Certified Member

A Certified Member is one who has successfully graduated by completing all requirements of the professional development program. This includes the completion of the nine courses in the academic program.

In addition, the member has demonstrated three years of full-time, full-function practical experience.

The member can advertise as a full member: Certified Bookkeeper.

Associate Member

To become an Associate Member, you need to verify that you have obtained three years of full-time, full-function practical experience in Bookkeeping.

Bookkeepers who meet this requirement may be eligible for exemptions from certain courses. A pre-evaluation will determine the level of exemptions.

As an Associate Member, you would need to complete any remaining academic courses and experience requirements to become Certified.

The member can advertise as an Associate Member of CIB.

​Junior Member

A Junior Member is one who meets minimal academic requirements and/or has limited practical experience in Bookkeeping.

Completion of the academic and experience requirements is necessary to become Certified.

The member can advertise as a Junior Member of CIB.

Terminated Member

Membership may be terminated voluntarily by a member or involuntarily by CIB. A terminated Certified Bookkeeper must return the Diploma awarded upon graduation.

Legally, the Diploma is the property of CIB. Any further use of the designation, Certified Bookkeeper, in any manner or form would constitute a fraudulent action subject to legal remedies.

A terminated individual can not advertise as a member of CIB.


Future Member

You may now be employed in some field other than Bookkeeping but wish to pursue a career as a Certified Bookkeeper. In order to obtain membership in CIB, you must currently be working in some aspect of Bookkeeping.

CIB suggests you begin the academic program and complete Levels I and II. This will provide you with the knowledge to apply for an entry-level position in Bookkeeping. At that time, you may consider becoming a member of CIB.