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Completing the Accounting Cycle

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Completing the Accounting Cycle
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • This is a continuation of our series of accounting courses that will greatly increase your knowledge and understanding of the theory of accounting and accounting practices. This free online accounting course explains the processes used to close your accounts at the end of an accounting period, from creating a worksheet that facilitates the generation of the Income Statement and Retained Earnings statement to the generation of the Balance sheet. You will also be shown how a Classified Balance sheet is broken down into current and long-term assets and liabilities. The important Current Ratio figure is calculated and explained in context. You will also learn a little about the history of accounting systems and the impact of computerization on the process. This free online accounting course will be of great interest to entrepreneurs and business professionals who would like to get a thorough introduction to accounting principles, and to any learner who is interested in accounting as a future career.

  • At the end of this course the learner will be able to:
    - Prepare a work sheet for a service company;
    - Summarize the steps in the accounting cycle;
    - Prepare an income statement, statement of retained earnings, and balance sheet using information contained in the work sheet; - Prepare adjusting and closing entries using information contained in the work sheet;
    - Analyze and use the financial results - the current ratio;
    - Prepare a post-closing trial balance;
    - Describe the evolution of accounting systems;
    - Prepare a classified balance sheet;

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to celebrate and share your success. It is:

    • Ideal to include with CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results

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