WorldatWork Course T2: Accounting and Finance for the Human Resource Professional

  • 13 May 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • 15 May 2020
  • 4:00 PM
  • Due to COVID-19 this course will be a National Virtual course. For updated dates and instructions please call the W@W Continuing Education Team (CET) at (877-951-9191) if to register. Please let the CET know you are with TRPDX!

T2: Accounting and finance for the Human resource professional

Become a Finance and Accounting Savvy HR Pro and Impact Your Organization's Financial Health

*Due to COVID-19 this will be a 3-day Virtual Course - see instructions for registration below.*

As a human resources professional, the ability to interact effectively with the accounting and finance departments within your organization is a vital skill. This course provides an introduction to U.S. accounting regulations and practices that will enable you to better speak the language of finance and accounting. You will gain skills allowing you to interact more effectively with these departments and make HR decisions that impact and support your organization’s financial health.

The course will empower you with foundational understanding of the following concepts:

  • The key financial components of the annual report.
  • The relationship between HR and the finance and accounting departments.
  • The measures and processes used to assess a company’s financial health.
  • The importance of cash flow to the company and shareholders.
  • Methods of financing the business and issues related to financial planning.

This course is designed for the HR professional seeking to gain understanding in the areas of accounting and finance.

Specific areas covered include:  

  • Introduction to Accounting This accounting primer provides learning in the areas of governing bodies and policies, major groups of accounts, financial statements, accounting types, financial measures, problems with accounting, underlying accounting principles and the components of the annual report.
  • The Balance Sheet Become a pro at interpreting balance sheets by learning about assets, liabilities, shareholders’ equity, the summary concept, liquidity measures and debt ratios. You will also practically apply your knowledge of balance sheets in a class exercise.
  • The Income Statement You’ll never be intimidated by an income statement again once you learn about revenue/sales, cost of goods sold, gross margin, operating expenses, other income and expenses, the provision for taxes, net income, as well as the financial measures of earnings per share and return on sales. You will also practically apply your knowledge of income statements in a class exercise.
  • Statement of Cash Flows and Shareholders’ Equity Review the statement of cash flows and statement of shareholders’ equity. Focus on the two methods and three categories associated with the statement of cash flows.
  • Financial Analysis Develop a better understanding of financial measures/ratios, including liquidity measures, debt ratios, profitability measures, funds management ratios and other performance measures. You will also apply financial analysis in a class exercise.
  • Planning and Financing the Business Learn the concepts of financial planning, including the typical planning process, developing business plans and evaluating capital projects. Understand financing sources, including long- and short-term sources and leases.
  • The Strategic Partnership Put it all together in this section covering the critical relationship between HR and finance. Learn about recording compensation and benefits costs, wages and salaries, incentive pay, benefits costs, mandatory benefits, welfare benefits, retirement plans and communication.

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to understand finance and accounting fundamentals. It will empower you to become an asset to your company through your ability to make HR recommendations and decisions that impact the financial health of the organization.

Ready to become a finance savvy HR professional?

How to Register

Due to COVID-19 this course will be a  National Virtual course. For updated dates and instructions please call the W@W Continuing Education Team (CET) at (877-951-9191) if to register.  Please let the CET know you are with TRPDX!

How to Register

  • Call 877-951-9191 or +1 480-922-2020 for an Customer Relationship Services Representative
  • E-mail
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Did You know? WorldatWork is now offering an opportunity to help reignite interest in pursuing certification! 

WorldatWork understands that expired exams can be a barrier for completing certification for some.  We understand this can be demotivating when driving toward certification.  In the spirit of helping members achieve their goal to become certified, thru the end of 2020, WorldatWork will be honoring any expired exams that have already been successfully completed provided certification is finished by December 31, 2020.

Questions? Email a WorldatWork Certification Advocate  at

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