Helping Accountants Nationwide To Excel

  • Easily Understand Accounting
  • Consistently Increase Revenue
  • Drastically Improve Profits
  • Build Lasting Value

At Universal Accounting Center®, we help owners of small and medium-sized accounting firms by providing them turnkey solutions to build a successful business with the competence and confidence to gain more profitable client portfolios. With training and certifications in everything from bookkeeping, payroll, tax services, to business consulting, we can help you achieve your professional goals.


Roger Knecht, President of UAC

how we help you

Get Certified

Whether you are considering entry-level opportunities, moving into management, or overseeing the books for a small business, Universal Accounting Center® is committed to giving you the skills, training, and certifications you need to get paid what you are worth.

Start Your Business

With our proven turnkey solutions, we help you kick-start a profitable accounting firm. UAC gives you all of the tools and resources needed to succeed. From setting up your services to determining the growth and income you make, you will be in complete control of your business.

Grow Your Business

If you already have an established practice but struggle to attract higher-paying clients, let us help. Our value-building programs will help you gain new business. We instruct you on the best practices so that you can learn how to work more efficiently and profitably.

Why Choose Us

Since 1979, Universal Accounting Center® (UAC) has recognized the need for specialized training in small to medium-sized accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation businesses. To meet this demand, UAC has embraced the very best tools that guarantee success for any practice owner. We are a unique, online post-secondary school that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. UAC is responsible for helping thousands of individuals get the skills, experience, and credentials needed to advance their careers.


We offer seven distinct courses, teaching accounting skills such as bookkeeping and tax preparation


We have over forty years of experience changing the lives of people just like you


We offer a 12 month financing plan to help you pay your tuition so you can achieve your goals today

Trainings & Programs

Color Accounting™

Color Accounting™ is designed to make it easier to learn the fundamentals of accounting. It is an augmentation to the process that you know so well. Through the use of diagrams and logical colors, you will see graphically how accounting actually works. As a result, you will learn the language of business and understand how it can be applied to fundamental decisions.

Professional Bookkeeper™

The Professional Bookkeeper™ Certification Program was created to meet the high industry demand for qualified bookkeeping and accounting professionals. Completion of this program is your first step to accelerate your accounting and bookkeeping career

QuickBooks™ Specialist

The Universal Accounting® QuickBooks™ training course is designed to teach anybody how to use QuickBooks™. It is specifically tailored to meet the needs of small businesses. Mastering QuickBooks™ can help you improve your standing with a current employer or enhance your practice by adding setup, consultation, and help services to your menu.

Professional Tax Preparer™

Every company, large or small, is required to file taxes. That means tax preparation skills will always be in demand. Universal Accounting®’s Professional Tax Preparer™ program will teach you line by line how to complete individual and business returns so that you can either prepare taxes on the side or start your own full-time tax business.

Virtual Bookkeeper's Roadmap™

The Virtual Bookkeeping Business Roadmap gives you with the basics of building a solid foundation for your business. It ensures that you are working efficiently and profitably by providing you with the best practices when it comes to the back-office workflow.

Profit & Growth Expert™

This proven system empowers you to offer consultative accounting services as a valuable addition to traditional bookkeeping, accounting, and tax work. Learn the step by step process to help your clients turn a profit and empower yourself to serve as their Profit & Growth Expert™.

Profit First™ Professional

This certification is a must-have for any professional who consults with business owners. As their trusted profitability advisor, you become an integral part of your client’s success. By following our process outlined in Profit First™ Professional module, you can be certain that you will help them succeed.

Certified Value Builder™

Earn your Certified Value Builder™ designation and create a predictable recurring revenue stream for your firm. As a Certified Value Builder, you’ll have access to a suite of marketing resources and access to Practice Builder, our free one-on-one training program designed to kick start the growth of your value-building practice.

advanced Coaching Membership

This membership, you will work directly with Roger Knecht, president of Universal Accounting Center, to help your business thrive. Additionally this group will meet once per month over closed Facebook Group calls. These meeting will discuss key value drivers in relation to Marketing, Accounting and Production.

We Change Lives

Across the nation, we are helping individuals cultivate the expertise necessary to build highly profitable accounting firms. We aren't just teaching people accounting principles, we are giving them the tools and support necessary to unlock their own potential and give them life-changing freedom and flexibility in their careers. With our program you can accomplish in months what would otherwise take you years

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Our Impact

Here at Universal Accounting, we believe that it is our duty to give back. Thats why we partnered with Kiva, an international nonprofit on a mission to help underserved communities thrive by expanding their financial access.
Kiva does this through crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for those in need, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva’s work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.

Ask Us Anything

To learn how professional certification could help you in your career and explore whether Universal Accounting®’s at-home learning model is right for you, please give us a call. A friendly and knowledgeable UAC advisor would be happy to help you explore your options and uncover the right training solution and business plan to suit you.
Alf Bostrom, the founder of UAC, created our school with you in mind. During his 35 years in accounting, Alf noticed a deficiency in the university and college training programs for small business owners. Universities tended to orient their instruction toward the needs of large corporations, ignoring the daily tasks critical to a small business owner. UAC aims to give accountants the tools to specifically help small businesses.
To be admitted to one of Universals’ programs, applicants must have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate, and be beyond the age of compulsory high school attendance, as prescribed by Utah law (see Rule 152-34-4(3) of the Utah Administrative Code). To register for one of Universal’s income tax preparation courses, the student must have completed the Professional Bookkeeper™ program, or obtain a favorable review through interviewing with a Universal instructor or administrator.
Universal’s Professional Bookkeeper™ Professional Tax Preparer™ and QuickBooks Specialist™ designations are recognized by employers worldwide as the gold standard in small business training. In addition, graduates of a Universal Accounting® program will be provided with a Graduation Certificate for each completed field of study. Universal will also provide a Letter of Recommendation regarding the skills you have learned.
Flexible Distance Learning – Universal Accounting® programs are delivered through rich and engaging training videos, so you can get the skills to advance your career in a way that fits your life and learning style. That means no commute, no strict schedule, and no campus fees. Lessons can be reviewed as needed so you can fit learning around work, family, and other responsibilities. Accelerated Training – Get the skills you need to advance your career, without spending years or even months in school. This highly focused program was developed to give you the knowledge you need to succeed without unnecessary filler.  Career Support – As a UAC graduate, you’ll have the know-how to build your career and even start your own business – but you’re far from on your own. You can feel confident knowing you’re backed by experienced professionals who are happy to help, even long after you’ve finished your courses.
The tuition for each program varies and current promotions may apply. Tutions paid in full may be eligible for additional discounts. Student financing options are offered to all students with a simple down payment and recurring monthly payments for 12+ months. To determine which program(s) best meet your needs and know of any enrollment discounts please call 877-833-7909 or schedule a convenient time to speak now.
Yes, upon registration students are provided with workbooks and other classroom materials necessary to complete the course. The appropriate distance-learning instructional videos will be provided as well.
You’ll have lifetime access to continual resources and support from experienced accounting professionals – even after you finish and are working in the field.
Universal Accounting’s programs are delivered through convenient, online video tutorials. You set the pace and manage training around your schedule. Most of the programs are designed so that the Training & Certification can be completed in just 3-6 weeks.
Universal’s job placement assistance program consists of resume preparation, resume placement strategies and successful interviewing techniques. Graduates receiving the Professional Bookkeeper™ designation will be assigned a Personal Achievement Coach to assist them in their career pursuit. While we may provide job attainment information, we cannot make guarantees for employment.

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