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CIB Background

The Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preparing men and women for professional positions in a financial environment.

The bookkeeping profession today, unlike the accounting profession is completely unregulated. There are no criteria for educational requirements or for professional conduct. Virtually anybody with little training or education can advertise as a bookkeeper. The lack of standards has often had unfortunate consequences for individuals and businesses using the services of an unqualified bookkeeper.

For the first time, bookkeepers will now have the opportunity to complete a professional development program and become members of a recognized profession. As trained professionals, Certified Bookkeepers can look forward to greater financial and job security in a rapidly changing business world.


      Establish educational, professional and ethical standards in the bookkeeping
      Bring order to an unregulated field and protection to a vulnerable public
      Change the general perception toward bookkeeping and bring public
        recognition to Certified Bookkeepers.


According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Economic Crime Survey 2018,Canadian respondents said
- 55% have been a victim of economic crime-up from 37% in 2016
- 48% expect cybercrime to disruptive economic their business in the next 24 months
- 35% of all frauds are perpetrated by people inside the organization
- 76% believe losses from the most disruptive frauds experienced could reach $US lM
While most employers place trustin their employees,many instances of economic crime (35%) are committed by internal staff. It is imperative that businesses invest in individuals with the knowledge and skills worthy of that trust . Certified Bookkeepers can meet this challenge.
Certified Bookkeepers are on the front line of compiling financial data.Their academic background and practical experience ensure that their input meets the highest standard. Inaddition , A Code of Professional Conduct gives employers or clients the confidence in the services provided by a Certified Bookkeeper.
As essential members of the organization,Certified Bookkeepers are committed to the success of their employers.Alternatively, many CBs will generate opportunities for themselves as self-employed professionals operating their own bookkeeping practice.
As a Certified Bookkeeper,your professionalism will be recognized and rewarded. Remember , A skilled profession is the best employment insurance.


Today’s professional bookkeepers are constantly facing new challenges in a rapidly changing business environment. The CIB professional development program offers a variety of courses to provide the skills to meet these challenges. Academic courses provide in-depth knowledge of bookkeeping practices; computer applications offer the basis for solid practical experience.

Courses are completed at local Community Colleges across Canada. Many courses are offered on-line. Some exemptions are available based on work experience. Upon completion of all courses, members receive a Certificate of Accomplishment to recognize their academic achievement.

In addition, there is a three-year work requirement in which a member must demonstrate proficiency in bookkeeping. This work requirement can be done before, during or after the academic program. When both the academic and practical experience requirements are met, the member obtains the designation, Certified Bookkeeper. All members are governed by a Code of Professional Conduct.

Membership in the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping opens the door to a new and exciting future. Join with us to make it your future too.
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