Henry Ford Community College’s Bookkeeping certificate is designed to prepare a student to work as a
bookkeeper in a small- to medium-sized business. Students are trained to use a double-entry accounting
system to perform basic accounting functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions;
preparing adjusting entries, a ten-column worksheet, and basic financial statements; journalizing and posting
adjusting entries, and posting the closing trial balance. Students are trained in computerized accounting
software (QuickBooks or Peachtree) and in the Microsoft Office Suite, with advanced training in Microsoft
Excel (spreadsheet software). Courses in business math applications, written business communication,
and business office protocol are also part of the program.
This certificate program prepares students to take a series of exams administered by the American Institute
of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) to become an AIPB Certified Bookkeeper. Students desiring this
designation must make arrangements with the AIPB to take the exams.