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An Intensive 2-Week Training Course

Master Class:
Accounting
& Finance

Mastering Accounting & Finance

Why Choose this Training Course?

This finance & accounting training course is designed to cover the role and importance of accounting and finance in today’s business world. It will provide an ‘MBA level’ experience in terms of content, instruction, discussion and team exercises.

The training course includes a comprehensive illustration of how accounting information is collected, recorded, analysed and presented both internally and externally, to support effective management, control and decision making. The training course offers insights into the main factors that are essential to the successful financial management of corporations, including the efficient allocation of resources within the economic, competitive and physical environment. The training course will also put emphasis on the importance of good quality corporate governance and management of financial risks.

This AZTech training course will feature:

  • The finance function, and financial and management accounting systems
  • The income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement
  • Using budgets to control the business
  • The relevance and importance of finance to the success of your business
  • Techniques available to determine the most profitable and worthwhile investments for your business

The Structure

This comprehensive training course consists of two modules which can be booked as a 10 Day Training event, or as individual, 5 Day courses.

Module 1 - Accounting, Decision Making, & Financial Communication

Module 2 - Finance, Risk Management & Corporate Governance

What are the Goals?

By the end of this AZTech training course, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement
  • Use accounting techniques to improve profitability and efficiency
  • Understand and evaluate corporate financial reports
  • Identify and appraise wealth-generating investments
  • Recognise, quantify and control financial risk

Who is this Training Course for?

This AZTech training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals, but will greatly benefit:

  • Members of the Operational Management Team
  • Consultants who provide advice on operations or strategy
  • Managers who have responsibility for the control of risk
  • Managers who have responsibility for divisional performance
  • Senior Staff members of any Department

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This AZTech training course will utilize a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This will include question and answer and group discussion to develop and build a framework of core knowledge of the training course topics, illustrating these with real-world examples. There are also workshops, where individuals and groups can work on problems and exercises, analyzing financial data to control operations, measure performance and make profitable decisions under the guidance of the Instructor. Realistic case studies, which will provide the opportunity for teams of delegates to analyse situations, explore options and propose strategies and solutions.

The Course Content

Module 1: Accounting, Decision Making & Financial Communication

Day One: Introduction to Accounting

  • The importance of accounting information
  • The role of the Finance Function
  • The accounting equation and financial accounting systems
  • Recording facts and applying judgement
  • Preparing the Income Statement and Balance Sheet
  • Accounting principles and accounting standards                  

Day Two: Accounting Reports

  • The format and contents of the Income Statement
  • The format and contents of the Balance Sheet
  • The effect of depreciation and impairment on profit
  • Identifying and valuing inventory
  • Preparing the Cash flow Statement
  • The importance of cash flow in business

Day Three: Management Accounting for Control and Decision-Making

  • Collecting and analyzing costs
  • The structure of direct and indirect costs
  • Dealing with overheads – absorption costing or ABC?
  • Cost-Volume-Profit and break even analysis
  • Decision making – make or buy
  • Decision making – the effect of limiting factors

Day Four: Communicating the Plan Through Budgeting

  • Corporate planning and corporate objectives implemented through budgeting
  • The budgeting process and timescale
  • Sales budget forecasting techniques
  • Cascading the budgets across the whole business
  • Preparing functional budgets and the cash budget
  • Budgeting principles, methodologies and applications

Day Five: Measuring Performance to Inform Decision Making

  • Monthly management reporting
  • Setting and using standards
  • Identifying and calculating variances
  • Operating and planning variances – who is responsible?
  • Measuring responsibility centre performance, ROI, RI and EVA
  • Non-financial performance – the Balanced Scorecard

Module 2: Finance, Risk Management & Corporate Governance

Day Six: Finance and Financial Information

  • Finance & Accounting
  • Developing a Strategic Financial Plan
  • Financial Information: - Internal & External
  • Evaluating Financial Performance to improve Liquidity, Profitability, & Efficiency
  • Working Capital Management
  • Cash Flow Statements and Calculating Free Cash Flow

Day Seven: Financing the Business and the Cost of Capital

  • Sources of Long Term & Short Term Finance
  • The Optimum Capital Structure – Equity or Debt?
  • Calculating the Cost of Equity and Meeting Shareholder Expectations
  • Calculating the Cost of Debt – Fixed or Floating Rate
  • The Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)
  • The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)

Day Eight: CAPEX - Analysis of Investment Decisions

  • Strategic Issues facing Organisations Today
  • Preparing Project Cash Flow Forecasts in Excel
  • Capital Investment Appraisal Techniques: Accounting Rate of Return (ARR) and Payback
  • Discounted Cash Flow Appraisal Techniques:  NPV and IRR
  • Capital Rationing and the Profitability Index (PI)
  • Dealing with Risk in Investment Appraisal - RAROC

Day Nine: Financial Risk Management

  • Risk and Uncertainty in Business
  • Identifying & Measuring Financial Risk
  • How to Manage Risk – The Four Ts
  • Managing Exchange Rate Risk
  • Managing Commodity Price Risk
  • Managing Interest Rate Risk

Day Ten: Corporate Governance

  • Recognising the needs of stakeholders
  • The Role and Scope of Corporate Governance
  • Agency Theory: The Role of Directors & Shareholders
  • The Role of External & Internal Auditors
  • The Role of the Audit Committee
  • Emerging trends in Corporate Governance

The Certificate

  • AZTech Certificate of Completion for delegates who attend and complete the training course

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