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Fixed assets (tangible assets) can be one of the largest asset groups within an organization and properly accounting for the assets, their maintenance, and disposal are critical for any business. Accounting rules for fixed assets address capitalization, asset retirement obligations, depreciation, impairment, and disposal. Fixed assets are not held for resale but for the production, supply, rental or administrative purposes. Assets that are held for resale must be accounted for as inventory rather than fixed assets. Other important components involve record keeping, controls, policies and procedures, measurements, asset tracking, and auditing procedures.

Inventory is anything the company stores. In a retail context, inventory refers to your raw material as well as the stock of finished goods or products that you sell. It is measured in units of stock as well as the value of the stock you hold. In the manufacturing industry, inventory is divided into three major types:

  • Raw material:  All material that will be used to produce a product
  • Work-in-progress/process: Parts manufactured but not yet assembled.
  • Finished product: Assembled product that that is ready for a sale. A typical retailer only holds this type of inventory.

Inventory Management is the science of purchasing, supervising, controlling and dispensing stock for sale stored in a facility. It covers all aspects of stock management across the supply chain from the manufacturer to the point of sale manned by the retailer. The process of inventory management begins with the initiation of a PO and ends when an order is fulfilled/ delivered.

This session will focus on important concepts bookkeepers should be prepared to manage/understand in relation to all the components of inventory and fixed assets. We will review concepts of fixed assets such as: depreciation, capitalization, disposal, inventory including the methods of managing and counting inventory as well as recordkeeping.

NOTE: This course is one of a series of courses developed for the Professional Bookkeeping Certification program on Illumeo. The full curriculum of courses will provide you with the ultimate foundation for a career as a bookkeeper.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the definition of fixed assets.
  • Discover the capitalization of fixed asset costs.
  • Discover the various methods and types of depreciation for fixed assets.
  • Explore requirements for asset retirement.
  • Explore the definition of inventory and inventory key terms.
  • Explore the inventory process and inventory tracking.
  • Explore inventory management techniques.
  • Identify inventory count methods.
Last updated/reviewed: November 8, 2019

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

14 CoursesProfessional Bookkeeping Certification

  1. Bookkeeping: Terminology and Process Execution
  2. Bookkeeping: Debits And Credits
  3. Bookkeeping: Cash vs. Accrual
  4. Bookkeeping: Payroll And Expenses
  5. Bookkeeping: Legal Entity And Chart Of Accounts
  6. Bookkeeping: Journals, Subsidiary Ledgers and General Ledger
  7. Bookkeeping: Responsibilities
  8. Bookkeeping: Fixed assets and inventory
  9. Bookkeeping: Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable And Receipts
  10. Management Internal Control Essentials
  11. GAAP Principles, Assumptions and Considerations
  12. GAAP Presentation of Financial Statements
  13. Bookkeeping Basics – Case Study Scenario
  14. Useful Bookkeeping Tools

14 Reviews (53 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
I found it to be very informative and it will be a good asset to newly hired employees in these positions. I feel that it will get employees up to speed faster and more productive sooner. There is not a sufficient amount of time to complete at work with my busy work schedule. I had to complete this course at home on my own time.
Anonymous Author
The course accomplished it's objectives. It was a brief overview of fixed assets and inventory. It helped to provided very basic information about both topics. and quick oeverview of important aspects of both topics.
Member's Profile
I like this course Lynn as content was more sophisticated in the bookkeeper's role. The explanations and examples of fixed assets VS. Inventory were spot on. Thank you, Larry
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The course was intense and provided the benchmark for understanding the basis of inventory management and fixed assets management, classification and depreciation
Member's Profile
This was a very good course on Fixed Assets and depreciation. I had some internet trouble but love the powerpoint slides
Member's Profile
WOW! this was a difficult one for me. A lot of information. The instructor is great I just think a lot to cover.
Member's Profile
I found this section to be very challenging. Depreciation is not one of my fondest things to learn.
Member's Profile
straight forward and easy to understand. good review of deprecation methods, but pretty basic.
Anonymous Author
Great review course for methods of accounting for fixed assets and inventory.
Anonymous Author
This is a solid beginner level course that was useful as a refresher. Thanks!
Member's Profile
Good course.. still some things that I have to integrate... good examples
Member's Profile
difficult course, teaches the ins and outs of fixed asset accounting
Anonymous Author
Thorough overview and good lecture with applicable examples.
Anonymous Author
Comprehensive and easy to follow along with and remember.


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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4 QuestionsCourse Questions and Answers

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On slide #31 regarding DDB it states, "At the end of year five, accumulated depreciation is $14,176." Please explain how you derived at that number. I thought you would add all of the depreciation for the five years and that amount is $20,170. Thanks for your help.

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You are exactly correct. I made an addition error. Illumeo is changing the slides and tape. Thank you for the catch

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On the Final Exam one of the questions reads, "When stocking products in a warehouse, what things should be considered?" Part of what is stated as the correct answer has this statement: "Stock the most frequently used items towards the back of the warehouse so they are more secure." I understand that frequency of use is a factor when stocking a warehouse, but is that statement really true?

Thanks for your help.

Member's Profile

Thanks for the note. That should not be the correct answer. I will check it and have Illumeo correct it.

I checked the question the last choice should actually say B and C which would be the correct answer. Thanks for pointing this out. Illumeo is correcting it

Course Syllabus
  3:46Introduction to Bookkeeping Basics – Fixed Assets and Inventory
  6:18Defining Fixed Assets and Cost Capitalization
  6:33Fixed Asset Depreciation and Retirement
  6:54Depreciation Methods Part 1
  7:03Depreciation Methods Part 2
  11:13Depreciation Methods Part 3
  11:36Inventory Process and Inventory Tracking
  2:33Inventory Management Techniques
  7:57Physical Inventory Methods
  1:12:01Bookkeeping Basics – Fixed Assets and Inventory
  PDFSlides: Bookkeeping Basics – Fixed Assets and Inventory
  PDFBookkeeping Basics – Fixed Assets and Inventory Glossary/Index