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Developing the knowledge and skills to enter this in-demand career. Businesses are looking for bookkeepers everyday! Learn areas of bookkeeping such as: bank reconciliations, accounts payable and receivable, payroll and much more.

Program Overview

Certified Bookkeepers are to bookkeeping what CPA's are to accounting; the cream of the profession. The four courses in this certificate program focus on preparing you for the AIPB Certified Bookkeeper exams by helping you master the skills and knowledge required for certification. 

These include:

  • Bookkeeping Practices - 30 hours
  • Mastering Correcting and Adjusting Entries - 21 hours
  • Mastering Depreciation and Payroll - 24 hours
  • Mastering Inventory, Internal Controls and Fraud Prevention - 18 hours

Start your program by taking Bookkeeping Practices. This is the foundation to build your knowledge of specialized bookkeeping functions and is a prerequisite to other courses in the program. Next select one or all of the credentialing courses. These may be taken in any order. The Bookkeeper Package provides an accelerated schedule of all four courses at a reduced rate.

An NVCC Proficiency Certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete all four Bookkeeping courses in the program. To achieve the Certified Bookkeeper credential and designation, you must submit an application to the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) and pass their credentialing exams.  This application is optional but recommended for employment.

Program Coordinator:
Sharon Lutkus
203-596-2197 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: F320

Bookkeeper Package

The Bookkeeper Package offers the student the opportunity to register for all four Bookkeeper courses with an accelarated schedule that will have you job ready in under 6 months.  The four courses in this proficiency certificate program will focus on preparing the student for the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) Certified Bookkeeper exams.

Cost: $2390.00 This represents a $85 savings over individual course registrations.

Correcting and Adjusting Entries

Everything students need to know for error corrections, bank reconciliation, and accruals and deferrals.

Cost: $550.00

Course Schedule

Depreciation and Payroll

Everything students need to know about paying wages, withholding, depositing and reporting taxes, correct use of government forms, and depreciation on financial statements, straight-line, GAAP, production method, etc.. 

Cost: $650.00

Inventory, Internal Controls and Fraud Prevention

Everything students need to know about accounting for inventory, inventory record keeping using the perpetual method, using the periodic method and inventory costing.

Cost: $475.00


QuickBooks Pro

This comprehensive course covers the fundamentals of using QuickBooks Pro to track the finances of a small business.  Students will learn QuickBooks Pro with a hands-on approoach by doing the actual accounting for a fictional company.  Students will practice how to set up a new company, create databases to store information about customers and vendors, set up inventory, process invoices, work with bank accounts, process payments, enter and pay bills. Textbook and software access are included in the cost of the course. 18 hours. (This course is not part of the Bookkeeper Package.)

Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.  Bookkeeping Practices is strongly recommended.

Cost $450.00

Budget Basics

Budget Basics

Understanding the budget process and the details of the annual budget are even more significant as the "budget" seems to enter every workplace at every level. This course is designed for the nonfinancial employee to help you improve your knowledge of financial terms, reports, and processes; helping you to communicate more accurately and effectively with other departments and colleagues. 6 hours (This course is not part of the Bookkeeper Package)

Cost $99.00


Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

Important Information

Important Information


  • A high school diploma or GED is strongly recommended and is required by most employers.
  • Basic clerical skills are required to succeed as a bookkeeper. Microsoft Office Essentials Certificate or equivalent skills is recommended as a prerequisite.
  • This course is also appropriate for the entrepreneur that wants to learn to manage bookkeeping responsibilities for their own small business.
  • Students registering for the Bookkeeper Certificate Package will save $85 over the total cost of the individual courses.
  • Textbooks and Educational Materials: No need to make a trip to the bookstore, all required textbooks, and materials will be provided in class and are included in the cost of the course.
  • Refund Policy, Changes and Cancellations: Withdrawal and refund requests must be received three business days (72 hours) prior to the beginning of class unless stated otherwise in the course description. Refunds are not granted after this deadline. Telephone: 203-575-8029 Fax: 203-575-8243 Email: Mail: Non-Credit Refunds, Founders Hall Room F323, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708 If there is a course cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. Please make sure when registering that your contact information is up-to-date. We would like to offer you the opportunity to transfer to another section, if available, or to another class of your choosing. If we have not heard from you within 7 business days, a refund will automatically be processed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. The person registered in our records system is the person who will receive the refund. The College reserves the right to make changes to the information listed in this publication or to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasonable causes. Full refund is made if the College cancels the course. 
  • College closings due to inclement weather: Closings are announced over local AM/ FM radio/TV stations, on the college website (, on the college’s main phone line (203-575-8000) and a text message is sent to everyone who is registered through the myCommNetAlert System. Likewise, in the event of an early closing, the same communication will occur. If the college has a delayed opening, all classes that begin before the delayed opening time will not be held that day and will be rescheduled at another time. Danbury and off-site cancellations: If NVCC cancels or delays classes, this applies to Waterbury and Danbury Campuses as well as all off-site locations. 
  • Students with Special Needs-ADA: Students who may require academic adjustments on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities (Terry Latella K519C) at the Waterbury and Danbury Campuses. After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the adjustments approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Adjustments Agreement form.  Students are therefore encouraged to meet with the Disabilities Counselor and their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester.  Adjustments are not retroactive.   Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or adjustments only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and academic adjustments process. 
Registration Information

Course Registration and Payment Plans

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:


Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

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Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

Bookkeepers can work in varies industries such as: 

  • Professional, scientific and technical services 
  • Retail trade Finance and insurance 
  • Wholesale trade Health care

Many bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks work full time. About 25% of bookkeepers work on a part time basis. The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) reports the statewide average annual income for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is $44,956 and the entry level hourly rate is $14.58. Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities. The CTDOL projects an average of 197 annual job openings through 2024.

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