Available Classes for Newbies, Intermediate Students and Experts
Comprehensive lessons leading to a certificate
Gatlin Education offers a collection of lessons entitled “Bookkeeping the Easy Way with QuickBooks." This course is designed for the knowledgeable newbie with a rudimentary understanding of basic accounting procedures, and progresses all the way through preparing the fledgling bookkeeper to take charge of a small business’ accounting. Since Gatlin partners with local colleges to offer this online course, the cost will vary. You have six months to finish the classes that total roughly 140 hours.
The DETC-accredited US Career Institute also offers a certificate program in bookkeeping. You receive five instruction packs that cover accounting cycles, AR and AP maintenance, basic depreciation and purchase discounts, payroll accounting and closing books on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. This is a highly detailed course that you may complete in as little as four months. The total cost of the program -- as of July 2011 -- is $689.
Free Internet Bookkeeping Classes to Brush Up on Skills
If you already have some knowledge but want to brush up on some areas of bookkeeping, consider signing up for an on-demand free accounting course from the Small Business Development Center of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Free 90 minute audio and video presentations explain the profit and loss statement, how to prepare a balance sheet and how to set up a cash budget. Another section of the free classes encompass tax lessons for the preparation of sole proprietor business taxes, partnerships and also corporations. These classes are available with Spanish subtitles.
Intermediate and Expert Bookkeepers
Free accounting topics that offer tutorials in general as well as highly specialized bookkeeping disciplines may be found at the College Cram website. These intensive lessons skip the fluff and only offer the bare bones facts. If you have a hard time digesting a large amount of facts in a short period of time, you may have a difficult time with these classes. On the flip side, if you are an intermediate or experienced bookkeeper, who just needs to brush up on a few skills or quickly learn a new aptitude, then this online bookkeeping courses site is for you.