- Experience: At least 2 years' full-time experience or the part-time or freelance equivalent, which may be obtained before or after passing the examination.
- Examination: Candidates must pass a 4-part national examination, including 2 parts given at any Prometric Test Center (there are over 300 nationwide).
- Code of Ethics: Applicants must sign a Code of Ethics.
The Certification Examination
Part 1—at Prometric
Test 1: Adjusting entries. 1 hour.
Test 2: Error correction (includes the bank reconciliation). 1 hour.
Part 2—at Prometric
Test 1: Payroll. 1 hour.
Test 2: Depreciation. 1 hour.
Part 3—open-workbook test
Part 4—open-workbook test
Internal controls and fraud prevention.
Format of the certification exam
All questions at Prometric and in the workbook are multiple choice.
Passing Scores and Retests
The passing score for each part of each test at Prometric is 75%, and for each open-book workbook test is 70%. An applicant who gets a lower grade can schedule a retest.
Preparing for the certification exam
We offer self-teaching workbooks that prepare you for each part of the exam. Each workbook drills you with questions like those on the certification exam.
The cost of certification—$574 for nonmembers, $479 for members—can be spread over months or years. But you can start for as little as $39 with your first self-training workbook, Mastering Adjusting Entries. For details on how to become a Certified Bookkeeper, click here.