Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB) License

Assure Clients of Your Bookkeeping Knowledge, Skill, Experience, and Ethics

Note: CPB licenses obtained in the fourth Quarter (October, November and December) expire on December 31 of the following year.

Become a Licensed Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB)
NACPB's Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB) license is the premier accreditation for professional bookkeepers. The license allows you to place "CPB" behind your name and assures clients of your bookkeeping knowledge, skill, experience, and ethics. The license is recognized throughout the United States and its properties.

NACPB's nationally recognized CPB license helps you:

  • Distinguish yourself,
  • Build credibility,
  • Validate bookkeeping knowledge,
  • Demonstrate bookkeeping skill,
  • Verify bookkeeping experience, and
  • Confirm professional ethics.

The CPB license validates your knowledge, skill, and experience in the following:

  • Bookkeeping,
  • Accounting Principles,
  • Payroll, and
  • Computerized Accounting.

You obtain and maintain your CPB license by passing a four part Uniform Certified Public Bookkeeper Examination, verifying bookkeeping education or experience, agreeing to abide by a professional code of conduct, and maintaining 24 hours of continuing professional education each year.

For Exam information, click Uniform Certified Public Bookkeeper Examination.

CPB License Requirements
You may apply for the CPB license by education or experience.

Education Requirements

  1. Pass the Uniform Certified Public Bookkeeper Examination,
  2. Possess a Bookkeeper Certificate or Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in accounting,
  3. Agree to Abide by the CPB Code of Professional Conduct,
  4. Obtain 24 hours of CPE (certified professional education) credit each year, and
  5. Complete and Submit the CPB Application for Licensure.

Education Alternative
If you do not possess the education requirement above, you may substitute the requirement with the following Accounting Training and Testing Center courses:

ACCT 110 - Accounting Fundamentals
ACCT 210 - Accounting Principles
ACCT 120 - Payroll Fundamentals
ACCT 130 - Computerized Accounting (QuickBooks)

Experience Requirements

  1. Pass the Uniform Certified Public Bookkeeper Examination,
  2. Possess Two-years (4,000 hours) of Bookkeeping or Accounting Experience,
  3. Agree to Abide by the CPB Code of Professional Conduct,
  4. Obtain 24 hours of CPE (certified professional education) credit each year, and
  5. Complete and Submit the CPB Application for Licensure.

CPB Application for Licensure
You should not complete the CPB Application for Licensure (Application) until you have passed the Uniform CPB Examination, possess the education or experience requirement, and agree to abide by the CPB Code of Professional Conduct. The 24 hours of CPE credit annual requirement begins once you obtain your CPB license.

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To access the Application, click CPB Application for Licensure.

Application Fee Payment
$100

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