Many teachers use the free accounting practice set that goes by the name of the Witness Fitness Centre (School Accounting Modules). Historically, this practice set, which I author, was distributed by CGA Canada. The latest full revision took place in 2010, with minor modifications in 2015. Teachers in Ontario can get their copy by contacting the educational rep at CPA-Ontario, Kim Tran. In other provinces, for the time being, you will have to contact me for advice. (Note: If your copy of the Witness Fitness Centre carries the CPA logo, you can be sure that you have the most recent edition.)
If you are a long-time user of the Witness Fitness Centre, you know that your students can complete it manually, with Sage 50 or with the desktop version of QuickBooks. In addition, you and your students might be enjoying the many benefits of QuickBooks Online. If so, why not have your students use QBO to complete the Witness Fitness Centre? Well, how about Module One, anyway. (The other three modules, with their added curricular complexities, will likely need some specific documentation in the future to smooth out potential bumps in the road.)
If, then, you would like to use QBO and Module One of the Witness Fitness Centre, here are my recommendations:
- Definitely have your students do the Food To Live For practice set described in the November 9, 2015, post below. This practice set gives step-by-step guidance to help them master QBO.
- Assign the With Strings Attached exercise in Chapter 7 of Accounting 1. (See the November 25, 2015 post). After completing, your students will be very proficient with QBO.
- Download the chart of accounts Excel file for Module One of the Witness Fitness Centre that I have prepared for you.
- To import the chart of accounts into QBO, have your students to refer back to the Food To Live For instructions. I encountered no difficulties when testing.
Let me know how it goes. I would love to hear your feedback.