Where Can I Find Free Bookkeeping Courses Online?

Bookkeeping is essential to the success of any business or organization, and bookkeepers can update their skills by pursuing free online education in the field. This article details where to find free online bookkeeping courses and explores what students will learn.

Overview of Bookkeeping

Bookkeepers track revenue and expenditures daily for businesses, organizations and even the government. Keeping abreast of the latest bookkeeping procedures is essential for maintaining an orderly ledger. Free online bookkeeping courses offer bookkeepers the opportunity to update and refresh their skills. These courses cover basic accounting principles and procedures that overlap accounting processes.

Important Facts About Bookkeeper Courses

Programs Available to matriculated and non-matriculated professionals
Field of Study Accounting
Possible Careers Accounting and auditing clerks, in addition to bookkeepers
Continuing Education Obtaining the CB (Certified Bookkeeper) designation
Median Salary (2019) $42,410 (for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks)*
Job Outlook (2019-2029) -6% (for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB)

By visiting the NACPB website, new and established bookkeepers can access free training courses. These recorded online presentations require a high-speed Internet connection. Though free, registration is required for these courses. Course topics include:

  • Accounting
  • Payroll taxes
  • Analyzing business transactions
  • Financial statements

National Bookkeepers Association (NBA)

Much like those offered by the NACPB, NBA's free Understanding Bookkeeping course provides recorded online instruction in various bookkeeping topics. Registration is required. Training in this program takes about one hour. Among the topics addressed in this course are:

  • Processing payrolls
  • Processing purchases and payments
  • Maintaining the general ledger
  • Processing sales and receipts
  • Making accounting adjustments

MIT's Open Courseware

MIT's Open Courseware program offers many of the same courses as its classroom-based counterpart. Courses are given at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. While no course offered in this program focuses solely on bookkeeping, several courses in accounting discuss some bookkeeping concepts and processes. Courses that students might consider include:

  • Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Business Analysis Using Financial Statements

U.S. Small Business Administration

Bookkeeping and basic accounting often cover the same topics and procedures. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a free online introductory accounting course through its Online Learning Center. The course covers basic bookkeeping procedures, especially in relation to running a small business.