Cost Accounting Fundamentals: Essential Concepts and Examples

14 Credits: Accounting


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Cost Accounting Fundamentals: Essential Concepts and Examples

Course Level
CPE Credits

14 Credits: Accounting

Course Description

Cost accounting is a critical field for accountants and finance professionals, characterized by its intricate concepts and diverse methodologies. Cost Accounting Fundamentals addresses the complex nature of this area, offering a comprehensive guide for both practicing accountants and students. Are you challenged by the multifaceted aspects of inventory valuation, product pricing, and cost analysis methods? This course meticulously explains key cost accounting concepts, illustrated through numerous examples. It delves into various significant topics including job costing, process costing, standard costing, activity-based costing, and capital budgeting analysis. Moreover, it provides a detailed insight into the role of cost accounting in product pricing, handling waste products, and understanding the cost of quality. By participating in this course, you will gain the skills to effectively apply these concepts in real-world scenarios, enhancing your professional competency in the diverse and demanding field of cost accounting.

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Learning Objectives

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

Chapter 1

  • Identify the situations in which we use cost accounting.

Chapter 2

  • List and recognize the responsibilities and necessary qualifications of the cost accountant.

Chapter 3

  • Cite the types of costs involved in the study of cost accounting.

Chapter 4

  • Recognize the methods available for deriving inventory costs and the cost of goods sold.

Chapter 5

  • Identify when you should use job costing, and compile the cost of a job.

Chapter 6

  • Recognize when you should use process costing, and use the various methods for compiling process costs.

Chapter 7

  • Recognize when to use standard costing, create standard costs, and calculate variances from the standards.

Chapter 8

  • Identify the various methods for allocating joint costs, as well as the effects of allocations on profitability.

Chapter 9

  • Identify the proper accounting for various types of spoilage, rework, and scrap.

Chapter 10

  • Recognize the types of costs to include in the formulation of a product price, and the circumstances under which these costs may be included or excluded.

Chapter 11

  • Identify the process by which target costs are derived and how that target can be met.

Chapter 12

  • Recognize the process by which target costs are derived and how that target can be met.

Chapter 13

  • Identify the circumstances under which direct costing can be used as an analysis tool.

Chapter 14

  • Recognize the process for compiling activity-based costs, as well as how allocation bases, cost pools, and activity drivers are used.

Chapter 15

  • Recognize the components of constraint analysis and how to use this analysis to improve profits.

Chapter 16

  • Recall the various methods for reviewing a capital budgeting proposal.

Chapter 17

  • Cite the methods used to accumulate costs and the circumstances in which they are most useful.

Chapter 18

  • Identify the extent to which costs can change in reaction to different circumstances.

Chapter 19

  • Identify the types of costs associated with the quality concept.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
September 27, 2022

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

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Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …