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Why AccountingCoach? was started in 2003 to help people throughout the world learn and refresh their understanding of basic accounting and bookkeeping at no cost. This free website contains explanations of major topics, Q&A, quizzes, and much more. Our 2,023 glowing testimonials indicate that our materials are more clear than textbooks costing hundreds of dollars.

Later we created an additional option AccountingCoach PRO which contains premium materials such as interactive quick tests, visual tutorials, videos, and more. PRO also contains the content found on in high-quality PDF format so you can download and print all of our materials.

Features such as links to definitions, quizzes, puzzles, Q&A, quick tests, videos, visual tutorials, etc. enable people to improve and retain their accounting and bookkeeping skills without the cost of tuition, textbooks, child care, and travel. All you need to increase your knowledge, confidence, and value is access to the Internet.

About the Author

harold_averkamp_headshotHarold Averkamp, CPA, MBA, is known for his ability to explain accounting in a clear, concise and thorough manner. He is the sole author of all the instructional content on and AccountingCoach PRO.

Mr. Averkamp brings accounting to life by combining theory with real-world examples. His simple, clear and accurate explanations allow people without accounting backgrounds to master accounting concepts. See 2,023 testimonials.

His background includes 25 years of being a highly rated university accounting instructor and more than 25 years as an effective accountant and consultant for a variety of companies and organizations. He has spent the past 10 years effectively communicating accounting knowledge through the Internet.

Core Materials on

Prior to few students had the opportunity to learn accounting (or bookkeeping) from a CPA who had devoted his life to teaching accounting at a leading university for more than 25 years.

Since 2003 the AccountingCoach team lead by Harold Averkamp, CPA, MBA, has worked thousands of hours to provide world-class materials for learning accounting basics via the Internet. Today, people from all over the world can learn accounting and bookkeeping concepts using's Core Materials with:

  • NO cost
  • NO tuition
  • NO textbook purchase
  • NO travel or daycare cost

In addition, the Core Materials provide valuable benefits over traditional textbooks, study guides, and other costly resources. Some of the benefits include:

  • Clarity from 25 years of teaching and testing
  • Relevant examples from working with small businesses
  • Convenience of 24/7 access
  • Self-directed materials all written by Harold Averkamp
  • Self-paced to fit your needs
  • Links to definitions
  • 1,000+ Q&A
  • Quizzes for immediate feedback
  • Puzzles for another way to learn or review

To date more than 50 million people have visited and sent us 2,023 glowing testimonials. We are moved by these thoughtful expressions of appreciation.

PRO Materials

As the use of the free Core Materials on grows as well as the need to modify our content for mobile devices, our costs have become substantial. In order to keep the access to our Core Materials free, we developed some additional premium professional materials for which we charge a fee.

We refer to these resources as our PRO Materials and they include:

  • PDF versions of all our Core Materials
  • 1,780 Test Questions
  • Flashcards for 500 accounting and bookkeeping terms
  • Video seminar: Bookkeeping Basics
  • Video seminar: Understanding Financial Statements
  • Visual Tutorials
  • 87 Business forms
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