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Everyone from small business owners to global corporations count on individuals who have successfully completed bookkeeping training to help keep their finances in order.

Stratford’s Bookkeeping home training course could help you learn the fundamentals needed to work toward a rewarding career in this important career field.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is $42,410.*
Introduction to Bookkeeping
• Bookkeeping Goals and Values
• The Bookkeeping Mindset
• The History of Bookkeeping
• Computers and Bookkeeping Personnel
• A Day in the Life of a Bookkeeping Professional
• A Glossary of Accounting and Bookkeeping Documents

Fundamental Bookkeeping Practices
• The Purpose of Bookkeeping
• The Balance Sheet
• The Income Statement
• Analyzing Transactions
• Steps in The Bookkeeping Process
• The Journal and the Ledger
• Preparation of Financial Statements

The Accounting Cycle
• Adjusting Entries, Income Statement, Balance Sheet
• Preparation of Closing Entries
• Revisiting the Accounting Cycle
• Post Closing Entries and Trial Balance
• Practicing the Steps in the Accounting Cycle
• Buying Merchandise Inventory
• Selling Merchandise Inventory
• Preparing Financial Statements for a Merchandise Company

Intermediate Bookkeeping Techniques
• Subsidiary Ledgers and Special Journals
• Using the Special Journals
• Payroll and Taxes
• Dealing with Cash
• The Statement of Cash Flows
• Accounting for Partnerships
• Closing the Books
This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021 Edition
Is bookkeeping the same as accounting?
While some of the same principles apply to both accounting and bookkeeping, the two areas of study are different. Bookkeeping specifically deals with keeping track of the financial books and/or records of various types of monetary transactions for a business. Accounting can include bookkeeping, but branches out to include other areas such as investments and funds management.

Can I get a job as a bookkeeper after taking this course?
Stratford’s Bookkeeping course is designed to help prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed for an entry level bookkeeping job.
Bookkeeping Program

"Bookkeeping is the second course I have taken from this school. I feel very fortunate to have found a school like Stratford to fulfill my needs."

Miriam P.