Local governments require sound financial management practices to operate efficiently and effectively. We provide a variety of educational opportunities for local governments in the areas of governmental accounting, budgeting, and other financial subjects. Courses cover topics that are pertinent to finance practitioners at all levels of government. The Local Financial Training Program offers the Local Finance Officer Certification Program, and new for FY 2018, the Primary Governmental Accounting Series. We also offer a growing number of convenient online courses to help reduce travel costs.
Participants can work toward two levels of certification:
This certification requires completion of seven courses within a three-year time frame. Once certification is achieved, 15 hours of approved continuing education are required every two years for Certified Finance Officers to maintain certification. All Level I classes can be completed in the classroom or online. These courses comprise the Level I curriculum.
This certification requires completion of four core courses, 12 elective course hours, and a financial management project within a three-year time frame. Once certification is achieved, 15 hours of approved continuing education are required every two years for Certified Finance Officers to maintain certification. These courses comprise the Level II curriculum.
Successful completion of a financial management project is required for completion of the Level II program. The project can pertain to any financial management issue that participants encounter in the course of their regular employment duties. The project's purpose is for participants to demonstrate application of the topics learned in the Levels I and II curricula.
The project must be submitted in electronic format to facilitate sharing with other government employees requiring guidance in the particular area.
Before beginning a project, the participant must register and pay a registration fee of $199 and then submit the Project Proposal form. Projects may not be submitted unless prior approval has been obtained by the Institute of Government and an immediate supervisor. Once a proposal has been approved, the project may begin. Upon submittal of a project, the Project Transmittal form must be included.
Examples of projects include
developing financial policies and procedures
creating an electronic budget process
creating a budget process instruction manual
conducting first request for proposal banking services
Each year, elective topics are selected. Content focuses on specialized knowledge
or current financial topics.
The Primary Governmental Accounting Series gives you a better understanding of how to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to transactions and events that occur in a government setting. The series consists of three classes: Introductory Governmental Accounting I and II and Intermediate Governmental Accounting. These classes are also available online. Upon completion of all three courses, a certificate will be awarded.