Continuing Professional Education for Bookkeepers

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How to Keep Up with Continuing Professional Education

The base qualification for bookkeepers is the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, so what happens after your qualify? As bookkeepers now work under the Tax Practitioners Board they are required to undertake Continuing Professional Education (CPE) also known as Professional Development (PD) to keep their skills up to date and to broaden their knowledge base. CPE is one of the reasons that I have been a BAS Agent for so long, I chose to work in an industry where you continue to learn and enjoy learning new software and areas of expertise. My staff and I are always looking at areas that we can improve or extend the services that we provide. CPE is not just about seminars, webinars and newsletters.  You can also enrol into a one day classroom session and then complete the assessment afterwards to become competent and confident in that area. You will then receive that unit as a stand-alone to add to your base qualification. Either method adds to your CPE hours. The units that we have recently been running our staff through are budgeting and cashflow management and monthly management reporting. I know that my staff and students at WiseClick will have heard me harp on about providing services that the clients want or need and not to just focus on all of the ATO compliance jobs that are required. How amazing would it be as a business owner to have your bookkeeper tell you it’s time your business had a budget and that they would produce that for you.  Plus, off the back of that budget you will get a 12 month forward projection of cashflow whenever you need one….to see what your bank balance will be in 12 months if you do X and Y…invaluable So for all of the qualified bookkeepers out there and those about to finish their course, a couple of TO DOs below to get your CPE on track:

I was very happy to talk about this subject on the back of WiseClick Training running our first comeback ICB Network Meeting this month! It’s terrific to be back on board as an ICB facilitator and I can’t wait to see you all at our next meeting on the 15th May.

All the best, Cheryl