Learn bookkeeping & complete our Bookkeeping to Business Program so you can freelance, subcontract or start your own bookkeeping business!

Bookkeeping to Business Pathway

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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 Bookkeeping to Business Program.

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Which course is right for you?

 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.

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.

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

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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