QuickBooks Certified User Preparation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ACC 183

       Course Name: QuickBooks Certified User Preparation

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: ACC 153 or prior accounting knowledge.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course prepares students for QuickBooks Certified User Exam.  Topics include setting up companies, managing customer and vendor activity, preparing bank reconciliations, setting up inventory tracking, working with Balance Sheet transactions, performing payroll, creating job estimates and time-tracking, setting up product classes, customizing forms and reports, integrating with Microsoft Office, performing adjusting entries, and closing the books.  Students have option of taking Certified User Exam on campus at end of term.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform the following functions in using QuickBooks:
  1. Create a company
  2. Add customers, record customer-related transactions, and generate reports with customer details
  3. Add vendors, record vendor-related transactions, and generate reports with vendor details
  4. Prepare bank reconciliations and manage cash accounts
  5. Set up inventory tracking
  6. Work with Balance Sheet transactions
  7. Setup and perform payroll
  8. Create job estimates and perform time-tracking
  9. Customize forms and reports, and integrate with Microsoft Office
  10. Set up product classes and price levels
  11. Perform adjusting entries and close the books

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to QuickBooks
  2. Creating a Company
  3. Working with Customers
  4. Working with Vendors
  5. Banking with QuickBooks
  6. Managing Physical Inventory
  7. Working with Balance Sheet Accounts and Budgets
  8. Using QuickBooks for Payroll
  9. Working with Estimates and Time Tracking
  10. Customizing and Integrating in QuickBooks
  11. Accounting Cycle and Using Classes
  12. Reporting, Adjusting Entries, and Closing the Books

VII.  Methods of Instruction

- In Example:
  1. Software Tutorials
  2. Hands-on Practice
  3. Application Exercises and Cases
  4. Quizzes and Exams

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students must have basic computer skills for file management and software navigation.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

- In Example -
Text:  Excel for Accounting by Weinstein, Labyrinth Learning

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

- In Example -
Weekly Homework and Cases 250 points
Quizzes and Midterm Exam 150 points
QuickBooks Certified User Exam 100 points
Total Course 500 points
A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69%
F Below 60%

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.