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How to Learn QuickBooks (Training Options)

To learn QuickBooks, there are several choices… I think that your current skill level and depth requirements will have major influence on your choice for choosing the best QuickBooks training option.

Here are some choices:

  • Live (Classroom-Based) Course (ranging from $249 for 1 day to $499 for 3 days)
    Pros: You may ask questions to the trainer, practice in a live training environment with a computer, learn from other students attending, receive a certificate of completions…
    Cons: Fast paced, Availability is limited…

  • Self-Study Videos (ranging from $45 to $99)
    Pros: Watch at your own pace, go back and review at any time.
    Cons: Cannot ask trainer questions and requires discipline.

  • Private Training with a QuickBooks Trainer (avg. $95 per hour)
    Pros: You can learn at your own pace, receive customized training based on your needs/industry, etc.
    Cons: Highest investment per hour


In my experience, business owners and experienced bookkeepers tend to choose a private training option whenever they are looking to learn a specific and narrow range of QuickBooks topics.

Most bookkeepers looking to improve their skills and work conditions, and some business owners choose a classroom-based structured training because you get the most bank for the training buck.

QuickBooks is a very diverse program, the average user reports that they need to use it everyday for 3 to 6 months in order to feel confortable.  Many people that I know learn on their own either by trial and error or just with many resources on the web like free quickbooks videos or by reading a QuickBooks blog every day.   Also, reading the QuickBooks Manual can help as well.




-Hector Garcia, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Hector Garcia

Hector Garcia

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