DFA-Bookkeeping Services Specialist™ Designation

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Open your own bookkeeping business or start a career in the accounting or tax industries.

Choose Your Pathway—two Options

Take six courses

As a designated specialist, provide high level advice with deep knowledge and top skills in your field. Study time is flexible—take up to 18 months to finish.

Take one course

A Great Way to Start. Earn a respected Certificate of Achievement in a course of your choice and 30 CE/CPD Credits. Take up to three months.


Attain Your DFA-Bookkeeping Services Specialist™ Designation.

DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF. More than a skilled software user, your audit-proof reporting, deep knowledge and expert counsel will be valued by your busy clients. You’ll offer professional services based on the foundational principles of accounting and tax compliance.

Custom-Design Your Own Flexible Study Plan

Complete six certificate courses:


Bookkeeping for Small Businesses

Advanced Payroll for Small Business

Debt and Cash Flow Management


Managerial Accounting and Budgeting

Accounting for Multiple Business Profiles

Accounting for Business Growth and Transition


Earn a Professional Certificate

Get started on your Diploma or Designation Program with your first certificate course. Hone your practical skills and fill knowledge gaps in your industry knowledge. Shore up your professional development with a single certificate course from the list above. It’s a great way to fulfill professional development requirements and start on your pathway towards a diploma or designation. Every online course provides 30 CE/CPD credit hours.

it is excellent at helping beginners understand the basics of bookkeeping, and be able to practice hands-on with Quickbooks and Sage.”

- Wendy Hartmann, DFA™-Bookkeeping Services Specialist, Undergraduate

Have You Met Your CE/CPD Requirements?

Please read the Standards of Conduct. Designates of Knowledge Bureau require 15 CE/CPD credits before year end to re-license their registered marks for the next calendar year.

Please contact us to stay onside with your re-licensing requirements and to receive your VIP designate rates on your tuition fees.

Your Tuition Includes
These All-Inclusive Resources

• Personal course selection consultation
• Virtual campus orientation
• Lesson and study plans
• Personal instructor email support
• Comprehensive Knowledge Journal
• EverGreen Online Research Library
• Knowledge Bureau calculators
• Testing and certification
• CE/CPD accreditation
• Examination, certification and designation

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Every course you take with Knowledge Bureau counts on your academic pathway. Qualify for tuition rebates by taking a certificate course, diploma program or designation program.


Complement your online education with CE Summits. Held in November, January and May, these one-day, instructor-led workshops offer peer-to-peer learning experiences to students who prefer studying in groups.


Annual three-day Distinguished Advisor Conferences focus on finding solutions for the challenges faced by businesses in a global marketplace.

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