Cost Accounting Training Course

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  • In the Cost Accounting Training Course, you will learn the accounting process used for the recording, classifying, analyzing, summarizing, allocating, and evaluating all key costs, including inventory valuation, job costing, production process costing, standard costing, and fixed costs such overhead and depreciation of capital equipment, to enable management to consider various alternative courses of action and control of costs based on cost efficiency and company capability.  
  • Receive training from a business professional with 30+ years of experience.
  • Four ways to learn: Public ClassWebinarSelf-Study, or On-Site.
  • Classes limited to four students for maximum learning.
  • Certificate issued on completion.
  • Cost: Five-day class $2,999.00. Available Discounts.
  • The class schedule is located in the right column. 


This five-day class packs the essentials you need to know for your future in a unique ten module format that is well organized, practical, and concise. You gain a thorough understanding of cost concepts, cost behavior, and cost accounting techniques as they apply to manufacturing and service businesses. 

To ensure your understanding, the class introduces concepts in small, manageable sections that are immediately reinforced with proven questions, demonstration problems, practice exercises, and quizzes. You master the fundamentals of job order costing and process costing before progressing to more advanced topics, such as budgeting, standard costing, and variance analysis, costing for service businesses, and cost analysis for management decisions. 

Focus on the skills that will take you far in today’s competitive job market as you learn how to determine the costs of products and services accurately and how to set effective selling prices. Learn the techniques to measure accurately the performance of managers within an organization and to use accounting to motivate managers toward an organization’s goals. Find the relevant approach you need with the real cost accounting skills that will take you far in business today.

Cost Accounting: The Missing Component of Supply Chain Management

One of the first questions I ask our Warehouse Management students is, “Do you know your operating costs?”, and our Production Planning Management students, “Do you know the cost to produce one of your items?” After five years of training, I can count on one hand how many students were able to answer these questions, which immediately tells me their company does not utilize cost accounting.

The reason students are unable to answer the question is their company only has what is called management and financial accounting in place. Management accounting focuses on historical and estimated data management needs to conduct ongoing operations and do long-range planning. The purpose of management accounting is to accumulate financial information for use in making economic decisions.

Financial accounting focuses on gathering historical financial information to be used in preparing financial statements that meet the needs of investors, creditors, and other external users of financial information. The statements include a balance sheet, income statement, retained earnings statement, and statement of cash flows. Although these financial statements are useful to management as well as to external users, additional reports, schedules, and analyses are required for management’s use in planning and controlling operations.

Management and financial accounting focus on the company’s operations as a whole and cannot provide the detail necessary to accurately determine product costs and pricing. At best all they can do is provide averages. In addition, cost accounting provides the detailed cost information management needs to control current operations and plan for the future. Management uses this information to decide how to allocate resources to the most efficient and profitable areas of the business.

Cost accounting enables management to accurately allocate costs such as raw materials, labor, and other factory resources to the products using them instead of averaging them over all products. Without cost accounting, expenses such as major investments in physical assets, developing the workforce, depreciation, taxes, insurance, utilities, machine maintenance and repair, materials handling, production setup, production scheduling selling and administrative expenses are usually lumped together to create an overhead rate which is added to a product as an overhead markup. The true cost of a product is never determined which means the company is charging too much for some products and not enough for others.

Principles of cost accounting have been developed to enable manufacturers to process the many different costs associated with manufacturing and to provide built-in control features. The information produced by a cost accounting system provides a basis for determining accurate product costs and selling prices, and it helps management to plan and control operations.

Determining Product Costs and Pricing

Cost accounting procedures provide the means to determine product costs that enable the preparation of meaningful financial statements and other reports needed to manage a business. The cost accounting information system must be designed to permit the determination of unit costs as well as total product costs.

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Recommended CPE credit: 40
Recommended field of study: Accounting
Program level: Advanced.
Advance preparation: None
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Module One: Introduction to Cost    Accounting

Uses of cost accounting information
Professional ethics, CMA certification, and corporate governance
Relationship of cost accounting and financial and management accounting
Elements of manufacturing costs
Illustration of accounting for manufacturing
Cost accounting systems
Illustration of a job order cost system

Module Two: Accounting for Materials

Materials control
Materials control procedures
Accounting for materials
Just-in-time materials control
Scrap, spoiled goods, and defective work

Module Three: Accounting for Labor

Wage plans
Controlling labor cost
Accounting for labor costs andemployers’ payroll taxes
Payroll accrual
Special labor cost problems

Module Four: Accounting for Factory Overhead

Identifying cost behavior patterns
Analyzing semi-variable factory overhead costs
Budgeting factory overhead costs
Accounting for actual factory overhead
Accounting for actual and applied factory
Distributing service department expenses
Applying factory overhead to production

Module Five: Process Cost Accounting-General Procedures

Comparison of basic cost systems
Product cost in a process cost system
Work in progress inventories
Cost of production summary – one department, no beginning inventory
Cost of production summary – one department, beginning inventory
Cost of production summary – multiple departments, no beginning inventory
Cost of production summary – multiple departments, beginning inventory
Changes in prior department’s unit transfer cost​

Module Six: Process Cost Accounting-Additional Procedures

Accounting for Joint Products and By-Products Equivalent production – materials not uniformly available
Units lost in production
Units gained in production
Equivalent production: first in, first out method
Joint products and by-products

Module Seven: The Master Budget    and Flexible Budgeting

Principles of budgeting
Preparing the master budget
Flexible budgeting
Preparing the flexible budget for factory overhead

Module Eight: Standard Cost    Accounting-Materials, Labor, and  Factory Overhead

Types of standards
Determination of variances
Accounting for variances
Interpreting variances
Features of a standard cost accounting system
Illustration of standard cost in a departmentalized factory
Analysis of factory overhead standard cost variances
Two-variance method of analysis
Four-variance method of analysis
Three-variance method of analysis

Module Nine: Cost Accounting for    Service Businesses and the    Balanced Scorecard

Job order costing for service businesses
Budgeting for service businesses
Activity-based costing in a service firm
Allocations using simplified costing versus activity-based costing
The balanced scorecard and quality costs<
Meaning of the cost of quality

Module Ten: Cost Analysis for    Management Decision Making

Variable costing absorption costing
Merits and limitations of variable costing
Segment reporting for profitability analysis
Cost-volume profit analysis
Contribution margin ratio and margin of safety
Effect of income tax on break-even point


Cost Accounting Training
Average Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Votes: 2
Reviews: 2

Awesome class learned a lot. Very knowledgable teacher. K. K.
Carlsbad, NM

I will recommend this class to my co-workers who do not have an accounting background.

A. O.
Cincinnati, OH


Monday-Friday, October 21 – 25, 2019
Wed., Thurs., and Fri.,  Nov. 19 – 22, 2019 Full
Monday-Friday, December 16 – 20, 2019
Monday-Friday, January 20 – 24, 2020
Monday-Friday, February 17 – 21, 2020
Monday-Friday, March 16 – 20, 2020
Monday-Friday, April 20 – 24, 2020
Monday-Friday, May 18 – 22, 2020
Monday-Friday, June 15 – 19, 2020

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