Computer Software and Applications
There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

If you work in an accounting department, it's likely that at some point in your career you'll be using QuickBooks. In QuickBooks Pro 2014, L. Keith Jordan calls on his decades of experience to explain how QuickBooks can help streamline the accounting process for your organization. In this course, he'll cover the more basic aspects of QuickBooks Pro 2014, teaching the student how to:

  • Set up a QuickBooks company file
  • Work with preferences, items, lists, and forms
  • Work with the Fixed Asset Item List and the Loan Manager
  • Create purchase orders, accounts payable transactions, and automated and manual checks
  • Create customer invoices, receive payments, and make deposits
  • Process payroll transactions and create payroll checks
  • Modify forms to create a customized appearance
  • Create journal entries and understand when they are needed
  • Reconcile bank accounts
  • Create, modify, and export reports
  • Maintain QuickBooks company data files


L. Keith Jordan, CPA

L. Keith Jordan, CPA, has 40 years of experience in accounting, supervision, and management. His experience in industry includes work in many roles, including as a general accountant, cost and budgeting accountant, accounts payable supervisor, and property accountant. His work eventually led him to become a company controller. Keith also has experience in academic administration, where he served as the controller/business manager for a higher-education component campus.

In addition to his accounting duties, Keith’s responsibilities have included network administration, software programming, and information technology development and coordination. With his emphasis on business applications software, his ability to use or create software applications to meet accounting and business needs has often helped him increase or extend organizational capability and effectiveness.

Keith is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a QuickBooks Affiliate. For several years, his sideline practice included teaching QuickBooks in a classroom environment and helping clients with management, accounting, and QuickBooks issues.

While he currently continues to offer consulting services, Keith is primarily engaged in technical writing and editing. He has been steadily producing QuickBooks self-study CPE courses since 2000, including for Western CPE. He also creates and presents webinars on a wide variety of topics.

Keith is proud to have been a contributing author to Intuit’s QuickBooks 2011 ProAdvisor certification course. He authored the Check for Understanding Quizzes and the CPE Assessment to ensure compliance with NASBA criteria, both of which received accolades from students as having made a resounding improvement to the testing materials.

Course Specifics

Computer Software and Applications
Jan 5, 2018
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Identify the categories and versions of QuickBooks currently available and compare the features available in the Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Editions.
  • Recognize for whom QuickBooks is best suited, determine if QuickBooks meets company needs, and recommend the correct setup in single and multi-user environments.

Chapter 2

  • Cite how to use QuickBooks to open a new company file and initialize the chart of accounts.
  • Identify how to add and edit company information in QuickBooks.

Chapter 3

  • Identify the basic elements of the QuickBooks Home Page and define the role of lists and forms in QuickBooks.
  • Identify preference settings.

Chapter 4

  • Identify features of the Chart of Accounts list and explain how to access, add to, and edit the Chart of Accounts list.
  • Recognize the differences between an account and a subaccount when viewing the Chart of Accounts list, locate non-posting accounts on the Chart of Accounts list, and contrast non-posting accounts to posting accounts.

Chapter 5

  • Identify the purpose for and uses of items and the item list, and name several item types.
  • Cite for whom QuickBooks is best suited, determine if QuickBooks meets company needs, and recommend the correct setup in single and multi-user environments.

Chapter 6

  • Recognize basic payroll features and recommend from the alternatives available.
  • Note how to set up payroll information in QuickBooks to use basic payroll features and employ user-defined fields to customize captured information.

Chapter 7

  • Identify the basic elements of modifiable QuickBooks forms and demonstrate how to modify forms to use classes in multiple distribution transactions.
  • Identify when to use available form options to design and modify QuickBooks forms to better meet the needs of the entity.

Chapter 8

  • Recognize how to enter transactions via journal entries, payroll timesheets, and other QuickBooks forms, and utilize features available in QuickBooks Pro to control fixed assets and loans.
  • Identify how to memorize and print or batch print transactions.

 Chapter 9

  • Note how to use the bank reconciliation feature of QuickBooks and describe QuickBooks options available to help during reconciliation.
  • Decide the best approach for entering credit card transactions into QuickBooks.

 Chapter 10

  • Identify when to utilize reports and graphs features available in QuickBooks and demonstrate how to export QuickBooks report data for use with external applications.
  • Cite QuickBooks utilities related to file maintenance, such as making backups.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – An Overview

Learning Objectives

Features Overview

Network or Standalone

Notes to the Student

General Comments and Display Issues

Is QuickBooks Pro for Everyone?

Practice Exercise

Chapter 1 – Review Questions

Chapter 2 – Getting Started

Learning Objectives

Opening QuickBooks

Case Study: Celebration Creations

Chapter 2 – Review Questions

Chapter 3 – The Basics

Learning Objectives

Home Page

Basic Concepts


Practice Exercises

Chapter 3 – Review Questions

Chapter 4 – The Chart of Accounts

Learning Objectives

Viewing the Chart of Accounts

Adding or Editing Accounts

Practice Exercise

Chapter 4 – Review Questions

Chapter 5 – The Item List

Learning Objectives

What are Items?

Setting up Sales Tax

Multiple List Entries and Duplicating Items

Chapter 5(A) Case Study Exercise: Celebration Creations

Chapter 5(B) Case Study Exercise: Celebration Creations

Chapter 5 – Review Questions

Chapter 6 – Payroll

Learning Objectives

The Changing Face of Payroll

Setting Up Manual Payroll Processing in QuickBooks

Chapter 6 Case Study Exercise: Celebration Creations

Chapter 6 – Review Questions

Chapter 7 – Forms

Learning Objectives

Modifying Forms

Practice Exercise

Chapter 7

Case Study Exercise: Celebration Creations

Instructions for Creating a Logo

Chapter 7 – Review Questions

Chapter 8 – Recording Transactions

Learning Objectives

The Next Step

Journal Entries

Fixed Asset List and Depreciation

Loan Manager

Time Tracking

Memorizing Transactions

Printing Transactions

A Word of Caution

Chapter 8 Case Study Exercise: Celebration Creations

Instructions for Setting up a Bank Account for Operating Cash

Chapter 8 – Review Questions

Chapter 9 – Reconciliation

Learning Objectives

Bank Statements

Credit Cards

Case Study Exercise: Celebration Creations

Instructions for Setting up a Credit Card Account

Chapter 9 – Review Questions

Chapter 10 – Analysis and Maintenance

Learning Objectives





Chapter 10 – Review Questions

Appendix A – Practice Exercise Feedback

Review Question Answers and Rationales



Qualified Assessment

Answer Sheet

Course Evaluation


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