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Certificate in Bookkeeping & Diploma in Xero Course Guide

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Certificate in Bookkeeping & Diploma in Xero Course Guide

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 an overview of adjusting entries, a look at the key adjusting entries that need to be made at the end of the financial year, and how to 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 provides an introduction to the fundamentals of Value Added Tax (VAT) with regards to small businesses. It will include but not be limited to the key terms and concepts used when dealing with VAT, how to complete simple VAT calculations, and the requirements for registering for VAT, invoicing, record keeping, filing and paying VAT.
This course will take a look at the fundamentals of payroll with regards to small businesses, with a focus on the employer responsibilities and obligations towards the various employee types. It will include but not be limited to termination and minimal notice periods, the four methods of calculating PAYE, benefits in kind and a look at the Universal Social Charge (USC) and who it applies too.
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 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. 

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.

Certificate in Xero

This course will provide an introduction and basic overview of Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, the system requirements for Xero, and how to navigate the Xero Dashboard.
This course will provide an introduction to the Chart of Accounts in Xero and will include but not be limited to the process of accessing the Chart of Accounts, adding new accounts, account classifications and their code ranges, as well as the process that the Xero program applies for tax settings.
This course will provide an introduction to managing contacts in Xero, and will include but not be limited to the process for creating new customers, suppliers and employees in Xero, how to import and export contacts, as well as the process for archiving contacts.
This course will take a look at Xero invoicing, sales, quotes and inventory, including but not limited to the different invoice types available in Xero, customer statements, inventory, and how to create invoices, repeating invoices, quotes and credit notes.
This course will provide an introduction to working with purchases and bills in Xero, including but not limited to the process for managing bills, repeating bills and credit notes in Xero, how to perform batch payments and send remittance advice.
This course will take a look at bank reconciliation in Xero, and will include but not be limited to the process of bank feeds in Xero, how overpayments and prepayments work, and the various bank reconciliation options.
This course will provide an introduction to the Xero Report Centre, and will look at how to generate and view interactive reports in Xero, how to customise, publish and export reports, and the process of creating GST reports and filing a GST return.
This course will provide an introduction to Xero’s add-ons and apps, and will include but not be limited to an overview of four Xero add-ons built and owned by Xero and a look at the Xero App Marketplace.
Complete a practical case study based assessment using Xero.

Certificate in Xero Payroll

This course will provide an introduction and basic overview of Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, the system requirements for Xero, and how to navigate the Xero Dashboard.
This course will provide an introduction to setting up the Xero Payroll module, and will include but not be limited to how to assign users with payroll administration access, how to create pay calendars, and how to create holiday groups.
This course will provide a close look at payroll items in Xero, including but not limited to pay item categories, earnings rates, deductions and reimbursement pay items as well as leave items.
This course will take a look at new employees and leave requests in Xero, and will include but not be limited to setting up employees, entering opening balances, and assigning leave.
This course will provide an introduction to pay templates in Xero, and will include but not be limited to how to produce new pay templates, how to apply changes to pay templates and how to apply changes to employee earnings.
This course will take a close look at creating and posting pay runs in Xero, and will include but not be limited to processing pay runs, creating unscheduled pay runs, reverting posted pay runs and modifying draft payslips.
This course will provide an overview of payslips and payroll reporting in Xero, and will include but not be limited to accessing historical payslips for employees and how to locate and produce payroll reports.
Complete a practical case study based assessment using Xero.

Advanced Certificate in Xero

This course will provide an introduction and basic overview of Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, the system requirements for Xero, and how to navigate the Xero Dashboard.
This course will provide an in-depth overview of aged receivables and payables, a fundamental area for business owners and accounting staff. This includes but is not limited to the aged receivables and payables process and reports, as well as the cash conversion cycle and ratio reports.
This course will provide an overview of fixed assets in Xero, including but not limited to the process for setting up fixed assets, how to view the fixed asset register and disposal schedule, depreciation options and processes, and the fixed asset reconciliation report.
This course will look at how to access the budgeting module in Xero and will include information on the purpose of creating and working to a budget, how to create an overall budget in Xero, and instructions on how to import or export budgets and generate budget reports.
This course will provide guidance on how to set up tracking categories to monitor and analyse different areas of a business, and will include but is not limited to the process for creating tracking categories in Xero, the tracking of budgets and payroll expenses, and how to produce reports with tracking categories.
This course will provide an in-depth look at the reporting options in Xero, including but not limited to an overview of the wide range of reports that can be generated in Xero, GST Return and Reconciliation, and a look at ratio analysis and ratio categories.
This course will provide a close look at the useful tool of creating fully customised templates in Xero, and will include but not be limited to the process of creating and assigning branded themes to invoices, purchase orders and credit notes, making a custom branded theme the new default theme, as well as the process of modifying or deleting existing templates.
This course will provide an introduction to the many features and tools of Xero Projects and Xero Expenses, both Xero products offered as optional integrations to add to a Xero subscription. It will include but not be limited to information on how to add tasks, project quotes and staff cost rates in Xero Projects, as well as how to create, approve, decline and analyse expenses and mileage claims in Xero Expenses.
Complete a practical case study based assessment using Xero.

Official Xero Advisor Certification

Receive access to Xero’s official advisor certification. This contains assessment questions to test your knowledge and understanding of Xero, based on what you have learned in the Certificate in Xero, Certificate in Xero Payroll and Advanced Certificate in Xero. This certification is issued by Xero and is a frequent request of employers.
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This course takes approximately 180 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 apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon completing this course, you could obtain work as a Bookkeeper or Administrator. 

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The Official Xero Advisor Certification is provided/delivered by Xero. Once you have completed your training course with TCA, we will refer you to Xero, where you will undertake the official Xero Advisor Certification process. Upon achieving successful Xero Advisor Certification, Xero will award you the certification.

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