About the Author and Our Materials

About Harold Averkamp (CPA, MBA)

harold_averkamp_headshotHarold Averkamp, CPA, MBA, is known for his ability to explain accounting in a clear, concise and thorough manner. His background includes 25 years of being a highly rated university accounting instructor as well as an effective accountant and consultant for a variety of companies and organizations in various sectors (including retail, services, and manufacturing). He has spent the past 19 years developing AccountingCoach.com.

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. Read 2,239 testimonials.

He is the sole author of all the instructional content on AccountingCoach.com, AccountingCoach PRO, and AccountingCoach PRO Plus.

Some of Harold Averkamp's credentials include:

  • Senior lecturer emeritus in accounting at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • MBA, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston IL
  • Accounting degree with honors, Marquette University
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) award for excellence in counseling
  • Author of Keeping Your Parish Financially Healthy, published by Paulist Press
  • Finance chairperson and consultant to a number of churches

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
  • 1,100+ 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 2,239 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
  • Bookkeeping Video Training
  • Financial Statements Video Training
  • 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)
  • Balance Sheet Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
  • Income Statement Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
  • Cash Flow Statement Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
  • Working Capital and Liquidity Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
  • Financial Ratios Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
  • Bank Reconciliation Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
  • Payroll Accounting Certificate of Achievement (PRO Plus only)
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