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Accounting in 60 Minutes - A Brief Introduction

Learn the very basics of accounting in just about an hour.


  • No prerequisite knowledge is required!

NASBA CPE accredited course National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) NASBA CPE credits: 2.0 Recommended NASBA field of study: Accounting Program level: Basic To earn NASBA CPE credits:

  • Complete all videos

  • Score 70% or higher on final exam

Glossary: Find PDF attached to the first lecture of this course. Completion to obtain CPE should be accomplished a year after purchase date. If you undertake this course for NASBA CPE credits, please complete the Self Study Course Evaluation. Udemy is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: For additional information including refunds and complaints, please see Udemy Terms of Use. For more information regarding administrative policies, please contact our support. Show less

Description This is not your typical accounting course! Professor Turner has taught thousands of students basic accounting. He has developed shortcuts and analogies to make learning accounting easy. If you want to understand this subject in a simple, fun way then this brief introductory course is for you. This course will show you the very basics of accounting. You can complete it in about an hour. The course includes videos of the instructor at the whiteboard. You will complete simple quizzes to reinforce what you have learned. This course is intended for business owners, business students, managers or anyone who wants to understand basic accounting. It presents the information in an understandable format. Even if you have taken an accounting course you will find the material insightful. The course introduces

  • The Accounting Equation (One you can understand!)

  • Balance Sheets

  • Income Statements

  • Debits and Credits (And how to know which is which!)

  • Why Profit Does Not Equal Cash!

If you have dreaded the thought of learning accounting, this is exactly the introduction you will welcome! Why should take this course? You are a business owner. You want your business to succeed and you know that you need a better understanding of how the numbers are put together. You are a manager. You deal with accounting staff, bookkeepers, owners and subordinates. You hear accounting terms daily but you want to know more about what accounting means. You are a business student. You dread taking your first accounting course. Or maybe you are in an introductory class right now. It all sounds so complicated. You want to find a simple explanation of what you are trying to learn. You are an accounting student. You feel that you really did not get a firm grasp of the basics. You would like to start from scratch in an easy to learn format. CPE (Continuing Professional Education) Learning Objectives

  1. Apply the basic accounting formula

  2. Identify assets, liabilities and equity

  3. Describe how the income statement and balance sheet are connected

  4. Recognize why profit does not equal cash

  5. Interpret a balance sheet

  6. Predict when an account increases with a debit or increase with a credit

  7. Summarize the purpose of a trial balance

  8. Differentiate income statement accounts from balance sheet accounts

For additional information, including refunds and complaints, please see Udemy Terms of Use, which is linked from the footer of this page. For more information regarding administrative policies, please contact our support using the Help and Support link at the bottom of this page. Who this course is for:

  • business owners

  • managers

  • business students

  • beginning accounting students

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