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Intro to Financial Accounting

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Learn how to analyze financial statements and reports. Master financial accounting fundamentals such as accrual accounting, the three main financial statements, and the metrics and ratios analysts use. This course is taught using hands-on exercises from financial statements of well-known companies. We'll go through real-life examples, by walking through actual 10-K's to gain a better understanding of how the accounting concepts learned in this...

Thursday Nov 2nd, 10am–5pm Eastern Time


How to Speak Accounting

American Management Association

Where are they getting those numbers? If you've ever asked that question, you need Accounting 101! Become familiar with common accounting concepts and buzzwords used by accounting insiders, all in just a few hours. You'll develop a baseline of financial understanding...clear up any confusion between different kinds of financial statements...and identify their purpose and relation to each other. You'll also gain an understanding of the accounting...

Tuesday Oct 17th, 2–4:30pm Eastern Time

Fundamentals of Cost Accounting

American Management Association

Manufacturers have a multitude of costs that must be included in inventory and cost of goods sold: material, labor, direct variable costs, indirect variable costs and fixed costs. You will learn how to properly identify these costs. Using multiple case studies, this seminar will provide you with detailed information on the various techniques companies have devised to apply all these costs to inventory. Doing so ensures that inventory and cost of...

Wednesday Nov 15th, 9am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

American Management Association

Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers Can you demonstrate your value and ROI to your boss? Are you able to interpret financial reports and make decisions based on the data they provide? Can you draft an accurate budget? Can you justify your ideas in dollars and cents? You didn’t get to this point in your career only to be held back by weak financial skills. This program for non-financial...

Monday Sep 25th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

CISA Exam Boot Camp

cPrime @ Virtual Classroom

The CISA certification training course will begin with a review of the IS audit process based upon internationally accepted audit standards. The student will learn methods for conducting a risk assessment as well as techniques to successfully evaluate the effectiveness of Information Technology (IT) controls based upon the identified risks. Students will also become familiar with Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) from an IS auditor’s...

Monday Nov 13th, 8:30am–4:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

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Bookkeeping Fundamentals

Digital Workshop Center

In the Bookkeeping Fundamentals workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of bookkeeping and best practices for a bookkeeper on the job.  Learning from an expert instructor, students will go through the workflow of bookkeeping practices from creating accounts, debits and credits, and preparing statements. Objectives Upon successful completion of the Bookkeeping Fundamentals​ workshop, students will be able to: Account...

Tuesday Nov 28th, 1–4:30pm Mountain Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

QuickBooks Desktop Part I (Online)

Computer Training Source, Inc. @ Online Classroom

QuickBooks is a very popular small business accounting software. You’ll learn how to invoice, receive payments and make deposits. We’ll enter bills, print checks, void checks and do manual checks, do journal entries, enter credit card charges, set up a petty cash account, set up a loan, customize your chart of accounts, and reconcile your checking account. We’ll also customize and filter reports. Course Outline: Lesson 1 – Getting Started...

Tuesday Oct 3rd, 9am–4pm Central Time

QuickBooks Online for Beginners

Digital Workshop Center

QuickBooks Online Beginners classes will teach you about the essential information you need to track in your business, and how to enter that information into QuickBooks. By the time you complete QuickBooks training, you will build confidence in your accounting software package to save time and organize business finances. QuickBooks Online courses are taught by a bookkeeping expert and each student will work in a sample company file to be able...

Tuesday Dec 19th, 1–4:30pm Mountain Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

QuickBooks Online Part I (Online)

Computer Training Source, Inc. @ Online Classroom

This class involves the practical use of QuickBooks Online with a mock company. The students will be introduced to the platform. Practice entering/editing/deleting bills, checks, invoices, and credit card transactions in realistic workflow scenarios. As well as setup Items/Services/Inventory, Purchase Orders, and Sales Tax. We will review basic reports. The students will also work on reconciling credit card and bank statements. Payroll is not included....

Wednesday Oct 11th, 9am–4pm Central Time

QuickBooks Desktop Part II (Online)

Computer Training Source, Inc. @ Online Classroom

We will cover the more advanced features of QuickBooks such as payroll, customizing invoices and other forms, job costing features of QuickBooks Pro, progress invoicing, inventory, and sales tax.  Prerequisite: You must take our regular QuickBooks class (or have used QuickBooks for at least three months) before taking this class. Course Outline: Lesson 1 – Memorizing Transactions Lesson 2 – Customizing Forms Lesson 3 – Using Other...

Wednesday Oct 4th, 9am–4pm Central Time

Payroll Fundamentals

Digital Workshop Center

In the Payroll Fundamentals workshop, students will learn what it takes to properly record and distribute payroll as a professional bookkeeper. Taught by QuickBooks Pro Advisors, this class will walk students through the various classifications of employees, best practices for taxes, and recording related payroll expenses properly. Payroll involves a lot of variables to record properly and this class will help you with the job-ready skills to be...

Thursday Dec 7th, 1–4:30pm Mountain Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Selling to Major Accounts: A Strategic Approach

American Management Association

You can no longer afford to expend energy on account development without a plan or focus. Major account selling requires a long cycle and a big investment of resources. That’s why today’s successful sales professionals are more than just tactical pros…they’re strategic experts. Now, in this account management training seminar, learn how to develop a strategic selling plan that will save you time, money and hassles by identifying the right...

Monday Nov 6th, 11am–7pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Financial Modeling Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Learn essential finance & accounting concepts while building a comprehensive discounted cash flow (DCF) model in Excel. In this 3-day intensive financial modeling class, you’ll go from beginner to advanced in Excel skillset; learn Finance, Accounting, and Corporate Valuation; and build a comprehensive Financial Model on a real company. This course has a Prerequisite: Prior financial experience is helpful, but not required. Those without...

Wednesday Oct 25th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Financial Analyst Training Program

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

In this financial analyst program, you'll gain basic and intermediate skills in Excel, review corporate finance and financial accounting concepts, and build a comprehensive valuation model on a public company. This bootcamp is the most effective and affordable course to gain the skills you need to succeed at a top financial firm. Core Excel Skills: Build a strong foundation in Excel with formulas, functions, Pivot Tables, and shortcuts. Advanced...

Monday Oct 23rd, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

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Discover the Best Accounting Classes Online

Accounting in today's workplace is a great deal more than just reckoning beans. It's a complex discipline, complex enough that you can fill an entire four-year bachelor's degree program with it and still have more to learn. Accounting is keeping track of a business' money, where it is, where it's going, and how much there's going to be afterward. Since companies are designed to make money, and money is counted in numbers, everything in business eventually comes down to numbers, and accountants are the people who keep track of them. Whereas it might once have sufficed to maintain ledgers for accounts payable and accounts receivable, things like payroll, taxes, and SEC filings for publicly-held companies have made accounting into a virtual science and accountants into highly skilled applied mathematicians.

Why You Should Learn Accounting Online

Learning accounting can get you started on a well-paying and stable career: even when a company goes under, the accountants are the very last people to get laid off. There is a steady need for accountants of all types, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts stable growth in the profession for the years 2021-30. If not exactly the most glamorous of careers, accounting is a dependable one, and it needn't be as boring as accounting jokes make it out to be. To the numerically-minded, numbers can be compelling, and there is definite job satisfaction in getting a balance sheet to balance.

For small businesses just starting out, learning to be your own accountant can save you money on hiring a professional and allow you to keep track of how much money you have in the business. Even if your company has grown beyond that stage and you do need a professional accountant to help out with the numbers, you can only benefit from understanding accounting procedures and being able to read your own balance sheet. Money is too important a commodity for you not to know how to keep track of it.

Finally, being accounting-literate can stand you in good stead, whatever your role. There are executives who have to be sent to remedial accounting bootcamp because they can't "read" numbers. Knowledge of accounting procedures (and not only the most basic of them) can be a great help to just about any career since, sooner or later, a balance sheet is going to make its way to your desk, and you'll be expected to know how to read it.

Virtual Accounting Classes

The virtual classroom has emerged in the past twenty years as a respected learning modality. In a live online class, you have the same real-time access to the teacher that you have in a live in-person class, as the proceedings take place in real-time, so ask a question, and you shall receive an answer. Live in-person and live online courses are fully comparable, with several sizable advantages in the convenience department as credits on the online class' side of the ledger. The biggest of these is that you don't have to go to class: you can follow the proceedings from any place that has a stable internet connection. You're thus spared commuting time and hassle and can go to school from the comfort of your own space, be that your home or your office. In addition, the breadth of your selection of online accounting classes is much wider than that which is available in your locality, even if that should be a major city.

If you're interested in wading in at the shallow end of the metaphoric accounting pool, the American Management Association can offer you How to Speak Accounting. In the space of an afternoon, you'll learn the fundamentals of accounting terminology and get over your fear of being found out as an accounting illiterate who doesn't know a balance sheet from a cash-flow statement. If you need more of a background in financial terminology and practices, the AMA has you covered with Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers, a two-day course that starts off with defining assets and liabilities and distinguishing a journal from a ledger and works its way through to cost accounting, payback method, and break-even analysis. AMA classes are interactive and taught by professionals with experience in teaching as well as in accounting.

If you're instead trying to make head or tail out of accounting procedures so that you can keep your own books, Colorado-based Digital Workshop Center, a provider of all manner of professional development classes, bootcamps, and certificate programs, teaches a Bookkeeping Fundamentals class for beginners that teaches the basics of accounting along with their application to the use of QuickBooks. The class runs for three weekday afternoons (Mountain Time).

Digital Workshop Center has you covered if you need more than just the fundamentals, too: QuickBooks Online for Beginners also runs for three afternoons and, using an intensive and hands-on approach, gives students with small businesses the knowledge they require to track their business' financials using the popular software. If your business has expanded to the point at which you have a payroll, you may also wish to consider Payroll Fundamentals, which will teach you how to use QuickBooks to manage paying your employees like a professional accountant.

Another option for learning QuickBooks is provided by Chicago-based Computer Training Source. Their QuickBooks Desktop Part I starts at the beginning and teaches students how to manage inventory, sales, invoicing, and processing payments. The class has a follow-up in the form of QuickBooks Desktop Part II, which goes into reports, graphs, and payroll.

Not all online accounting classes focus on basic bookkeeping. Something very different but highly useful to those who are already working in accounting roles in companies that conduct international commerce is the series of classes in International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS) offered by IASeminars. IFRS differs from the prevailing standard in the United States (GAAP, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.) To comply with IFRS requirements, considerable study is required, whence classes in such topics as A Focus on IFRS 9 Financial Instruments,  A Focus on IFRS 15 Revenue, and A Focus on IFRS 36 Impairment of Assets. Those aren't the only topics covered in the internationally-minded IASeminars course listing: they also teach a series of classes in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting, beginning with an Introduction to ESG Reporting that will be of assistance to accountants, lawyers, managers and investor relations professionals alike.

Also far afield from the basic accounting classes described above is the Financial Modeling Bootcamp from New York-based Noble Desktop. The course teaches students how to construct a discounted cash flow (DCF) model using Excel and has participants build a complete financial model using real-life corporate data. They, therefore, perform the kind of financial analysis they'd be performing on the job as opposed to merely solving hypothetical accounting problems.

Online vs. In-Person Accounting Classes

If you want to take an accounting class, that class can take one of three forms: a live class on traditional school premises, a live class across the internet, or a video tutorial. Of these three options, the first is likely the one with which you're most familiar since it's how you were taught to learn beginning in preschool, but that is no reason to despise the second option, the virtual class. Far from being an invention of the pandemic years, the use of the internet as an instrument of higher education dates back to the 1980s, and it has since imposed itself as an effective learning modality.

There will certainly always be people who feel they will learn best in a live classroom in which they share the same airspace with their instructor. In an online class, you're admittedly not breathing the same air as the teacher, but you both interact at the same moment in time and, thus, can exchange questions and answers as though you were occupying the same spatial coordinates as well. You can even get called on by the teacher and show off how much you've learned to the amazement of your virtual classmates.

You can't deny that an online class is more convenient than one you have to attend in person. Especially when you're tired from a long day, you'll appreciate being able to go home, put on something stretchy and comfortable, and sit in your favorite chair while you attend class. Yes, there may be something to get used to when you switch from traditional schooling to the online variety, but you can navigate the learning curve easily, and you'll be used to online learning in no time. If you find that the course that best suits your needs is an online one, and you've never taken an online class, by all means, give it a whirl. If you hate it, you'll know never to try it again; if you're like most people, however, you'll find you've discovered a handy tool for your continuing professional education. 

Can I Learn Accounting for Free Online?

An additional and even more convenient option for online learning is the video tutorial: a series of pre-recorded classes that teach you when and where you want, but, unfortunately, without the possibility of feedback from the teacher. Will this work with such an involved and meticulous subject as accounting? Yes and no. You can certainly get a good idea of what accounting is all about by watching videos, be they paid (on platforms like Udemy or Coursera) or free (on YouTube.) You can probably even use video tutorials to learn how to carry out basic accounting procedures using QuickBooks. You will, however, hit a wall sooner rather than later, and as the subject matter becomes more intricate, you're going to need to be able to ask questions and receive human feedback if you're ever going to be able to understand intermediate and advanced accounting procedures.

What to Learn After Accounting

Is there life after an accounting class? Yes, of course, although that life is going to involve more classes. Top-notch bean-counting skills will get you part of the way with your career in corporate numbers, but there are some softer skills you're going to need as well, especially when your job brings you face-to-face with non-accountants. Number one on that list is being able to manage the words that come between the numbers on the reports you're writing. To that end, you may well wish to consider the 2-Day Business Writing Workshop given by the American Management Association.

While you're polishing your written communication skills, you might also consider adding some luster to your verbal communication skills as well. Another American Management Association class can come to your aid here: the Business Communication Certificate Program takes three full days to complete and enables participants to develop a communication style all their own. In addition to that program, which concentrates mostly on one-to-one workplace communication, you can think about signing up for something along the lines of Zenspeak Public Speaking Center's ten-session intensive class, Overcome Your Public Speaking Fear. Lots of people dread having to give oral presentations, although the path to business success is paved with being able to speak coherently in front of a conference room full of colleagues and managers. A class in public speaking can work wonders and stand you well above the crowd, both at work and when the dreaded occasion of having to give a best-man (or maid-of-honor) speech rears its ugly head. If you're not sure about committing to the ten-class program, a trial class is available to help you decide.