BOOKKEEPER TECHNICIAN UNIVERSITY®
Your Part-Time Controller (YPTC) is proud to announce our Bookkeeper Technician University® in Philadelphia!
Bookkeeper Technician University (BTU®) is our school that teaches basic bookkeeping skills to non-accountants. BTU students learn “best practices” leading to efficient accounting processes and strong internal controls.
YPTC believes that our mission is, in part, to help nonprofit organizations build their internal capacity. Since we are accountants, we can best help our clients and other nonprofit organizations by teaching them accounting and bookkeeping.
These new classes are offered FREE to employees and board members of current YPTC clients and of member agencies of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
The following FAQ’s explain the details of how the course is designed, the schedule, and how to register.
What is Bookkeeper Technician University?
Bookkeeper Technician University (BTU) is an eight-week training program created by Your Part-Time Controller to teach basic bookkeeping skills to people with little or no formal bookkeeping or accounting training.
BTU is unique in that it uses a real-world practical approach to teaching bookkeeping skills combining theory and practice in every class. It incorporates the teaching of “best practices” which includes strong internal controls and efficient policies and procedures.
BTU is offered free of charge exclusively to employees and board members of current YPTC clients, and of selected Partner Organizations and their constituent organizations:
- The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA)
Why is YPTC doing this?
Your Part-Time Controller has considerable experience and expertise providing bookkeeping, accounting, controllership, and CFO services primarily to nonprofit organizations.
In the course of our work we see nonprofits of all types and sizes struggle with inadequate bookkeeping support. These organizations usually have the necessary computer equipment and accounting software. The problem, however, is that the people tasked with performing the bookkeeping functions lack the necessary skills.
YPTC believes that its Bookkeeper Technician University is part of the solution to this problem. With proper training, we can build stronger nonprofits, one accounting department at a time.
YPTC further believes the highest form of philanthropy is teaching others to do for themselves. By teaching best practice bookkeeping skills at BTU, we provide:
- The individual with increased technical skills. This leads to increased productivity, higher quality output, greater self-confidence, and greater job satisfaction.
- The employer organization with greater internal capacity in its financial department, improved performance, and greater staff morale.
What is YPTC’s approach to teaching and what makes it superior?
A core component of our pedagogy is the teaching of “best practices” of nonprofit finances and accounting. Our students learn not only the mechanical aspects of bookkeeping, but they also learn why what they do is important. They learn good ways versus commonly encountered bad ways of accomplishing their tasks. These best practice techniques are independent of any particular accounting software being used and they are applicable to almost all nonprofit organizations regardless of type or size.
We teach our students:
- How to properly discharge their bookkeeping responsibilities.
- How their bookkeeping duties fit within their organization’s accounting/financial department and within the larger programmatic and administrative needs of the organization.
- How to achieve efficient processes and procedures.
- How to implement appropriate internal controls.
- The importance of accuracy in their work.
A second component of our approach is drill and practice. Each class includes not just lectures but also extensive practice sessions where students are given actual accounting documents (e.g., invoices, expense reports, receipts, etc.) with which to practice.
What does the course teach?
Week 1: Course Introduction and Bookkeeping Primer
Week 2: Professional Excel Presentation Techniques
Week 3: A Quick Tour of One Particular Accounting Software Package
Week 4: Accounts Payable/Cash Disbursements (Part I)
Week 5: Accounts Payable/Cash Disbursements (Part II)
Week 6: Billing/Accounts Receivable/Cash Receipts (Part I)
Week 7: Billing/Accounts Receivable/Cash Receipts (Part II)
Week 8: Practice Wrap-Up, Instructor’s Review, Course Conclusion and Evaluation, and Awarding of Bookkeeper Technician – Level 1 Certificate!
Is there a Certificate of Completion?
successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a
“Bookkeeper Technician – Level 1” certificate. Bookkeeper Technician is a
registered trademark of Your Part-Time Controller, LLC, and accordingly
only YPTC may award this certificate of completion.
Who teaches the classes?
All classes will be taught by specially trained YPTC staff members.
When are the classes held?
endeavors to be as convenient as possible by offering multiple class
time options. To accommodate busy schedules and increased demand, three
options are available:
- Mornings: 9:00 a.m. to noon
- Afternoons: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Evenings: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
When registering, students must select either the morning,
afternoon or evening option. Students will only be able to attend the
class for which they register.
Please watch this space for information about our next series of classes.
Bookkeeper Technician®, Bookkeeper Technician University®, and BTU® are registered trademarks of Your Part-Time Controller, LLC. All rights reserved.