Overview

Accounting Fundamentals Course Overview

Understanding the basics of accounting is a crucial skill for almost all finance professionals as it gives us insight into profitability, operations, growth, and the underlying drivers of the business. The Accounting Fundamentals course covers the importance of the financial statements and various financial statement terms. We will record transactions and prepare an multi-year income statement, balance sheet, and cashflow statement.


Accounting Fundamentals Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role and importance of the financial statements.
  • Define various financial statement terms
  • Explore the format of the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.
  • Record financial statement transactions.
  • Understand how transactions move through the financial statements.
  • Prepare simple financial statements.

Who Should Take This Free Accounting Course?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to review the fundamentals and building blocks of the accounting process. It will also be useful for professionals who work in finance and want to review the concepts required for financial modeling and valuation in CFI’s later courses.

Accounting Fundamentals

4.9

Level 2

Approx 5h to complete

100% online and self-paced

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What you'll learn

Lesson
Multimedia
Exams
Files

This Course is Part of the Following Programs

Why stop here? Expand your skills and show your expertise with the professional certifications, specializations, and CPE credits you’re already on your way to earning.

Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA®) Certification

  • Skills Learned Financial modeling and valuation, sensitivity analysis, strategy
  • Career Prep Investment banking and equity research, FP&A, corporate development

Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA®) Certification

  • Skills Learned Financial Analysis, Credit Structuring, Risk Management
  • Career Prep Commercial Banking, Credit Analyst, Private Lending

Financial Planning & Wealth Management (FPWM™) Certification

  • Skills Learned Financial Learning, Business Development, Investment Management, Practice Management, Relationship Management
  • Career Prep Financial Planner, Investment Advisor, Portfolio Manager

FinTech Industry Professional (FTIP™)

  • Skills Learned Financial Technology Fundamentals, Data Science and Machine Learning, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain
  • Career Prep Data Science and Machine Learning, Data Analyst, Business Analyst, Software Developer

What Our Members Say

Simple and Practical
Unlike several other courses i have taken and read to pass, this is so practical that the knowledge sticks

Oluwadamilola Adeife

Highly interactive course
I'm delighted with the 'Accounting Fundamentals' course! It's not only great but also highly interactive. The way it blends key concepts with hands-on activities makes learning engaging and effective. Thank you!

Rizza Mae R. Lagat

It was an interesting experience
The course really exceeded my expectations. The instructor was well educated and interactive. I really enjoyed learning about the basics of accounting. The video solutions for the assignments were also well-covered and thoroughly explained.

Mohit Sharma

Tremendous Learning
This was a great course that took the time to walk you through the materials, providing both simple and then more complex examples so you can work through the learning process.

Robert Biffle

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What are the requirements to take the courses?
All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection. Click here to view the Technical Requirements
Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
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You will have yearly access to the courses as long as you maintain an active subscription. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
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Yes, CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
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Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
How are the exams conducted?
Students are required to complete an online assessment (Multiple choice questions, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams on your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need. Students are also required to complete the FMVA® final exam to earn their certification. How to Take a Qualified Assessment
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Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and to help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
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