student evaluation. CIB does not accept these courses for registration. However, CIB can conduct a pre-evaluation. For certain courses, a Community College can conduct a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. If the PLAR is successful, the course will be eligible for registration.


Courses: Foreign


CIB does not have the facility to evaluate foreign transcripts. An evaluation can be conducted by your local Community College.


Courses: Continuing


CIB’s professional development program is designed for individuals who seek to obtain a career as a professional full-function Certified Bookkeeper.


The Academic Program and Experience Requirement provide a body of knowledge and the technical skills for Certified Bookkeepers to offer the highest professional services to employers or business clients.


Consequently, CIB does not have a mandatory continuing education requirement for Certified Bookkeepers.


However, as technology advances and regulations evolve, it is imperative and expected that Certified Bookkeepers will continue to educate themselves to maintain the professional services they offer.