Bookkeeping standards on the rise

  • Feb. 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada has announced the certification of Lorna Johnson, of Aldergrove as a Certified Professional Bookkeeper.

The IPBC’s national mandate is to institute professional standards specifically for the Canadian bookkeeping profession.

“More than 60,000 Canadians hang out their shingle as a bookkeeper, yet competency in that industry ranges from stellar to mediocre,” said Gordon Skillen, executive director of IPBC. “Who is the best professional to do the important compliance work required by law of business owners? There are millions of business owners across Canada who depend on the services of a bookkeeper. Business owners and employers will come to demand the CPB designation.”

Johnson earned the national CPB designation after passing an exhaustive two-hour closed book exam. The exam is based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Johnson, who moved here seven years ago to take up a bookkeeping job at a private school, came from Stewart, where she worked for a trucking company. She has worked as a bookkeeper for the past 25 years in the public and private sector and now intends to start her own home-based bookkeeping business as a certified professional.