Bookkeeping Qualifications

Become a Certified Bookkeeper in only 10 weeks – receive 12 months FREE Membership!

Our Approved Bookkeeping Courses are Designed For:

  • Those who want to work from home
  • Job seekers wanting to upskill in the bookkeeping industry
  • Bookkeepers who want to become certified or internationally qualified
  • Those who want professional status and recognition
  • Bookkeepers who want to earn more
  • Those who want to become a globally recognised bookkeeper

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Our Partnership with The Career Academy To Deliver Bookkeeping Qualifications in New Zealand

We have partnered with The Career Academy to provide you with the best Bookkeeping courses available in New Zealand. They have offered courses in bookkeeping for over 10 years and have trained thousands of New Zealanders on how to become an effective, well paid bookkeeper.

The Career Academy is an Approved Education Partner. Over 20,000 students study with The Career Academy each year and their team is highly qualified in bookkeeping small business practices. Each of the four courses offer an information pack that’s packed full of course details to help you decide which course is best for you. All courses come with 12 months FREE membership to the NZQBA.


The Career Academy’s Certificate in Bookkeeping course will help you balance the books and launch your bookkeeping career. On registration you’ll receive student membership to NZQBA and a complementary online version of the CCH New Zealand Master Bookkeepers Guide. You’ll be able to prepare GST returns, and keep business accounts, learn to analyse and interpret a profit and loss statement and balance sheet and use Xero and MYOB accounting software. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register as a member of the NZQBA as a Certified Bookkeeper, and you’ll receive a free 12-month membership to the NZQBA valued at $295 + GST. No prior bookkeeping experience is required to enrol in this course.

100 hours study
6 months course access
Become a Certified Bookkeeper and gain recognition throughout NZ and Internationally
FREE 12 month membership to NZQBA valued at $295 + GST

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Launch your bookkeeping business with the option to freelance, subcontract or start your own bookkeeping business. Complete our Certificate in Bookkeeping and then our Start your Own Business Program. This Pathway includes online learning followed by expert business coaching. You’ll lean to gain clients, grow your business and prepare a business plan. Your business coach will review your business plan and offer advice to help you manage and grow your business. You need to be a NZQBA Certified Member to enrol in this program.

175 hours study
12 months course access
FREE 12 month membership to NZQBA valued at $295 + GST

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Become a professional AAT Qualified Bookkeeper with our AAT Qualified Bookkeeper Pathway and fast track your bookkeeping career! Learn to balance the books, prepare GST returns and prepare business accounts, before using the prestigious AAT membership to launch your own bookkeeping business! AAT is the world’s leading professional body for bookkeepers and accounting technicians, with over 140,000 members. Your membership gives your clients the confidence that you meet AAT’s renowned international standards.

16 modules / 16 assignments
6 months course access
Become an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper
FREE 12 month Qualified Bookkeeper membership to NZQBA valued at $495 + GST

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To upgrade and become a Qualified Bookkeeper, you must first obtain Certified Bookkeeper status with NZQBA and then complete the AATQB Assessment of Competence. The AATQB Assessment of Competence is a comprehensive quiz made up of 50 questions, including multi-choice, missing words, drag and drop, true and false, and matching options. This quiz is designed to test your level of bookkeeping competence, and on completion you will be eligible to apply for AATQB Membership and become a member of AAT Global. AAT is the world’s leading professional body for Bookkeepers and accounting technicians, with over 140,000 members worldwide. On successful completion, you will be eligible to upgrade to Qualified Bookkeeper status and become a member of AAT as an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper. You’ll receive a free 12-month membership to both NZQBA and AAT on completion.

50 question quiz
1 month course access
Get Qualified and become a globally recognised Bookkeeper!

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Bookkeepers who have completed training and run successful businesses or hold Senior Bookkeeping Positions

Leanne Jensen, Certified Bookkeeper

“I’m Leanne and I’ve worked off and on in accounting most of my adult life. In difference to the commonly held view that it is not a terribly exciting job, I have enjoyed doing the books for an advertising agency whilst living in Zimbabwe, worked in London CBD for the UKs largest multi-national company and I’m now running by own bookkeeping business called Totally Booked Bookkeepers. Becoming a Certified Bookkeeper and member has enabled me to gain personal development on a level I could only dream about. Totally Booked Bookkeepers gives you back your time, which is the most precocious commodity of all. Never again will you have to fear those GST returns, reconciling bank accounts, or 31st March! Totally Booked Bookkeepers understand the daily struggles affecting small NZ business owners and we want to help. Outsourcing your accounts is one of the smartest decisions you can make as it leaves you to concentrate on doing what you do best – building your business. Totally Booked Bookkeepers provides accurate, reliable and affordable bookkeeping and payroll services.”

Samantha Marshall, Qualified Bookkeeper

Samantha Marshall (Sam) is an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper (AATQB) at Big Blue Ltd, a leading supply of filterer and bottled water. Sam became an AATQB with The Career Academy and this has given her the skills and confidence to succeed in her career.  Sam’s everyday work involves using Xero, dealing with Profit and loss accounts, Depreciation, Fixed Assets, Cashflow, Debt Collection, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Inventory.

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Other New Zealand Bookkeeping Training Providers

The following training providers also offer bookkeeping, accounting and business courses that can help you in your bookkeeping career:

  • University of Auckland
  • Waikato University
  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Victoria University
  • Otago University
  • Open Polytechnic
  • Southern Institute of Technology
  • NorthTec
  • Unitec
  • Massey University
  • ARA

NZQBA accepts any equivalent accounting/bookkeeping qualification from the above tertiary institutions for entry into Certified Membership status with NZQBA.

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