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List of Free Online Accountancy Tutorials and Courses

See our list of the top free online accountancy courses. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that's right for you.

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Online Courses for Credit

Free accountancy courses that require no registration or tuition are available online for those looking to learn without any obligations. These courses, however, do not provide any college credit. If you're trying to earn credit for school, you might consider the courses found on Study.com, which offer an engaging way to attain credit while learning about your interests. These courses include video lessons with accompanying transcripts as well as practice quizzes you can use to test yourself along the way.

Students looking into accountancy can check out Accounting 101: Financial Accounting, in which you'll study chapters like:

  • Mechanics of the Accounting Cycle - Study the accounting equation, ledgers and chart of accounts, debits and credits in accounting, and related accounting operations.
  • Statement of Cash Flows in Accounting - Flesh out cash flow statement patterns, preparing a statement of cash flows, making decisions based on cash flow statements, and other accounting concepts.
  • Receivables in Accounting - Review the principles of revenue recognition, receivables management, notes receivable, and related accounting terminology.

Free Online Tutorial and Course Info

Students looking for free online accountancy training won't be able to earn college credit. Many of these free online resources are offered through OpenCourseWare programs. Students can complete these tutorials and courses on their own time.

AccountingCoach

This website offers free readings, lesson samples, questions and answers, quizzes and crosswords. Forms, templates and seminar videos are only available for members with a paid subscription.

  • Financial Accounting covers accounting basics, cash flow statements, financial ratios, payroll accounting, stockholder's equity, bookkeeping and depreciation.

BizFilings

Lessons offered on this website feature readings, examples, diagrams and tips.

  • Accounting System and Accounting Basics covers the fundamentals of accounting, such as recording transactions, balancing financials and putting together financial statements. Students are presented with definitions of common accounting terms.
  • Accounting for Tax Purposes provides students with tips for preventing future federal tax audits and tracking business-related expenditures.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Financial Accounting covers accrual accounting principles, annual reports, financial ratios, revenue recognition, long-lived assets, cash flow and marketable securities; lecture notes and accounting recitations are available as PDFs.
  • Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting offers access to exams, assignments and lecture notes; students can learn about indirect allocation of costs, long-term debt, balance sheets, current liabilities, cost of goods sold and depreciation.
  • Management Accounting and Control provides students with lecture notes and final exam guidelines. Topics include the nature of costs, cost allocation, standard costs, organizational economics, absorption cost systems, performance measurement and balanced scorecards.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Management Accounting features video recordings of course lectures. Topics covered during these lectures include activities management, financial reports, product-cost analysis, statement of cash flows, break-even analysis, cost concepts and financial transaction recording.

The Open University

Content is offered by this website via reading materials and assignments.

  • Influences on Accounting Regulation is recommended for master's-level students. Topics covered include stewardship, accounting rules, means of regulation, taxation, financial reporting objectives and national economics.
  • Introduction to the Context of Accounting is an advanced course, and students may learn about accounting information systems, accountant roles and accounting firm objectives.

Simplestudies

This website's tutorials are offered through readings, diagrams and charts. While some tutorials are free, others are only available through a subscription.

  • Financial Accounting tutorials include accounting basics, double-entry accounting systems, accounting for inventories, accounting in merchandising companies and accounting for accruals.
  • Managerial Accounting can access free tutorials in manufacturing and non-manufacturing costs, accounting cost behavior and accounting cost-volume-profit analysis.

University of Alaska - Anchorage

  • Principles of Financial Accounting covers accounting information for business decisions, financial statements, inventory analysis, current liabilities and accounting information systems. This resource from 2003 also includes PowerPoint presentations, optional homework assignments and practice exams.
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