Local Finance Officer Certification Program
Cities and counties need sound financial management practices to operate efficiently and effectively. To help, the Institute of Government provides a variety of continuing education opportunities for local government officials and personnel in the areas of governmental accounting and other financial topics. Finance officers who participate in training and development can work toward two levels of certification, and the Institute offers a growing number of convenient online courses to help reduce travel costs.
Level I certification requires completion of all six topics (seven courses) within a three-year time frame. Upon completion of the required courses, the participant is certified for a period of two years from the date of the last course taken.
Level II certification requires four core courses, two elective courses, and a financial management project completed outside the classroom within a three-year time frame. For participants' convenience, the core courses are offered at central locations in the state. Upon completion of the six required courses (core and elective) and the financial management project, the participant is certified for a period of two years from the date of the last course taken. Once certification is achieved, 15 hours of approved continuing education are required every two years for certified Finance Officers to maintain certification.
Courses offered through the Local Finance Officer Certification Program cover a variety of topics that are pertinent to finance practitioners at all levels of government. Registration is not restricted to local government finance officers.