Basic Bookkeeping

This course gives a basic understanding of manual accounting procedures, debit and credit theory and how to extract accounting transactions from source documents.

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Beginner, Intermediate
Basic Bookkeeping Level 1: 30 Hours

Basic Bookkeeping Level 2: 20 Hours

What you'll learn
  • Double Entry Bookkeeping
  • Income Statement
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Net Worth Statements
  • Purchase Journal
  • Vendor Invoices
  • Cash Receipts and Disbursements
  • The General Journal
  • Reversing Entries
  • Closing the Books
  • Trial Balance
  • Account Receivables
  • Account Payable
  • Business Ownership
  • Reconciling the Bank Account
  • Balance Sheet
  • Financial Statements
  • Depreciation and Amortization
  • Capital Assets
  • Computerized Accounting Systems

Course Introduction

Basic Bookkeeping Level 1 course provides students with an understanding of the double-entry system of bookkeeping and provides essential accounting tools for the workplace. The course explains the principles of handling a company’s books of accounts, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll. During the course students will practice entering data into journals, posting to ledgers, balancing the ledgers, performing trial balances, and entering adjustments into the records.

Basic Bookkeeping Level 2 course provides students with a greater understanding of accounting and the procedures used to produce financial reports. This course explains the principles of handling a company’s petty cash account, reconciling the company’s bank account, calculating amortization and calculating the gain/loss on disposal of capital assets. During the course, students examine the Income Statement, the Statement of Owner’s Equity and the Balance Sheet, and then practice completing these financial statements. Finally, students learn briefly about the transition from a manual to a computerized bookkeeping system.

For those with limited experience in bookkeeping, we have provided a supplement at the end of the workbook that contains information on the routines of bookkeeping, the accounting cycle, important percentages, accountability for work done, procedures to guarantee the accuracy, monthly versus year-end procedures and safekeeping records.

Course Outlines

Basic Bookkeeping Level 1

Lesson 1:

The History of Double Entry Bookkeeping; Personal Income Statements; Personal Net Worth Statements; Developing a Chart of Accounts; Bookkeeping for Debits and Credits; the Double Entry Concept

Lesson 2:

The Books of Original Entry; the Purchases Journal; Vendors’ Invoices; the Sales Journal; Sales Invoices

Lesson 3:

Cash Receipts Journal; Cash Disbursements Journal

Lesson 4:

The Company Payroll; Using Deduction Tables; the Payroll Clearing Account; Remitting Payroll Deductions

Lesson 5:

The General Journal; The General Ledger; Posting to the General Ledger; Understanding and Posting Subsidiary Ledgers; the General Ledger Trial Balance

Lesson 6:

Adjusting Entries; Closing the Books; Reversing Entries

Basic Bookkeeping Level 2

Lesson 1:

Review of Bookkeeping Procedures; Trial Balance of Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Ledgers

Lesson 2:

Forms of Business Ownership; Types of Business Organizations

Lesson 3:

Petty Cash; Reconciling the Bank Account

Lesson 4:

Capital Assets; Depreciation and Amortization; Disposal of Capital Assets

Lesson 5:

The Income Statement; The Statement of Owner’s Equity; The Balance Sheet; Preparation of Financial Statements

Lesson 6:

The Transition; Introduction to Simply Accounting 2005; Setting up a Computerized Accounting System; The Subsidiary Ledgers; The Payroll Ledger; Daily Transactions and Monthly Procedures

Course Notes

There is a final exam upon completion of the course. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

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