Accounting & Bookkeeping (US) Course

Make sure you’re on top of your accounts by taking our Accounting & Bookkeeping course for business minded individuals.

Everyone who works in a business has accounts. All Business and Accounting majors have accounts exams. We all know that they are hugely important, however few can claim to understand accounts properly.


Skillsology guides you through the complex maze of the accounting world by teaching in language that is easy to understand. Topics covered include payroll, shareholders' equity, balancing the books and preparing financial statements

Whether you are interested in becoming an Accountant or Bookkeeper or  simply want to understand more about the numbers at your business, our online course will teach you how to get on top of accounts painlessly.



  • Use the diagnostic tool before starting enabling us to tailor the course for you
  • The Course features engagingly written text-based articles, a series of practical exercises, Videos tutorials, and a multiple-choice test to benchmark and measure your progress
  • Contains 20 hours of learning materials but can be completed in as little as 12 hours of dedicated study
  • Provides 24/7 access to all learning materials from the date you register
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Section 1: Foundation


Unit 1.1 - What Accounting Can Do for Your Business

Why an understanding of bookkeeping and accounts helps you manage your business and make it more profitable.


Unit 1.2 - Key Decisions

Choose the right type of business including non-profit organisations ● Cash and accrual accounting ● Tracking key numbers ● The key roles


Unit 1.3 - The Language of Accounting

What are debits and credits and do banks always get them round the wrong way? ● Key terms explained ● Why cash isn’t profit and profit isn’t cash

Section 2: Organisation


Unit 2.1 - Organizing Your Accounts

How to get things to appear in the right place and knowing your assets from your liabilities and your income from your equity


Unit 2.2 - The Accounting Cycle

Understanding the accounting jigsaw ● From transactions to financial statements – how all the steps in the bookkeeping and accounting process fit together


Unit 2.3 - Computerized Accounting

The benefits of using a computerized system ● Are there any drawbacks? ● On your computer or online? ● The key players includingQuickBooks, Sage, Bookkeeper and Xero


Unit 2.4 - Computerized Accounting Behind the Scenes

Understanding what goes on in your computerized system and how your transactions inputs are turned into meaningful accounts

Section 3: Inventory & Sales


Unit 3.1 - Managing Inventory

Making sure you have what your customers want to buy when they want to buy it ● Knowing what your inventory cost you and how much you now have and what it’s worth


Unit 3.2 - Tracking Sales

Cash and credit sales ● Discounts and their impact on profit ● Managing account customers and dealing with bad debts


Unit 3.3 - Reconciling Cash

Cash in hand and bank accounts ● safeguarding your cash – the key controls to keep your cash safe ● Check up on your bank – the importance of the bank reconciliation

Section 4: Expenses


Unit 4.1 - Tracking Expenses

Business or private? How to identify expenses properly ● Keeping a tight grip on your costs ● Managing petty cash for smaller expense amounts


Unit 4.2 - Payroll

Who counts as an employee ● Getting the essential paperwork right ● Different ways of paying employees ● Benefits ● Dealing with government requirements


Unit 4.3 - Buying and Selling Long-Term Assets

How to deal with long term assets ● Different types of long-term assets ● How long-term assets appear in your accounts ● Intangible assets


Unit 4.4 - Liabilities

Liabilities explained ● Types of current liability ● Calculating current liabilities ● Types of noncurrent liability ● Calculating noncurrent liabilities


Unit 4.5 - Shareholders' Equity

Types of equity ● Recording equity transactions ● Dividends: key dates and recording dividends ● Equity disclosure in the Balance Sheet

Section 5: Bookkeeping


Unit 5.1 - Testing Your Books Balance

Why bother with a trial balance? ● Finding common bookkeeping and accounting errors and sorting them out


Unit 5.2 - Adjusting Entries

Moving from bookkeeping to accounting ● Getting a true view of how your business is really doing ● Depreciation ● Accruals and prepayments ● Corrections


Unit 5.3 - Preparing Financial Statements

The importance of financial statements ● From trial balance to your company results ● The income statements ● The balance sheet ● The cash flow statement


Unit 5.4 - Analyzing Profitability

Using your accounts to make business decisions ● The key accounts measures that tell you how well your business is doing ● Returns and margins


Unit 5.5 - Testing Liquidity

What’s liquidity? ● Why liquidity can be more important than profit ● The key ratios that can govern the survival of your business


Unit 5.6 - The Importance of Internal Controls

How the right controls can protect your business ● Safeguarding your cash ● Protecting against fraud and theft ● Employee bonding

Section 6: Taxes & Reporting


Unit 6.1 - Business Taxes

Understanding and calculating the most important business taxes ● Employee Taxes ● Sales Taxes ● Corporate Taxes


Unit 6.2 - Year End Government Reporting

The reports your accounting system needs to produce to send to government ● Dates and deadlines● Employee and payroll reports ● Tax reports


Unit 6.3 - Closing the Books

What you need to do at the end of each year ● The accounting entries that are necessary to get you ready for the next year


Pricing is for 12 months access.

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  • Required: none
  • Suggested: Microsoft Excel, Numbers or equivalent. Google Docs or Microsoft Web Apps could also be used.

Completion Time: 12 hours (average)

About the Author

Our author Lita, has an outstanding reputation for explaining essential accounts concepts clearly to business audiences. Lita has written this course with a practical focus explicitly in mind. We have overlaid the writings with some further practical examples and downloadable templates by our own in-house writing team. The course is also updated with responses to customer requests and updates in the world of accounts - you get all this for free.


Lita Epstein, MBA