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Bookkeeping certification prep course curriculum

Our Bookkeeping certification prep course curriculum covers basic bookkeeping and accounting practices and teaches you how to analyze, verify, and record financial transactions. You will dive into the world of payroll, purchasing, inventories, budgeting, cost control, and more. Apply your new skills at small businesses or within the accounting departments of large corporations.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Concepts in Small Business and Self-Employment  

Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowdfunding and angel investors.

Lesson Group 2: The Basics of General Bookkeeping

Introduction to Bookkeeping  

Defines the skills and knowledge required of bookkeepers and the role of the bookkeeper within the structure of an accounting department. Introduces students to the basic terminology and equations of the accounting process as they specifically apply to bookkeeping.

Charts of Accounts and Ledgers  

Introduces students to the charts of accounts and the possible interpretations and setups possible for the charts of accounts in different business structures. Students will also learn the process of making general ledger and subledger journal entries to record sales, purchases, payments and cash receipts.

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Program Description

In the Bookkeeping program students will learn the basics of bookkeeping and accounting practices that analyze, verify and post details of financial transactions for small companies or as part of an accounting department in larger companies. Program coverage includes instruction on the accounting equation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, purchasing, inventory, budgets, and the controls and records management required to maintain accurate and compliant company accounts.

Program Objectives

After completing the Bookkeeping program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the role and duties of a bookkeeper within the framework of required accounting activities in a business setting.
  2. Explain and apply the concepts of cash and accrual accounting, double entry bookkeeping and debits and credits.
  3. Prepare payroll transactions ranging from paying wages to depositing and reporting taxes.
  4. Make appropriate and accurate accounting entries for a variety of financial records.
  5. Define fixed assets, depreciation and amortization, including different methods of calculating depreciation for book and tax purposes.
  6. Assist in using basic internal controls to prevent theft, embezzlement, or check and credit card fraud by employees, vendors, or customers.
  7. Prepare required documents for Budgeting, Internal Controls and Record Retention.

The tools to grow your career

In as few as four months, our Bookkeeping certification prep course curriculum teaches you skills requested by employers of all shapes and sizes. Plus, while you’re enrolled and after graduation, you will have exclusive access to career advice, job search assistance, and a network of employers looking for people with your skill set. Ashworth College offers these exclusive Career Tools to help you discover new opportunities and support your professional goals.

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