Accounting Principles and Standards Course Overview
This course is designed to give some background on the fundamental accounting principles that underlie accounting standards and explore in more depth, some of the specific accounting standards commonly encountered by financial analysts. A good understanding of accounting standards is essential for reading and interpreting financial statements and in creating robust financial models.
Accounting Principles and Standards Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the fundamental accounting principles that underly more detailed accounting standards
- Understand why it is important to have as well as the characteristics of useful financial information
- Explain the common accounting standards that financial analysts frequently encounter such as:
- Accrual basis of accounting
- Revenue recognition principle
- Historical cost principle
- Matching principle
- Materiality principle
- Conservatism principle
- Full disclosure principle
- Identify the key standards when accounting for leases, incomes taxes, share-based payments, business combinations, and transactional costs
Accounting Principles and Standards is a Core Course of CFI’s FMVA® Program
CFI’s Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Program covers a critical body of knowledge that is necessary to become a world-class financial analyst, including financial analysis, financial modeling, valuation, dashboards, and data visualization. This program is designed in a practical and comprehensive way to help students grasp the in-demand industry knowledge and close the skills gap.
Who Should Take This FMVA® Course?
This Accounting Principles and Standards course covers the foundational knowledge every financial analyst should understand in order to perform sound financial reporting and analysis. Anyone who would like to start a career in investment banking, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), corporate development, equity research, and other areas of corporate finance should take this course to reinforce their accounting knowledge.
7 courses from beginner to intermediate level.01Optional
11 courses from beginner to intermediate level.02Required
Take 3 out of 11 courses at an advanced level.03Required
Submit your FMVA® checklist and order your certificate.04Required
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Get access to the Global Corporate Finance Society.05Optional
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Very well explained in detail terms such accounting versus taxable income, transaction costs, accounting offsets, ect.
The course covers the key principles of accounting and financial reporting standards, as well as practical matters on leases, taxes, stock option, M&A, and financing fee accounting. It is quite heavy on financial lingo and sometimes lacks simpler explanations, but the material is solid and useful.
The course is vast and has a relevant course structure. The instructor should teach in a more elaborated way and should include more examples.
I often felt the topics included difficult but the way they have explained the topics in simple language with practice in Excel help to understand the topic well