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I'm debating with myself about joining a bookkeeping association.....either National Bookkeepers Association or American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers

Does anyone either belong or have additional information on either that would help me decide between the two?
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What type of info are you looking for?
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After looking at both websites, I think I will join AIPB myself. The primary reasons being that 1) their certification process is a nationally administered test while NBA does an on-line, open book test , 2) the continuing education component looks better at first glance, 3) the "help desk" option appears to be a valuable resource for bookkeepers , and 4) the AIPB annual membership fee is a third of NBAs but offers as much, if not more, value for the money.

Thanks for the resource - I hadn't considered membership in a bookkeeping association but it makes sense since I am a bookkeeper for a living
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I hadn't considered it either until I stumbled upon one of the sites while I was looking for additional training sites for QB. And it made sense to me too

Was already leaning in same direction that you are but wanted to make sure I wasnt missing something. Thanks Lily
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FYI - I requested their bookkeepers test and the certification booklet. Sad to say, but after reading the bookkeepers test I still have A LOT to learn ('course I have never worked with a company that does accrual basis, depreciation, or inventory )

I will be studying and learning to take their certification test. This is STRICTLY for me, not to increase my income, but because I like to keep my brain sharp with continuing education. And, knowledge IS power
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Good for you Lily, I'm sure I have alot to learn too Good Luck

I just finished going over both sites again ut:

The one thing that interested me about the NBA site is that they offer alot of Quickbooks training at a discount for members which AIPB does not, but I do prefer the other membership benefits that AIPAB has, not to mention the cost ut:

I suppose there are positives to both of them.
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There is a link somewhere on this forum (Tess?) for a free QB certification test through Intuit - not sure if it's still available, but that's how I got certified...
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This is a great thread as I will want to look into this once I go through my classes and get some bookkeeping experience under my belt. Thanks you guys for all the information!

Also, I think the QuickBooks certification is still available but has a fee with it. I will see if I can find the link too.
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I don't think its free anymore...and I've taken and passed that already This site just seems to have alot of advanced QB training.

I think I'll join the AIPB for now, and then down the road when I have the extra cash I'll join the other for the discount on trainings.
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Deb, please do post back with your impressions once you've joined and had a chance to get to know the association, etc.
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Deb -- did you end up joining AIPB? I've been a member there for years but haven't utilized it much. Just wondering what you've thought.

After seeing the NBA I might try them out to see what they have to offer me.
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I joined AIPB and have been really happy with the E&O discount and the monthly newsletter (I have already gotten some good tips out of it). I intend to buy their books and get their bookkeeping certification; my understanding is that they are the only ones in the US doing a certification program.
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I really need to look more at what I can get out of my membership with them. I just renewed my membership and got the 3 or 4 year membership and got a bunch of free books. I figured I'd look through those to see if I like their textbook style before I invest in any books. If/when you get some please share your thoughts on them.
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Glad to! The books I will be getting are for the certification test...
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Yes Lanel I did join AIPB and have been quite happy with it. The newsletter they send via email is very informative. I haven't looked into the certification yet, but that's next. I probably don't utilize the site as much as I should, but these days its seems I don't have as much time as I'd like to work on my business
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I joined AIPB earlier this year, but haven't had a chance to really dig into all that the association has to offer. I do give a to their newsletter, however - very good info packed in there. I plan to check out more of their benefits over the next few months.
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I am considering joining AIPB. I would like to eventually become certified. Thanks for the input about the organizations.

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