How To Become A Bookkeeper In The Ottawa Region:

Every business must have a bookkeeper. For small businesses, the bookkeeper may be the proprietor, but the larger the business is, the more a dedicated bookkeeper–or a staff of bookkeepers–is needed. Bookkeepers track all the money that comes into a business and all that goes out to determine whether the business is making a profit.  According to the website this trade is in demand in Canada. By clicking on bookkeepers, you will find out that the average rate of unemployment across Canada is seven percent, but for bookkeepers, the unemployment rate is only three percent.

How To Become A Bookkeeper – Steps:

  1. Take relevant classes in College/University if they are offered.
  2. Ask for an internship as a bookkeeper with a local business to gain work experience that, combined with your degree, will make you competitive in the job market.
  3. Accept an entry level job and learn as much as you can.
  4. Earn a Bookkeeping certification.
  5. You need 2 years of work experience.

After finishing your education, you should write a résumé and search for bookkeeper ads in various job banks, like or Currently, these job banks contain about 350 ads of vacancies for bookkeepers.

Here is an extract from “How to become a bookkeeper” in a Canadian job bank:

  • Salary plus benefits.
  • Education: Completion of College/University or vocational or training
  • Experience: 3 – 5 years
  • Languages: Speak English, Read English, Write English
  • Computer Applications: Windows, electronic mail, word processing software, spreadsheet software, Excel, accounting software, Quick Books, internet Browser
  • Specific Skills: Maintain general ledgers and financial statements, post journal entries, prepare trial balance of books, reconcile accounts, calculate and prepare cheques for payroll, prepare other statistical, financial and accounting reports, calculate fixed assets and depreciation.
  • Essential Skills: Reading text, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, job task planning and organizing, finding information, continuous learning.

How To Become A Bookkeeper, which is given by the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (, and which would probably give you an advantage over your competitors.

Additional information about the profession of bookkeeper in Canada is available on Canadian Bookkeepers Association site (



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