Accounting Professional Training Diploma

Course Description

This course is essential for accounting and finance employees in every company as it covers the rules and regulations under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) blended with practical knowledge for recording and reporting financial data. It is a technical accounting course which starts with financial statements and goes into the details. The course also tackles the definitions and meanings of the main accounts, such as ‘cash and cash equivalents’, ‘Available for Sale’ (AFS), and some equity accounts, which employees do not see daily, and, as a result, forget how to treat. Also, this course covers topics such as proper account classifications such as ‘noncurrent assets’ or ‘noncurrent liabilities’ and, the rules that require different classifications.

Furthermore, this course highlights for participants different depreciation methods for various types of assets as well as cost capitalization rules and impairment rules for assets. We also cover interesting and sometimes controversial topics such as ‘leases’ and correcting errors, which will engage participants in conceptual thinking and discussions.

Course Methodology

The course relies on presentations and explanations supported by examples from the consultant. Participants will solve exercises, participate in workshops, and go through an exam to earn their certificate.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Enhance their accounting knowledge by learning how to account for income measurement and recognition
  • Demonstrate knowledge of accounting for long-lived assets and intangibles
  • Explain current liabilities, contingencies, long-term liabilities, and bonds
  • Apply to account for operating and capital leases and understand how it will affect the income statement and balance sheet
  • Account for various investment types, such as those available for sale, trading, and holding to maturity
  • Identify equity stock transactions, including dividends and stock splits
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the rules of accounting changes and errors.
Target Audience

Accountants, senior accountants, chief accountants, accounting managers, general ledger accountants, corporate accountants, and professionals interested in upgrading, enhancing, and refreshing their accounting skills.

Target Competencies
  • Applying IFRS
  • Recording and reporting accounting transactions
  • Calculating doubtful debts and inventory loss of value
  • Accounting for current assets per IFRS
  • Capitalizing assets’ costs per IFRS
  • Differentiating between expenses and capitalized costs
  • Classifying assets and liabilities properly

Course Outline

  • Accounting: the language of business
    • The environment of financial reporting
    • The balance sheet
    • Statement of Shareholders’ equity
    • The income statement
    • The cash flow statement
  • Cash and receivables
    • Accounting for cash and cash equivalents
    • Accounting for accounts receivable
  • Inventory life cycle
    • Accounting for inventory, costing, and measurement
    • Computation of COGS using inventory costing methods
    • Inventory valuations
  • Property, plant, equipment and intangibles
    • Accounting for purchased assets
    • Asset capitalization rules
    • Depreciation methods
      • Straight line depreciation
      • Units of production
      • Double declining
    • Maintenance and repairs: expensing or capitalizing
    • Accounting for retired, sold, and written-off assets
    • Depletion of natural resources
    • Intangible assets
  • Liabilities
    • Accounts payable and accruals
    • Advances and refundable deposits
    • Warranty obligations and contingencies
    • Accounting for bonds
  • Accounting for leases
    • Classification criteria
    • Operating lease
    • Capital lease
  • Investment reporting and classification
    • Reporting categories for investments
    • Trading securities
    • Securities are available for sale
    • Debt held to maturity
    • Equity method
  • Shareholders’ equity
    • Equity capital
    • Stock subscriptions and stock splits
    • Authorized, issued, and outstanding shares
    • Comprehensive income and loss
  • Accounting changes and errors
    • Restatements and prior period adjustments
    • Accounting for a change in an estimate, principle, and reporting entity
    • Accounting for the correction of errors

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