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Cost Accounting: The Missing Component of Supply Chain Management

One of first questions I ask our Warehouse Management students is, “Do you know your operating costs?”, and our Production Planning Management students, “Do you know the cost to produce one of your items?” After five years of training, I can count on one hand how many students were able to answer these questions, which immediately tells me their company does not utilize cost accounting.

The reason students are unable to answer the question is their company only has what is called management and financial accounting in place.
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  • Receive training in the industry recommended cost accounting procedures and best practices.
  • Receive training from a business professional with 30+ years of experience.
  • Four ways to learn: Public ClassWebinarSelf-Study, or On-Site.
  • Classes limited to four students for maximum learning.
  • Cost: Five-day class $2,999.00 Click for Available Discounts.


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Each Student Receives:

  • A textbook for use during and after the class.
  • Instruction from an experienced business professional (minimum of 30 years) with at least five years in a corporate senior management position (CEO, President, COO, Vice President, CFO).
  • Real life exercises to support training materials.
  • Individual attention (classes are limited to four students).
  • Personalized Certificate of Completion. 

Cost Accounting Training course

Cost Accounting Training Course Outline

Module One: Introduction to Cost


Uses of cost accounting information

Professional ethics, CMA certification, and

     corporate governance

Relationship of cost accounting and financial

     and management accounting

Elements of manufacturing costs

Illustration of accounting for manufacturing


Cost accounting systems

Illustration of a job order cost system

Module Two: Accounting for Materials

Materials control

Materials control procedures

Accounting for materials

Just-in-time materials control

Scrap, spoiled goods, and defective work

Module Three: Accounting for Labor

Wage plans

Controlling labor cost

Accounting for labor costs and employers’

     payroll taxes

Payroll accrual

Special labor cost problems

Module Four: Accounting for Factory


Identifying cost behavior patterns

Analyzing semi-variable factory overhead costs

Budgeting factory overhead costs

Accounting for actual factory overhead

Accounting for actual and applied factory


Distributing service department expenses

Applying factory overhead to production

Module Five: Process Cost Accounting-

     General Procedures

Comparison of basic cost systems

Product cost in a process cost system

Work in progress inventories

Cost of production summary – one department,

     no beginning inventory

Cost of production summary – one department,

     beginning inventory

Cost of production summary – multiple

     departments, no beginning inventory

Cost of production summary – multiple

     departments, beginning inventory

Changes in prior department’s unit transfer


Module Six: Process Cost Accounting--

     Additional Procedures
Accounting for Joint Products and By-Products

Equivalent production – materials not uniformly


Units lost in production

Units gained in production

Equivalent production: first in, first out method

Joint products and by-products

Module Seven: The Master Budget and

     Flexible Budgeting

Principles of budgeting

Preparing the master budget

Flexible budgeting

Preparing the flexible budget for factory overhead

Module Eight: Standard Cost Accounting--

     Materials, Labor, and Factory Overhead

Types of standards

Determination of variances

Accounting for variances

Interpreting variances

Features of a standard cost accounting system

Illustration of standard cost in a

     departmentalized factory

Analysis of factory overhead standard cost


Two-variance method of analysis

Four-variance method of analysis

Three-variance method of analysis

Module Nine: Cost Accounting for Service

     Businesses and the Balanced Scorecard

Job order costing for service businesses

Budgeting for service businesses

Activity-based costing in a service firm

Allocations using simplified costing versus activity-based costing

The balanced scorecard and quality costs

Meaning of the cost of quality

Module Ten: Cost Analysis for

     Management Decision Making

Variable costing absorption costing

Merits and limitations of variable costing

Segment reporting for profitability analysis

Cost-volume profit analysis

Contribution margin ratio and margin of safety

Effect of income tax on break-even point

Cost Accounting Training Course Public Class and Webinar Schedule

Monday-Friday, March 25 - 29, 2019 Full

Monday-Friday, April 22 - 26, 2019

Monday-Friday, May 20 - 24, 2019 Full

Monday-Friday, June 24 - 28, 2019

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Cost Accounting Training
Average Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Votes: 2
Reviews: 2

Awesome class learned a lot. Very knowledgable teacher.

K. K.

Carlsbad, NM

I will recommend this class to my co-workers who do not have an accounting background.

A. O.

Cincinnati, OH

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Cost Accounting Training Course Description

In this Cost Accounting Training Course, students will learn the accounting process used for the recording, classifying, analyzing, summarizing, allocating, and evaluating all key costs, including inventory valuation, job costing, production process costing, standard costing, and fixed costs such overhead and depreciation of capital equipment, to enable management to consider various alternative courses of action and control of costs based on cost efficiency and company capability.  

This five day class packs the essentials you need to know for your future in a unique ten module format that is well organized, practical, and concise. You gain a thorough understanding of cost concepts, cost behavior, and cost accounting techniques as they apply to manufacturing and service businesses.

To ensure your understanding, the class introduces concepts in small, manageable sections that are immediately reinforced with proven questions, demonstration problems, practice exercises, and quizzes. You master the fundamentals of job order costing and process costing before progressing to more advanced topics, such as budgeting, standard costing and variance analysis, costing for service businesses, and cost analysis for management decisions.

Focus on the skills that will take you far in today's competitive job market as you learn how to determine the costs of products and services accurately and how to set effective selling prices. Learn the techniques to measure accurately the performance of managers within an organization and to use accounting to motivate managers toward an organization's goals. Find the relevant approach you need with the real cost accounting skills that will take you far in business today.

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