Certificate in Bookkeeping


Advance your career and become a Certified Bookkeeper

The Career Academy Certificate In Bookkeeping could kickstart your career. Seize the opportunity to become a qualified Bookkeeper in just ten weeks! Delivered 100% online, you can complete this bookkeeping course NZ-wide from the comfort of your home. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register as a member of the New Zealand Qualified Bookkeepers Association as a Certified Bookkeeper. No prior bookkeeping experience is required to enrol in this course. This comprehensive course covers GST, payroll, budgeting and cash-flow management, income tax for small businesses, financial statements and FBT. You’ll also discover how to use Xero and MYOB software, and use Microsoft Excel to produce professional-looking documents that add up.

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Course Duration

~140 Hours
 | 6 Months Access
Study at your own pace – students generally complete one module per-week. See our free course guide for detailed duration information.

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Be awarded with an industry recognised certificate of achievement on completion of this course.

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As a mum of two, the ability to work to her own schedule was Samantha’s number one priority when it came to studying. ‘I really enjoyed that I could complete the course at my own pace from the comfort of my own home. As a single mum, it is essential that I have flexibility when studying and the career academy provided me with this.’ she says.


  • Work from home as a Certified Bookkeeper
  • This course is accredited by the Institute of Accountants & Bookkeepers
  • Learn to successfully format worksheets
  • Become a Certified Bookkeeper in just ten weeks
  • Start your own bookkeeping business & earn up to $50 per hour
  • Receive a student membership to the New Zealand Qualified Bookkeepers Association (NZQBA) when you enrol
  • On successful completion, get a FREE upgrade to Certified Membership with NZQBA (normally valued at $348 +GST) 
  • Get six months free access to MYOB and gain access to the Official Xero Advisor Certification. 


The Certificate in Bookkeeping comprises the following 14 modules;

  1. Accounting and Bookkeeping Fundamentals
  2. General Journal
  3. General Ledger & the Trial Balance
  4. Depreciation
  5. Adjusting Entries
  6. Financial Statements
  7. Understanding GST
  8. Employment Law & Introduction to Payroll
  9. Fringe Benefit Tax
  10. Fundamentals of Income Tax
  11. Accounting with MYOB AccountRight
  12. Accounting with Xero
  13. Budgeting, Forecasting and Cashflow Management
  14. Bookkeeping using Microsoft Excel

FREE membership to the New Zealand Qualified Bookkeepers Association valued at $348!

Upon completion of this course, you’ll receive a FREE 12-month membership the New Zealand Qualified Bookkeepers Association (NZQBA). With NZQBA you will get instant access to a number of benefits, training and support material to help you along your bookkeeping journey;

  • Credible recognition: Being a member of a reputable professional body enhances your credibility and trustworthiness in the eyes of clients and employers. It’s a testament to your commitment to excellence.
  • Networking and collaboration: Connect with like-minded professionals, exchange insights, and build a robust support network. Collaborate with peers who share your passion for bookkeeping, providing a platform for learning and growth.
  • Exclusive resources: Gain access to tools, templates, and guides that streamline your work and help you deliver top-notch bookkeeping services. Leverage resources that are exclusive to our members.
  • Continuous learning: Stay ahead of industry trends, regulations, and best practices through access to a treasure trove of educational resources. We offer webinars, courses, and workshops to ensure you’re always on the cutting edge of bookkeeping knowledge.
  • Career advancement: Open the doors to new career opportunities, be it as an employee or as a thriving entrepreneur. Membership in NZQBA is a powerful asset on your resume.  
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There are no entry requirements or prerequisites to enrol on this course. You can enrol online directly by clicking on “Enrol Now” and following the prompts. Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors – call 0800 342 829 or email them at info@careeracademy.co.nz

This course costs $996.00 + GST or only $25 per week on a no-deposit, interest-free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

Yes, you can apply for RPL for this if you already hold other accounting qualifications or have other accounting experience.

This course takes approximately 140 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week, but if life gets busy, you can apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week, but if life gets busy, you can apply for a course extension if you need more time.

This is a Career Academy level 4 course. 

Upon completing this course, you could obtain work as a Bookkeeper, Office Administrator, Financial Controller or Payroll Administrator.

Contact a friendly student advisor on 0800 342 829 to learn about potential career outcomes and where our courses could take you. Employers often approach The Career Academy looking for students and advertise jobs in our Career Centre, which you can access once enrolled. You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

Your course is delivered through our online learning platform, which you can access from any web browser 24/7 to work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the necessary resources at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates; you can start whenever you are ready, and your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 7 day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee*.

You can enrol in a Certificate in Bookkeeping with The Career Academy and study remotely from home with unlimited tutor support via email and phone.

Absolutely! If you have prior experience or qualifications that cross over to some of the modules in this course, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). This allows you to be recognised and credited to certain modules, meaning you can reduce the number of modules you need to study, whilst still getting the full qualification. Click here to find out more about RPL





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