Accounting and Finance Certificate

A valuable training that provides participants with an understanding of the terms, concepts and general topics involved in finance and accounting. Obtain the skills necessary to understand and translate financial data quickly and easily.

The course begins by describing the accounting process and the creation of financial statements. It examines specific accounting practices and demonstrates how these choices may affect an organization's bottom line. Once participants gain the ability to read financial statements in depth, they will be better able to identify financial trends and analyze companies from a broad perspective.

The course will also cover the techniques used to value a business (or practice), including the discounted cash flow approach. This program will communicate how financial data is generated and reported, as well as how it is used for decision making, analysis, and company valuation.

Course Objectives

Participants will

  • Learn how to read financial statements
  • Gain a broad understanding of the accounting process
  • Learn how to make business decisions based on analysis of financial data
  • Learn the techniques of company valuation

Suggested Topics

  • Fundamentals of Accounting Principles:  Basics of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Developing balance sheets and income statements (P&L statements)
  • Ratio Analysis
  • Forecasting accounting statements
  • Estimating an organization's future funding needs
  • Business Valuation

Contact Jamie O'Donnell for more information at 716-645-3200 or jao4@buffalo.edu.