Registration is now closed for our Fall 2012 classes. Please watch this space for information about our next series of classes.
How much does the class cost?
Tuition, including classes, materials and computer laboratory use, is FREE.
YPTC is covering these costs as a philanthropic service to our clients.
For non-YPTC clients and non-GPCA members, tuition, including classes, materials and computer laboratory use, is $895.
Outside of class, students will need to use their own accounting and Excel software.
YPTC will not provide food or beverages. Students, however, may bring their own food and beverages into the training laboratory.
Who may attend BTU?
Students must be employed by, or be a board member of,
a current YPTC client, a Partner Organization (GPCA), or a member organization of the Partner Organization.
Students must demonstrate the commitment of their organization toward their BTU training by obtaining permission of their organization’s:
- Executive Director, or
- A board member.
More than one student per organization will be permitted to attend provided there is space available after all other students have registered.
What if my organization is not a current YPTC client?
YPTC is now offering BTU for a fee of $895 to non-YPTC clients.
Who teaches the classes?
All classes will be taught by specially trained YPTC staff members.
When are the classes held?
BTU 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. What is the schedule of classes?
Where are classes held?
Classes will be held in YPTC’s Training Laboratory at 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 1200, in Center City, Philadelphia. The facility is equipped with high-speed terminals connected to a training server, dedicated high-speed laser printers, and a state-of-the art electronic whiteboard. What software do we use?
YPTC does not sell, market, or endorse any particular accounting software package. Accordingly, classroom teaching is not limited to any one particular accounting software, but will use those software packages most commonly used by the organizations represented by our students. Initially, classes will be taught using QuickBooks. If demand is sufficient, additional classes can be added for Peachtree or other popular accounting software packages.
Competency in Microsoft Excel is considered essential. We specifically teach our students how to use Excel to produce professional quality reports and analyses. Regardless of the software packages used, students will be able to apply the best practices learned in class to their organizations. How are the classes organized?
Each class will include discussions of best practices related to processes and internal controls, and practice with actual accounting documents.
What are the classroom exercises?
YPTC has assembled a variety of actual accounting documents from some of our clients (with identifying, sensitive and confidential information redacted) for use by our students during the practice portion of each class. The goal is to simulate as close as possible a real-world environment. Unlike other training programs which try to cram as much information as possible into an insufficient period of time, we at BTU allow plenty of time for classroom practice and drill. Is there homework?
We believe an essential part of the learning process is spending quality time at home or at the office perfecting skills taught in class. To provide structure to this individual learning, homework will be assigned after every class. What is the attendance policy?
The semester is 8 weeks with class meeting once per week for three hours. YPTC believes that consistent attendance is necessary for a student to realize the maximum educational benefit. Furthermore, it is our experience that students who miss class waste the time of other students by asking questions about topics covered in the classes they missed.
Accordingly, we have adopted the strict policy that any student who misses two classes will be dropped from the course. Prospective students should consult the course calendar and carefully and seriously consider this policy before registering so that they can be sure that their personal and work schedules will not interfere with their attendance. How are students graded?
YPTC believes that an essential component of a formal educational program, such as our BTU, includes a final assessment of the student’s performance in the form of a grade. The grades are based on the following scale:
Grades will be based on class participation, attendance, homework completion, and performance on classroom practice exercises. Grades will be reported to the student and also to the executive director or board member who gave permission for the student to attend.
How do I register?
Registration for the Fall 2012 semester is now closed. Please watch this space for details about our next series of classes.Questions?
If you have additional questions, feel free to e-mail Jill Neumann.