Course description

What you'll learn

  • Describe cost classifications and their importance.
  • Explain the differences in financial statements for a manufacturing company versus a merchandising company.
  • List the cost flow process for a manufacturing company.
  • Compare a job cost system and process cost system and explain when each would be used.
  • Describe the cost flows in a job cost system.
  • List and describe documents used in a job cost system.
  • Explain the concept of overhead and how it is used.
  • Calculate the predetermined overhead rate.
  • Allocate overhead to job using estimates.
  • Enter journal entries to record finished jobs and for the sale of jobs.
  • List and define key terms related to a job cost system.


We will start by introducing managerial accounting or cost accounting topics that apply to companies that manufacture using either a job cost system or a process cost system.

The course will describe classifications for costs and the importance of being able to classify costs in different ways.

We will list and describe an outline of the process costs go through as they flow through the accounting process in a manufacturing company.

The course will compare the two major systems used to track inventory costs in a manufacturing company, the job cost system, and the process costs system. We will discuss when a company would use either a job cost system or a process cost system.

We will discuss the flow of inventory costs in a job cost system and track the process of costs related to raw materials, that then flow to work in process and factory overhead, to finished goods, and finally, are expensed in the form of cost of goods sold.

The course will list and describe key documents in the job cost system, documents that facilitate and help record the flow of costs in the system.

We will explain the concept of overhead and why it is needed, including the concept of actual overhead incurred and estimated overhead we apply to jobs. The course will show how to calculate the predetermined overhead rate and how to use this rate to estimate overhead allocated to jobs.

The course will record the journal entries related to costs as they flow through the job cost system including journal entries for the transfer of raw materials to work in process and factory overhead, the incurrence of direct and indirect wages, and other overhead costs. We will enter journal entries to allocate overhead to work in process and to close out finished jobs from work in process to finished goods. We will also enter journal entries to record the sale and related costs of finished jobs.

We will also discuss key terms and definitions related to a job cost system and how they are used in practice.

In addition to the instructional videos, this course will include downloadable  

  • Downloadable PDF Files  
  • Excel Practice Files  
  • Multiple Choice Practice Questions  
  • Short Calculation Practice Questions  
  • Discussion Questions  


The PDF files allow us to download reference information we can use offline and as a guide to help us work through the material.  

Excel practice files will be preformatted so that we can focus on the adjusting process and learning some of the basics of Excel, like addition, subtraction, and cell relationships.  

Multiple choice example question helps us improve our test-taking skills by reducing the information into the size and format of multiple choice questions and discussing how to approach these questions.  

Short calculation questions help us reduce problems that have some calculation down to a short format that could be used in multiple choice questions.  

Discussion Question will provide an opportunity to discuss these topics with the instructor and other students, a process many students find very helpful because it allows us to see the topic from different viewpoints.  

Course curriculum

  • 3
    Manufacturer’s Financial Statements
    • 3 Manufacturer’s Financial Statements FREE PREVIEW
    • PDF - 50 Manufacturer's Balance Sheet
    • 50 Manufacturer's Balance Sheet
    • PDF - 60 Manufacturer's Income Statement
    • 60 Manufacturer's Income Statement
    • Discussion Question
    • 80 Multiple Choice Questions – Job Cost System
    • Accounting Comic Break
  • 4
    Cost Flows for a Manufacturing Company
    • 4 Cost Flows For a Manufacturing Company FREE PREVIEW
    • PDF - 70 Manufacturing Activities Flow
    • 70 Manufacturing Activities Flow
    • PDF - 80 Just In Time (JIT) Manufacturing
    • 80 Just In Time (JIT) Manufacturing
    • Discussion Question
    • 70 Multiple Choice Questions – Job Cost System
    • Accounting Comic Break
  • 5
    Job Cost vs Process Cost System
  • 6
    Cost Flows for a Job Cost System
  • 7
    Job Cost Documents and Forms
    • 7 Job Cost Documents and Forms FREE PREVIEW
    • 110 Job Cost Sheet
    • 110 Job Cost Sheet
    • PDF - 120 Materials Ledger Card Requisition
    • 120 Materials Ledger Card & Materials Requisition
    • Excel Download
    • 120 Materials Ledger Card Requisition
    • PDF - 130 Time Ticket and Labor Entry
    • 130 Time Ticket & Labor Journal Entry
    • Excel Download
    • 130 Time Ticket and Labor Entry
    • Discussion Question
    • 40 Multiple Choice Questions – Job Cost System
    • Accounting Comic Break
  • 8
    Overhead Costs & Allocation
    • 8 Overhead Costs & Allocation FREE PREVIEW
    • PDF - 140 Overhead Costs
    • 140 Overhead Costs
    • Excel Download
    • 140 Overhead Costs
    • PDF - 150 Overhead Allocation
    • 150 Overhead Allocation Predetermined Overhead Rate
    • Excel Download
    • 150 Overhead Allocation
    • PDF - 160 Under & Over applied Overhead
    • 160 Overhead Under Applied Over Applied
    • Excel Download
    • 160 Under & Over applied Overhead
    • Discussion Question
    • 30 Multiple Choice Questions – Job Cost System
    • Accounting Comic Break
  • 9
    Finished Jobs and Sales Journal Entries
    • 9 Finished Jobs and Sales Journal Entries FREE PREVIEW
    • 170 Finished Goods Journal Entry
    • 170 Finished Jobs Journal Entry
    • Excel Download
    • 170 Finished Goods Journal Entry
    • PDF - 180 Sale of Jobs
    • 180 Sale of Jobs
    • Excel Download
    • 180 Sale of Jobs
    • Discussion Question
    • 20 Multiple Choice Questions – Job Cost System
    • 1900 - Test question practice problems Part 2 Job Costing - Financial Accounting
    • Accounting Comic Break
  • 10
    Job Cost System Summary
    • 10 Job Cost System Summary FREE PREVIEW
    • PDF - 190 Cost Flow - General Ledger
    • 190 Cost Flow General Ledger
    • PDF - 300 Job Cost System
    • 300 Job cost system Part 1
    • 305 Job cost system Part 2
    • Excel Download
    • 300 Accounting instructions-Job cost problem part 1%2C how to calculate
    • 300 Accounting instructions-Job cost problem part 2%2C how to calculate
    • 300 Accounting instructions-Job cost problem part 3%2C how to calculate
    • 300.4 Accounting instructions-Job cost problem part 4%2C how to calculate (1)
    • Discussion Question
    • 10 Multiple Choice Questions – Job Cost System
    • 1900 - Test question practice problems Part 1 Job Costing - Financial Accounting
    • Accounting Comic Break
  • 11
    Key Term & Definitions
    • 11 Key Term & Definitions FREE PREVIEW
    • Factory Overhead Definition - What is factory overhead
    • Purchase Order Definition - What is Purchase Order%3F (1)
    • Finished Goods Inventory - What is Finished Goods Inventory%3F
    • Time Ticket Definition - What is Time Ticket%3F
    • Job Definition - What is Job in A Job Cost System%3F
    • Work in Process Inventory Definition What is work if proce
    • Job Order Costing System Definition - What is Job Order Cost
    • Conversion Costs Definition - What are Conversion Costs%3F
    • Cost of Goods Manufactured Definition - What is Cost of Good
    • Jobs Cost Sheet definition - What are Job Cost Sheets
    • Manufacturing Overhead Definition What is Manufacturing Ov
    • Direct Costs Definition - What are Direct Costs%3F
    • Direct Labor Costs Definition - What are Direct Labor Costs%3F
    • Materials Ledger Card Definition - What is Materials Ledger
    • Materials Requisition Definition - What is Materials Requisi
    • Direct Materials Cost Definition - What are Direct Materials
    • Factory Overhead Definition - What is factory overhead
    • Net Cost of Goods Manufactured definition - What is Cost of Goods Manuf
    • Finished Goods Inventory - What is Finished Goods Inventory%3F
    • Purchase Order Definition - What is Purchase Order%3F (1)
    • Job Definition - What is Job in A Job Cost System%3F
    • Time Ticket Definition - What is Time Ticket%3F
    • Work in Process Inventory Definition What is work if proce
    • Job Order Costing System Definition - What is Job Order Cost
    • Jobs Cost Sheet definition - What are Job Cost Sheets
    • Cost of Goods Manufactured Definition - What is Cost of Good
    • Manufacturing Overhead Definition What is Manufacturing Ov
    • Conversion Costs Definition - What are Conversion Costs%3F
    • Direct Costs Definition - What are Direct Costs%3F
    • Materials Ledger Card Definition - What is Materials Ledger
    • Materials Requisition Definition - What is Materials Requisi
    • Net Cost of Goods Manufactured definition - What is Cost of Goods Manuf
    • Accounting Comic Break

Meet your instructor!

Robert (Bob) Steele
CPA, CGMA, M.S. Tax, CPI


Through working with students from many different schools, Mr. Steele has learned best practices for helping people understand accounting fast. Learning new skills and finding the best way to share knowledge with people who can benefit from it is a passion of his.  

Mr. Steele has experience working as a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an accounting and business instructor, and curriculum developer. He has enjoyed putting together quality tools to improve learning and has been teaching, making instructional resources, and building curriculum since 2009. He has been a practicing CPA since 2005. Mr. Steele is a practicing CPA, has a Certified Post-Secondary Instructor (CPI) credential, a Master of Science in taxation from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting from The University of California Santa Barbara, and a Global Management Accounting Designation (CGMA) from The American Institute of CPA (AICPA).  

Mr. Steele has also authored five books that can be found on Amazon or in audiobook format on Audible. He has developed bestselling courses in accounting topics including financial accounting and QuickBooks accounting software.  

In addition to working as an accountant, teaching, and developing courses Mr. Steele has helped create an accounting website at accountinginstruction, a YouTube channel called Accounting Instruction, Help, and How Too, and has developed supplemental resources including a Facebook Page, Twitter Page, and Podcasts that can be found on I-tunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. Mr. Steele's teaching philosophy is to make content applicable, understandable, and accessible.  

Adult learners are looking for application when they learn new skills. In other words, learners want to be able to apply skills in the real world to help their lives. Mr. Steele’s formal accounting education, practical work experience, and substantial teaching experience allow him to create a curriculum that combines traditional accounting education with practical knowledge and application. He accomplishes the goals of making accounting useful and applicable by combining theory with real-world software like Excel and QuickBooks.  

Many courses teach QuickBooks data entry or Excel functions but are not providing the real value learners want. Real value is a result of learning technical skills like applications, in conjunction with specific goals, like accounting goals, including being able to interpret the performance of a business.  

Mr. Steele makes knowledge understandable by breaking down complex concepts into smaller units with specific objectives and using step by step learning processes to understand each unit. Many accounting textbooks cram way too much information into a course, making it impossible to understand any unit fully. By breaking the content down into digestible chunks, we can move forward much faster.  

Mr. Steele also makes use of color association in both presentations and Excel worksheets, a learning tool often overlooked in the accounting field, but one that can vastly improve the speed and comprehension of learning accounting concepts.  

The material is also made understandable through the application of concepts learned. Courses will typically demonstrate the accounting concepts and then provide an Excel worksheet or practice problems to work through the concepts covered. The practice problems will be accompanied by an instructional video to work through the problem in step by step format. Excel worksheets will be preformatted, usually including an answer tab that shows the completed problem, and a practice tab where learners can complete the problem along with a step by step presentation video.

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