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This practical course covers the most commonly used functions of the software, including how to set up the accounting system, post invoices and credit notes, reconcile bank accounts, and run reports. Whether you are interested in working with the software, looking to improve your job prospects, or want to add a valuable skill to your CV, this course is suitable for you.

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53 minutes

Last updated

August 30, 2023



£15.00 inc. VAT

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The Pastel Accounting Software course focuses on teaching Pastel Accounts, particularly emphasising the most commonly used functions. The course is designed to equip Pastel Accounting operators with the skills they need to become proficient in using the software. The course is structured in a practical way, with learners given practical scenario assignments that include various tasks to complete. The recommendation is that you:
  1. Read the assignment.
  2. View the video.
  3. Try it out for yourself with your own setup.
  4. Watch the video again (if necessary) to solidify your understanding.
  Throughout the course, learners will learn how to set up the Pastel accounting system from scratch, enter opening balances, post customer invoices and credit notes, post supplier bills and credit notes, pay suppliers, manage petty cash, prepare a VAT return, reconcile the bank, post journals, and run reports, among other things. This course is useful for individuals who are interested in working with the software, going for jobs that require proficiency in the software, adding this skill to their CV, bookkeepers or accountants who will be using this for clients, or business owners who want to learn how to use Pastel for themselves. To enrol in the course, learners will need to obtain access to Pastel by downloading it online, as the previous link no longer works. As a tutor who has assessed various "free" accounting software packages available, Pastel stands out as one of the easiest to use, with an abundance of functionality.  

You will be able to do the following by the end of this course

  • Use Pastel Accounts to carry out several typical tasks.
  • The starting balances
  • Revisions to the nominal ledger
  • Add new information about clients and vendors.
  • Put Petty Cash transactions online
  • Get the VAT return ready.
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Create month-end reports and post modifications to the accounts after posting the wages journal.
  • Update the sales ledger with client invoices and credit notes.
  • Add credit notes and supplier invoices to the purchase ledger.
  • Record the customer receipts and enter the supplier checks.

Who should take this course:

  • Accountants and bookkeepers who will use Pastel for their customers
  • Students applying for employment where working knowledge of Pastel is required
  • Accounting graduates who wish to learn how to use free accounting software in the field so they can get a job
  • No prior accounting experience is assumed or necessary.
  • Charities seeking software to use and instruction on how to use it appropriately while doing their own bookkeeping

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Course Content

    • Introduction 00:02:00
    • Opening Pastel for the first time 00:10:00
    • Familiarise yourself with the system 00:04:00
    • Add opening balances 00:10:00
    • Report opening trial balance 00:01:00
    • Reverse opening balances – accruals and prepayments 00:09:00
    • Amend the nominal ledger 00:11:00
    • Enter customers 00:05:00
    • Customer details report 00:01:00
    • Get Your Certificate & Transcript 00:00:00

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