MGTN1013 – Bookkeeping Business Pathway

Learn the skills needed to start your own Bookkeeping Business!

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.

Rated 4.38 out of 5 based on 52 customer ratings
(52 customer reviews)
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52 reviews for MGTN1013 – Bookkeeping Business Pathway

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Benington

    The information was very helpful but not always tailored to a service providing business rather than a sales type company. More specific service related only info would be a help. Thanks!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jones

    I found the tutors really helpful and all of the information was relevant!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bianca Du Plessis

    I like my course a lot, I find the tutors on most of the subjects very helpful. It would be better when an assessment is wrong if they could give more explanation on what is wrong, especially if a few attempts have been made.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Marinelle Jane Colindres

    My course is very hard, but I am coping and learning at my own pace. It is very challenging. Sending my assignments is nerve-wrecking. I am very thankful of the tutors because they are guiding me in the right direction. Thank you.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashika Nand

    I am loving doing my course and The Career Academy is making me enjoy the subject of Bookkeeping/Accounting!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joanne Gallagher

    I loved the fact that I could do the course in my own time (even though it means I have to motivate myself to study..) It is great not having to be physically present at night classes. In terms of the resources, the forums were really useful as I could see previous responses to content I am currently working on. Everything was easy to access and complete. I would recommend The Career Academy to anyone!

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Natasha Bishkopf

    I find that the course is explained in a straight-forward manner.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ellen van Ballegooij

    The tutors always responded very quickly and the course itself was great! I found the material comprehensive, particularly the business pathway section.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lesley Washbourne

    The ease with which you could complete the course with the Career Academy was something I liked most.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lesley Washbourne

    The ease with which you could complete the course with the Career Academy was something I liked most.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Christine Henare

    The material was well put together and I found it easy to understand.I liked the little ways each section let you know when you had completed something.The tutors were very helpful and I think very very patient and gave coherent and non-judgmental feedback

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tracey Ward

    I feel that the tutors are good, well-equipped and always replied promptly to to my queries. The Career Academy offered me easy way of studying and I found the moodle to be user-friendly.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aimee Louise Vate

    I liked that you could do the course at your own and the supplementary course materials are really great.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Toni Crossman

    The tutors were very helpful and I found their advice in their emails great. I loved the course itself – it is accessible and can do everything yourself.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie Seevens

    I am thoroughly enjoying my course. It is intensive but done in such a way as not to be overwhelming. The turnaround from submitting assignments and getting them back is fantastic, often in the same day! The tutors are really positive with their feedback and always manage to give me a great confidence boost. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in getting a book keeping qualification.

  16. Rated 4 out of 5


    Finding time to study is the most difficult. The feedback from the tutors on my assignments is always very helpful. The content of the course is absolutely above average.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nancy Wu

    Still working through the course. The first part of the course was very interesting, I enjoyed it a lot. The second part is less interesting to me but I’m still working through. The main reason I signed up for this course is to become more confident in bookkeeping and to increase my knowledge for my career.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicole George

    It is very interesting and I seem to be grasping it quite well. The tutors are lovely, very prompt as well.

  19. Rated 4 out of 5

    Julanne Frecklington

    This is a helpful course. I like the material and haven’t found it too difficult so far.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily Bugg

    I find it really interesting. I have a certificate in MYOB already so I really enjoy gaining some more experience and practice in bookkeeping. It’s a very valuable course and the tutors are rather prompt.

  21. Rated 3 out of 5


    The course was good, very informative. Brendan was amazing tutor and very helpful. The first part of the course was good but struggling to stay motivated for the second part. Course and tutors would get a 4/5, but finding a job in the field would get a 3/5.

  22. Rated 3 out of 5

    Gayleen Sime

    I have to say, I am really happy with this course. The marking has been done really quickly by the tutors and they always give positive feedback. If there’s anything I need to have a look at they always get back to me about it. Definitely impressed with what I’ve done so far.

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kim Angela Rennie

    This course is great for me because I really enjoy this sort of thing. I have some experience in basic accounting principles but there’s a ton of new info in here on bookkeeping to learn which is great. It’s really good to learn some new bits and pieces, and to be able to use this knowledge in the future for career advancement.

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sheemal Prasad

    This is a refresher course for me and I’m enjoying it fine so far – it’s good to go back to the basics and brush up on some information.

  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    Renell Olivier

    I always get a reply when I call in for help, I find everything is going really well and the bookkeeping program is good!

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Louise Pearce

    I like it so far. In terms of difficulty the course content is a mixture – some of it is a bit more challenging because it’s new concepts, but it’s well written and explained so it’s easy to understand.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shelley Jenkins

    The feedback given to me by the tutors has been helpful, I really like how they marked my assignment on the weekend so I can take the week to go back and see what I did correctly and what I need to work on.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rose Faulkner

    Great course, tutors are helpful.

  29. Rated 3 out of 5

    Annette Jamison

    The textbook that came with the course is very good despite the text and the size of it being very tiny. The course is revisiting things that I’ve done previously and it’s turning out to be simpler than I expected.

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kim Hetherington

    The course is going well. One suggestion I would make is more consistency in the markings; sometimes tutors will give different feedback. The content is a bit more challenging than what I thought, not coming from that background, but it’s pretty interesting.

  31. Rated 4 out of 5

    Coral Kaumoana

    I have found the course really good and the support has always been reliable.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amelia Hastings

    Really loving what I’ve done so far!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Fletcher

    Excellent course.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kiri Dower

    Good content, challenging at the parts it needs to be and very well put together. The tutors are helpful.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo-Anne Chadderton

    Trekking my way through this course and really enjoying it. Getting some helpful feedback from tutors when I need it.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Agnes Bulatiko

    Very happy with the course, enjoying it a lot and getting great responses from the tutors and assistants.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendy Bryant

    The certificate is quite good, there is the opportunity to go beyond the certificate if I wanted to but at the moment I am busy with the course and happy with the help the tutors have given me.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Feroz Ali

    Very valuable course and very supportive tutors.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jade Lauren Collis

    The course is great i’m a little slow in starting but finding it very good and easy to take in all the information.

  40. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amiee Bate

    The course is going good, the feedback from my assessment 1 was very helpful and excellent.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kiri Dower

    The course so far is going very well, the assessments are thorough and I like that it is repetitive as it helps sink in and really understand

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    Vivianne McLennan

    Tracey was very prompt, very friendly and very patient; had me up and running again in no time at all, which was excellent. Thank you! Tracey!!

  43. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rose Faulkner

    Thank you for a prompt response.

  44. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anita Marie Pierson

    Thanks for the almost immediate response. It meant I could submit my assignment in without having to wait for a response 🙂

  45. Rated 4 out of 5

    Marion Bealing

    Really good explanation of where my thinking had gone awry.

  46. Rated 4 out of 5

    Karen Clunie

    professional, fantastic help – thank you

  47. Rated 3 out of 5

    Glenys Bell

    Assistance was within the promised 24 hours and solved the issue I was having. Help much appreciated. Once in the assessment I did find a few things confusing which I will feedback to the tutor but my initial issue was solved. Many Thanks

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah Tawa

    I liked the fact that I had a text book as reading online can be more difficult. I was talking to my accountant who had done the book keeping course and it suited what I wanted to learn.

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Course structure.

 Three steps to success!

If you have already completed the Certificate in Bookkeeping and just want the Start your own Bookkeeping Business component, click here

Key benefits of these two informative courses

  • Fast track your bookkeeping career, increase your earning potential and get ahead
  • Become a Certified Bookkeeper and start your own Bookkeeping Business!
  • Developed and delivered by a Approved Training Organisation
  • Access to expert tutors and business coaches – this Pathway Program includes four hours of one to one mentoring from our very experienced and knowledgeable business mentors.
  • Work from home and earn up to $50 per hour once you are certified
  • Flexible online study – work at your own pace in your own time and receive unlimited one-on-one tutor support
  • Build your business the right way, from the ground up, and make it easier to grow and expand
  • Become a certified bookkeeper through a reputable organisation (NZBAI)
  • Receive a FREE digital copy of the 2016 Master Bookkeepers eGuide (valued at $147)
  • Receive a FREE 12-month membership to NZBAI (valued at $295 + GST)
  • Flexible online study – work at your own pace in your own time and receive unlimited one-on-one tutor support
  • Receive a FREE 12 month membership to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce valued $350

This pathway includes our Bookkeeping to Business Program!

  • You learn the proven, practical skills to help you generate new clients, increase your sales and profit, save time and scale your business.
  • Fits with your lifestyle and learn anywhere, anytime and at your own pace
  • Is short enough to fit in with your busy schedule, but long enough to teach you the critical new skills to grow your business.
  • Receive four hours of mentoring from our experienced and knowledgeable business mentors. They’re there to answer your questions and provide insight into how you can turn the practical skills you’ve learnt into a fully-fledged business.

What our students say

★★★★★ “I loved the fact that I could do the course in my own time (even though it means I have to motivate myself to study..) It is great not having to be physically present at night classes. In terms of the resources, the forums were really useful as I could see previous responses to content I am currently working on. Everything was easy to access and complete. I would recommend The Career Academy to anyone!” – Joanne Gallagher


Accreditation and Certification: Our course has been accredited by the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association. Once you complete this course, you will be eligible to register as a member of the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association (NZBAI) as a Certified Bookkeeper – a nationally recognised credential, respected and valued by employers.

Course summary

Investment: $1,750 + GST available on our $25 per week interest free payment plan.

Assessments: Case studies, quizzes, written assessments

Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 12 months until you complete.

Enrolment and duration: A total of 100 hours, for the Certificate in Bookkeeping and 75 hours for the Bookkeeping to Business Program to be completed within 12 months. Most students study for 10 hours per week and finish in 17 weeks. Easy!

Delivery and support: This course is delivered online with tutor support by phone and email. you will also have access to an online study group, allowing you to work with students who are sharing the experience.

Qualification information: On successful completion of this business training course, you will be awarded a Career Academy Certificate of Achievement.

Course Level: 6

Declan Scott – Business Coach

Declan has a significant amount of both bookkeeping and business experience. He is a University Lecturer and a facilitator. He has run several small businesses and enjoys helping students set up their own successful bookkeeping business.

The Certificate in Bookkeeping covers ten modules:

  1. An introduction to the fundamentals of bookkeeping
  2. Creating general journals, trial balance and understanding depreciation
  3. Preparing financial statements and process balance day adjustments
  4. Understanding GST and completing GST returns
  5. Understanding and Processing Payroll, PAYE and KiwiSaver
  6. Essential Skills and knowledge in Budgeting and Cash Flow
  7. Understanding Income Tax and Essential Inland Revenue Processes for Small Businesses – includes how to become a tax agent
  8. Fundamentals of Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT)
  9. Developing and using bookkeeping spreadsheets in MS Excel
  10. How to use Xero and MYOB Accounting Software (students are provided with a free trial version of each)

Then, complete the start your own Bookkeeping business Course which covers the following modules:

  1. ABKN201 – Starting Up
  2. ABKG186 – Preparing your Business Plan
  3. MGTG129 – Marketing and Social Media
  4. ABKN122 – Budgeting, Forecasting and Cashflow Management
  5. ABKG185 – Planning for Profit
  6. ABKN214 – Fundamentals of Payroll
  7. ABKN133 – Understanding GST
  8. ABKA189 – Financial Statement Analysis
  9. Receive four hours of one-to-one mentoring with a Bookkeeping Business Coach

Start a Bookkeeping Business from home

Di Crawford started bookkeeping from home so she could care for her sick daughter Tyler. Now Di is managing director of Ontrack Bookkeeping, a firm that helps hundreds of small businesses stay on top of their finances. Click here to read Di’s full story

Build a successful bookkeeping business

“I started the business in 2014. In the first year, I picked up work so fast that I was working from 5am to 11pm,” says Joanne. “And it just hasn’t stopped since.” Read Jo’s full story by clicking here

A bookkeeper’s path to work-life balance

Linda Klok was building a successful bookkeeping career, when an unexpected illness taught her to slow down and find work-life balance. Find out how she did it here

*Xero has granted The Career Academy permission to share the above three stories of successful New Zealand Bookkeepers.

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