Understanding Financial Statements *IN PERSON*

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July 23, 2024 - July 24, 2024

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Learn the fundamentals of financial statements and how you can use this information to confidently make financial decisions.

Without a background in accounting, reading, interpreting and analyzing accounting information can feel like learning a new language. Gaining an understanding of financial statements and what the numbers really mean will give you the accounting savvy you need to be able to speak and interpret the language.

Understanding Financial Statements guides participants through the objectives and limitations of financial statements and teaches the basics of accrual accounting and cash flows.

No previous knowledge of accounting is necessary to attend this course.

Topics Covered

  • Interpreting the three general-purpose financial statements: balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows
  • Using financial accounting information to make more informed decisions
  • Identifying the objectives and limitations of financial accounting and general financial statements
  • Gaining knowledge of accrual accounting and cash flows
  • Discussing financial statements more effectively and confidently

Past Participants said:

"Even though I work regularly with financial statements, this course showed me how to extract even more useful information from them."

"Would recommend to anyone wishing to learn more about reading and interpreting financial statements."

"This was a great course, great instructor & super learning environment" - Janelle Kenway, NL Hydro

Continuing Education Contact Hours: 14


This course qualifies for Professional Development Units (PDUs) as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Each course has a specific qualifying factor for PDUs. See the table below for a specific PDU breakdown for this Gardiner Center program.

To learn more about PDUs and how to apply these credits to your active credential please see www.pmi.org.

Talent Triangle Allocations

Qualifying PDU Hours

Ways of Working


Power Skills


Business Acumen





Susan Gardiner

Susan holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Masters of Business Administration from Memorial University, and a Certified Management Accountant designation from the Society of Management Accountants.  Susan joined the Faculty of Business Administration’s outreach centres in March 2003 as the Associate Director of Finance and Administration, and moved to the Dean’s Office as the Senior Administrative Officer in 2012. She is also a part-time accounting instructor with the Faculty of Business Administration. 

Prior to joining the Faculty, Susan worked in the private sector as comptroller for a large building supplies retailer and land development firm, and has owned and operated her own small business in the St. John’s region.  She sits on the board and serves as the chair of the finance committee for Anglican Homes Incorporated.  In the past, Susan has also volunteered as the chair St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Limited, the treasurer of the East Coast Trail Association, and as VP with the 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts.

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