Fundamentals of Cost Accounting

Program Description

Know where every dollar goes—learn how to implement an effective cost accounting system

In this 3-day seminar, you'll cover the basics of cost accounting from overhead allocation to variance analysis. Discover how to use cost accounting to control operations, measure results against budgets, determine prices for goods and services and make the best use of people, money and materials. And find out why using more than one basis for overhead allocation provides better total product cost information. You'll return to work with the skills to enhance your value and visibility in your company.

How You Will Benefit

  • Apply cost accounting methods to identify profitable products and services
  • Analyze reports to make sound pricing decisions
  • Compare cost systems and choose the one that’s right for your company
  • Evaluate results against budgets with greater accuracy
  • Use cost accounting methods to optimize the use of people, resources and materials

Who Should Attend

Accountants, accounting managers, cost accountants, cost analysts, budget analysts, systems analysts, auditors and financial planners in manufacturing and similar industries.


  • Relating cost accounting to financial accounting and the planning and control process
  • Budgets as a tool within both traditional and ABC cost systems
  • Enhancing budgeting accuracy
  • Product costing systems and accounting for overhead
  • Activity-based costing for management control
  • Standard costing and variance analysis
  • Variance analysis for material, labor and overhead variances
  • Requirements for establishing a direct costing system

Locations, Dates & Pricing

# Location Date(s) List Member

Chicago IL

Summit West
03/26/2018 - 03/28/2018 $2345 $2095 Register

New York NY

AMA New York Center
05/14/2018 - 05/16/2018 $2345 $2095 Register

San Francisco CA

AMA San Francisco Center
06/11/2018 - 06/13/2018 $2345 $2095 Register

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AMA's Main Conference Centers

Seminars scheduled for the cities below are held at the locations listed. For location information for other cities in which AMA seminars are held please call or email for information.
  • New York

    AMA executive Conference Center
    1601 Broadway New York, NY 10019
    American Management Association (Located in the same building as the Crowne Plaza Hotel) 1601 Broadway On Broadway and 48th Street near Times Square. Entrance is on 48th Street.

  • Chicago

    AMA executive Conference Center (adjacent to the Marroitt O'Hare)
    8655 West Higgins Rd
    Chicago, IL 60631

  • San Francisco

    AMA executive Conference Center (located in San Francisco Marriott Hotel)
    55 Fourth Street 2nd Level
    San Francisco, CA 94103

  • Atltanta

    AMA Executive Conference Center
    1170 Peachtree Street Ne Cnr Peachtree & 14th (3rd Flr)
    Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Washington D.C.

    Arlington, Virginia
    2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 200
    Arlington, VA 22202

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    3 Day(s)

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    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

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  • Lunch:

    Lunch is on your own.

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    Continuing education credits may be recognized by your professional board. Contact your own board to find out what's required.

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