State Financial Management Certificate Program
The State Financial Management Certificate Program's purpose is to ensure that state employees understand how to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to the transactions and events that occur in a government environment. The program currently offers the Primary Governmental Accounting Series and governmental accounting update workshops. State officials can take advantage of an expanded list of topics by participating in courses offered through the Institute of Government's Local Finance Officer Certification Program.
The Primary Accounting Series consists of three classes: Introductory Governmental Accounting I and II, and Intermediate Governmental Accounting. Beginning in FY 2012, the Intermediate I and II courses have been combined under one course heading, Intermediate Governmental Accounting, and the final examination will be given on the last day of class. Both Introductory classes are designed for governmental accounting paraprofessionals and accountants. The Intermediate class is designed for accountants and senior-level financial management personnel.
As participants progress through the courses, they learn increasingly complex accounting principles and concepts. At the conclusion of each class, participants must successfully complete an examination. Individuals who attend and successfully complete all three courses receive a certificate and are recognized in a graduation ceremony.