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Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers



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A manager's performance is frequently measured by how effectively they oversee departmental budgets. With this training course, you will apply the fundamentals of finance to improve budget management, increase potential profits, assess the financial performance of business activities, and transform accounting concepts into decision-making tools that you can successfully apply.

You Will Learn How To

  • Integrate financial concepts and policies into the management decision and budgeting process
  • Evaluate the financial viability of projects
  • Employ cash flow to analyze business status
  • Calculate the cost of business activities
  • Control business operations through effective budget management

Important Course Information

Course Preparation:

  • Attendees must bring a four-function calculator that performs addition, subtraction, multiplication and division functions

Course Outline

  • Why Finance Matters
  • Demystifying financial jargon
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Public vs. private financial methodologies
  • Accountability and responsibility
  • The Key Building Blocks of Financial Control

Decoding the income statement

  • Differentiating income, operating and capital expense items
  • Putting the pieces together to measure profit and business success
  • When a sale becomes a sale: sales recognition

Analyzing the balance sheet

  • Evaluating the worth of an established business
  • Distinguishing between fixed and current assets and liabilities
  • Defining depreciation and amortization
  • Linking the income statement to the balance sheet
  • Shareholder equity
  • Cash Flow: The Lifeblood of Organizations

Making the key connection between business activity and cash flow

  • Differentiating between cash flow, profit and net worth
  • Connecting cash management to line management
  • Credit and cash flow
  • How much cash is enough?

The importance of depreciation and amortization

  • How depreciation impacts your budget over time
  • Methods for calculating depreciation
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various key methods
  • Impacting the management budget
  • Managing a Profit or Cost Center

Selecting the best costing method for your situation

  • Absorption, marginal, activity-based costing
  • Determining costs in service businesses
  • Avoiding costing traps

The unique features of project costing

  • Estimating project duration and future costs
  • Leveraging debt to your advantage
  • Anticipating problems using cost control
  • Making estimates based on incomplete information

Choosing projects that optimize shareholders' interests

  • Making the financial case using ROI
  • Advantages and disadvantages of ROI, payback, discounted cash flow (DCF) and NPV techniques
  • Selecting viable projects
  • A Manager's Guide to Budgeting

Recognizing that budgets are more than numbers

  • Budgeting as sociology, not accounting
  • The politics of getting a budget approved
  • The relationship between a well-designed budget and how others measure your performance
  • Managing effectively within budgeting constraints

Comparing budget approaches

  • Top-down
  • Bottom-up

Types of budgets

  • Incremental
  • Zero-based
  • Rolling
  • Others
  • Developing the budget numbers

Budgeting as a planning and control tool

  • Using the budget to control the business
  • Limiting factors
  • Budget process and coordination
  • Forecasting sales revenues and expenses
  • Adjusting the budget to reality
  • Pulling It All Together
  • Applying financial tools and concepts in the real world
  • Evaluating a company's health through its annual report
  • Comparing public and private sector practices
  • Recognizing potential traps in creative accounting
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Course Tuition Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

Free Course Exam
You can take your Learning Tree course exam on the last day of your course or online any time after class.


Training Hours

Standard Course Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
*Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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Earn 17 Credits from NASBA

This course qualifies for 17 CPE credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CPE program. NOTE: Only live, in-class attendance qualifies for NASBA CPEs. Read more ...

Earn 17 PDUs

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and PMBOK are marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

This course is approved by PMI® for 17 professional development units (PDUs). For more on the Project Management Institute and a full list of courses approved for PDUs.

Technical : 9 PDUs
Leadership : 1 PDUs
Business & Strategic : 7 PDUs

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