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Certificate in Bookkeeping

This course will provide an overview of the accounting equation and the basic principles underlying the double entry system of accounting. It will include but not be limited to the function and purpose of accounting and its key concepts, a look at the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements, and the basic and expanded accounting equation and its connection to the double-entry method of accounting. 

This course will take a close look at the difference between the general journal and the general ledger, the chart of accounts, and fundamental rules in respect of when to debit or credit an account. It will include but not be limited to the definition and purpose of general journals, account categories, and how to prepare journal entries. 

This course will provide an introduction to the General Ledger and the Trial Balance, and will include but not be limited to the process of posting source journals to the general ledger, how to calculate closing balances of general ledger accounts, as well as the purpose of a trial balance and how to prepare one. 

This course will provide an introduction and overview of depreciation and will include but not be limited to the purpose of depreciation, how to calculate depreciation and the different calculation methods, as well as how to prepare journal entries using the straight-line method or the diminishing balance method. 

This course will provide an introduction to cash basis and accruals basis accounting concepts, and will include but not be limited to the purpose of adjusting entries, the key adjusting entries that need to be made at the end of the financial year, and how to interpret and prepare the balance day adjustments for a range of adjusting entries.

This course will take a close look at the purpose of financial statements, and will include but not be limited to the Profit & Loss Statement and the Balance Sheet and how to prepare these statements, the purpose of inventory and the two common inventory systems, how to prepare journal entries, and how to calculate the year-end stock adjustment. 

This course will provide an introduction to Value Added Tax (VAT) and how this affects small businesses. It will include but not be limited to an overview of VAT in Ireland, the key terms and basic principles of GST, the obligations a business has once they are registered for VAT, how to calculate VAT on a product or service as well as how to complete a basic BAS return. 

This course will take a look at the fundamentals of payroll and payroll management concepts, and will include but not be limited to employee record information that must be retained, the purpose of checking payroll data and how to reconcile payroll information, the different types of employees and how to determine the PAYG withholding tax that is to be deducted from wages.

This course is comprised of two sections. The first section provides an introduction to online accounts software Sage One and will include but not be limited to how to create a company in Sage, how to record products and services and how to prepare invoices. The second section will provide an introduction to the basics of working with Quickbooks Essentials, including but not limited to how to create a company in QuickBooks, how to import transactions, prepare invoices, and customise and export reports.

This course will provide an overview of how to use Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, Bank Reconciliation & Managing Accounts in Xero, Xero Sales, Invoicing, Quotes & Inventory, plus Purchase & Bills.  

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel, including but not limited to the key functions within the software including formulas, functions and data manipulation, how to add content to spreadsheets as well as formatting styles.

This course will take a close look at the preparation of budgets, forecasts and cash flow management, including but not limited to the purpose of a budget and forecast, the importance and advantages of budgeting, how to prepare a budget and how to compare actual results with analyse variances as well as a look at the cash conversion cycle. 

Start your own Business

This course will provide an introduction to setting up a business, including but not limited to the various types of business structures, how to define a business using a mission statement, identifying target markets, start-up costs and how to calculate a minimum charge out rate.

This course will provide an introduction and overview of all of the tools, information and activities needed to build a business plan, including but not limited to how to get started in business, understanding markets and developing a business plan.

This course will provide an introduction to effective business marketing and social media, including but not limited to the benefits and two main types of market research, methods for using target marketing, the importance of competitor analysis, the core elements of the marketing mix and the use of social media as a marketing tool.

This course will take a look how to plan for profit and will include but not be limited to the difference between the cost and price of products and services, the various cost categories and the process involved in costing products and services, as well as the importance of the break-even point. 

This course will take a close look at financial statement analysis, including but not limited to how to analyse trends, how to calculate ratios and how to analyse the results.

After completing the above courses/modules, you’ll receive one hour of mentoring from our experienced and knowledgeable business mentors. They’re there to answer your questions and provide insight into how you can turn the practical skills you’ve learnt into a fully-fledged business. 

 
 
 

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This course takes approximately 220 hours, and you’ll have up to 12 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as a Bookkeeper. These jobs in Ireland earn approximately €35,000 per year but can be as high as €43,050 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 01 437 8559 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Career Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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