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Why AccountingCoach?

AccountingCoach.com was launched in 2003 to help people throughout the world learn, refresh, and deepen their understanding of introductory accounting and bookkeeping at no cost. The free website (option #1) contains explanations, quizzes, Q&A, and more for 30 major topics. On the website we have posted the 2,023 testimonials we received because our materials are easier to understand than accounting textbooks costing hundreds of dollars.

In 2007 we created a second option, which has evolved into AccountingCoach PRO. PRO contains premium materials such as interactive quick tests, visual tutorials, video seminars, business forms and more. In early 2017 we added progress tracking and seven Quick Tests with Coaching to the PRO option.

Later in 2017 (after a year of development) we introduced a third option AccountingCoach PRO Plus to provide the much-requested certificates of achievement. This third option includes all the materials from PRO, plus three certificates of achievement: Debits and Credits, Adjusting Entries, and Financial Statements. The certificates are earned by achieving a grade of at least 70% on each of the certificate exams. (The certificate exam questions vary with each attempt and they are not released.)

All three of our options (AccountingCoach.com, AccountingCoach PRO, and AccountingCoach PRO Plus) enable people to improve and retain their accounting and bookkeeping skills without the cost of tuition, textbooks, child care, and travel. (PRO and PRO Plus have a modest, one-time cost for lifetime access.) With Internet access you can increase your knowledge, confidence, and value at little or no cost.

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 AccountingCoach.com, AccountingCoach PRO, and AccountingCoach PRO Plus.

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 AccountingCoach.com

Prior to AccountingCoach.com 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 AccountingCoach.com'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, millions of people have visited AccountingCoach.com and sent us 2,023 glowing testimonials. We are moved by these thoughtful expressions of appreciation.

PRO and PRO Plus Materials

As the use of the free Core Materials on AccountingCoach.com grows, 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 PRO Plus materials and they include:

  • PDF versions of all our Core Materials
  • 1,800+ Test Questions
  • Flashcards for 500 accounting and bookkeeping terms
  • Video Seminar: Bookkeeping Basics
  • Video Seminar: Understanding Financial Statements
  • Visual Tutorials
  • Cheat Sheets
  • 85 Business forms
  • Progress Tracking
  • Debits and Credits Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
  • Adjusting Entries Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
  • Financial Statements Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
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