FAQ

 

Course Related

 

Should I complete my courses before I enrol or should I enrol now?

Some courses become outdated quickly and cannot be accepted for registration. It recommended that you apply for membership and register any completed courses at the same time.

How long do I have to complete the academic courses?

We recommend that students complete all nine courses within five years of joining. Most courses are offered on a regular basis at participating Community Colleges.

When should I register my courses?

Register all past courses when membership is granted. As a member, immediately register a continuing course upon successful completion. This will protect your status from future changes in the program. An official grade report, not photocopies, must be submitted.

What is the difference between a transcript and a grade report?

A transcript from your Community College includes all courses completed to date. This is required when you register courses at the time of enrolment. A grade report is the document indicating the grade for a course completed recently while you are a member of CIB.

 

What is the mark required to register a course?

Normally, the mark is 65% or C+. Letter grades may differ among the Colleges. Consult the College calendar to determine what the letter grade is equivalent to. In certain cases, there may be flexibility in the required grade depending on the student's work experience.

Does CIB accept courses taken from a private College?

Private Colleges determine the content and evaluation of courses independently such that consistent learning is unavailable for CIB members. CIB is unable to assess these for registration. Only Community College and University courses which are standardized are accepted for registration.

Do I need to take more courses after I receive my designation?

No additional courses are required after receiving your designation. However, Certified members are strongly advised to continue to update their knowledge to maintain currency in the profession.

 

Work Related

What kind of work experience is required?

In order to obtain the Certified Bookkeeper designation, you must also obtain three years of full-time full-function bookkeeping experience where you have demonstrated the skills and knowledge acquired in the professional development program. Students are expected to have been involved in most of the bookkeeping functions such as Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, General Ledger, Cash Receipts, Cash Disbursements and Payroll.

 

Is bookkeeping experience outside of Canada accepted?

The CIB professional development program requires Canadian work experience. With proper verification, CIB may grant up to one year for experience obtained in a foreign country.

When do I submit the Experience Evaluation Questionnaire (EEQ)?

Firstly, the academic program must be completed. Secondly, three years full- time, full-function bookkeeping experience must have been obtained. Your employer must attest to the accuracy and veracity of your experience. In order to become Certified, you must be currently working as a Bookkeeper.

What basics do I need to find a job in the Bookkeeping field?

If you are changing careers, or if this is your first career choice, you should complete Level I and Level II of the academic program. This would provide the knowledge and skills to obtain an entry-level position with an employer. Many employers do ask for experience. However, they do not always get both the academic background and practical experience they would like from a prospective employee. In such cases, many employers would be willing to train you, if you have the academic background.

What are the implications of terminating my membership?

Membership can be terminated voluntarily by yourself or involuntary by CIB. Your personal file will be removed from the membership list. You will not be able to advertise yourself as a member of CIB or as a Certified Bookkeeper. Under certain conditions, you may rejoin CIB within one year of termination. After one year, you would need to go through the enrolment and registration process again.

If I cancel my membership, can I keep my Diploma and Certified Bookkeeper Designation?

No. The Diploma and trademarked designation is legally the property of CIB. Usage of the designation is only provided to members who remain in good standing. Upon termination of a CB membership, you must refrain from claiming membership in CIB or using the designation for any purposes whatsoever and return the Diploma to CIB. Continued use of the designation, Certified Bookkeeper, in any manner or form would constitute a fraudulent action subject to legal remedies. This could have serious consequences financially or regarding any current or future employment opportunities.

 

General

What are the benefits of enrolling in CIB?

By enrolling in CIB, you become a member of a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of Certified Bookkeepers within the Bookkeeping profession. Completion of the professional development program lets prospective employers or clients know that you have attained a high level of competence in your field. As a member of a professional organization, you can obtain a designation that will offer greater opportunities and rewards in the future and increase your stature in your community. As a CIB member you will receive a quarterly newsletter and have access to discounts to a variety of goods and services.

 

Why do members pay an annual membership fee?

The membership fee is one of the lowest fees for any professional organization. It is used to cover the cost of advancing the goals of the Institute. Members are invoiced upon enrolment and can claim a tax deduction with the receipt provided by the Institute. Self-employed members can claim it as a deductible business expense.

What is the purpose of the enrolment fee?

Payment of this fee indicates a student is serious about completing the academic and experience requirements to become a Certified Bookkeeper. Once this fee is received, a personal file is initiated for the student in CIB's data base.

Why is a registration fee required?

Course registration must be verified as to accuracy and currency. This requires constant referral to College calendars. Once you become a member of CIB, your personal file is established. When your transcripts are received, it is necessary determine that the courses that you completed are eligible for credit. Your courses are verified with a master list. Often, acceptable courses may have a different course number from the master list and CIB must contact the College for a course outline. Once verified, your courses are entered into your file. 
The course registration fee covers these administrative costs.

Can I use a credit card for payments?

CIB accepts the following methods of payment: cheque, money order, e-transfer, PayPal