Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

Program Overview

Develop your skills in dealing with financial information

Transforming Managers with little or no experience in accounting or financial management to develop a working knowledge of these critical business areas. This program builds confidence in reading and understanding financial information to aid in financial decisions by providing clear examples of the content, concepts and terminology of financial systems. Learn methods often used to evaluate the financial viability and impact of business decisions.

  • Key Learning Objectives
    • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the accounting process
    • What is Managerial vs. Financial accounting
    • Understanding balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flows, audit reports and other reports accompanying financial statements
    • Learn the time value of money, capital budgeting and investment decisions
    • What the difference of a lease vs. purchase is
    • How to account and manage cash, inventory and accounts receivable
    • Relevant, variable and fixed costs
    • Learn about the cost volume profit analysis
    • How to support your business decisions with financial back-up
    • How to talk to financial people in your language - and their language
    • How to evaluate both short and long term operating decisions using financial data
    • What to look for in reports and how to analyze that information to put it to your advantage
  • Who Should Attend
    • Business managers who use financial and accounting information in their decision-making processes
    • Individuals who wish to gain a better fundamental understanding of financial systems
    • Any Manager who wishes to improve their professional effectiveness and career mobility

    No previous accounting or financial background is required to benefit from this course, however, a basic knowledge would be useful.

    Regularly attended by:

    • Business Owners
    • General Managers
    • Corporate Managers
    • Administrative Managers
    • Sales and Marketing Managers
    • Public Sector Officers
    • Association and Non-Profit Managers
    • Planning, Purchasing and Operations Managers
    • Divisional Managers
  • What Is Included
    • All learning materials provided digitally through Canvas
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Credential to add to your CV and LinkedIn Profile 
    • 19.5 CPHR Saskatchewan Continued Professional Development (CPD) hours

Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant and Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy.

2024 Session

Fees: $2,495 plus Taxes

Registration Deadline: To Be Announced

Location: Virtual Delivery

Program Schedule

Dates TBD

More Information

Virtual Delivery occurs through Zoom with all learning materials provided digitally on Canvas. In order to use Zoom, participants must have access to a computer with speakers, a microphone, and a webcam. Virtually delivered training includes instructor facilitation, small group exercises, large group discussions, whiteboarding, interactive learning, networking and ample breaks and opportunities for questions and discussions.

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Rebecca Schweighardt
Learning and Development Specialist
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"This program was a great introduction into Accounting, particularly of relevance to me was the piece on Managerial Accounting. With the new knowledge I have received I am confident that I can make the best financial decisions for the business."

Tandra Tupper


Instructor Profile

Scott Sinclair

Scott is a lecturer at the Sauder School of Business. He has been actively involved in professional accounting education for more than 30 years. He was the principal author for the CA School of Business in Western Canada between 2000 and 2010, and has won multiple awards for teaching excellence. He has also worked for Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accounts, serving small business and mining clients.

Offer This Program In-House

Interested in bringing this program to your organization or team within your organization? Fill out our Online Needs Assessment form and show your interest in bringing this program in-house or customized based on your needs.


University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received at least ten (10) business days in advance of the program commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than ten (10) business days prior to the program commencement date will be subject to a $500 administration fee. Cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to the program commencement date will be subject to full program tuition cost.

Non-attendance will incur full program tuition cost.

Fees subject to change without notice.

Program Transfers

One program transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received more than ten (10) business days prior to the program start date. Program transfers within ten (10) business days of the program start date will be subject to a $300 administration fee.

Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on program availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase.

Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee.

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