Finance and Accounting Training for Nonfinancial Managers

Course 281

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Language: English
  • 17 NASBA CPE Credits (live, in-class training only)
  • 17 PMI PDUs
  • Level: Foundation

A manager's performance is frequently measured by how effectively they oversee departmental budgets. With this Finance for Nonfinancial Managers 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.

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

Finance and Accounting Training for Nonfinancial Managers Delivery Methods

  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • Learning Tree end-of-course exam included

Finance and Accounting Training for Nonfinancial Managers Course Benefits

Integrate financial concepts and policies into the management decision and budgeting processEvaluate the financial viability of projectsEmploy cash flow to analyze business statusCalculate the cost of business activitiesControl business operations through effective budget management

Finance for Nonfinancial Managers Course Outline

  • Demystifying financial jargon
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Public vs. private financial methodologies
  • Accountability and responsibility

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

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

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

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
  • 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 FAQs

Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want, including online training.

Yes, you can receive PDUs from the Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers course.

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