Online Training Courses

Unlike face-to-face classes, which a busy government employee may not have time to attend, the Institute's online classes allow students to progress through their chosen courses at their own pace and on their own schedules.
Contact: Michele Jurkiewicz, mjurkiew@uga.edu; 404.463.6804

The Institute's self-paced online courses are offered in partnership with the UGA Center for Continuing Education. Traditional classroom training courses are also available.

Boards of Equalization

Boards of Equalization and the Appeals Process
This is an online, self-study course developed by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Department of Revenue for members and alternate members of county boards of equalization pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-311. This online course fulfills the 8-hour annual continuing education requirement for instruction in appraisal and equalization procedures and 8 hours of the 20 hour requirement in appraisal and equalization processes and procedures within the first year of appointment upon term renewal.

Also, the course may be taken annually by tax commissioners, tax appraisers, tax assessors, and assessment contractors for continuing education credit awarded by the Georgia Department of Revenue. Read More

Exempt Properties
This is an online, self-study course developed by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Department of Revenue for members and alternate members of county boards of equalization, tax commissioners, tax assessors, tax appraisers and assessment contractors. This 4-hour course identifies the categories of real and personal property that are exempt from ad valorem taxation along with the federal and state laws granting the specific exemptions and noteworthy court cases for precedents and clarification. Read More

Hearing Officer Annual Update 2016
This is an online, self-study course developed by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Department of Revenue for hearing officers, members and alternate members of county boards of equalization, tax commissioners, tax assessors, tax appraisers, and assessment contractors.

This 4-hour web course updates you on hearing officer's administrative processes and procedures, any recent changes in statutory or case law, and changes to important concepts and terminology.  Read More

Specialized Assessments
This is an online, self-study course developed by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Department of Revenue for members and alternate members of county boards of equalization, tax commissioners, tax assessors, tax appraisers and assessment contractors.

This 4-hour web course includes five lessons covering a broad overview of types of property with preferential tax treatment, as allowed by the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, including Conservation Use Property, Brownfield Property, Rehabilitated Historic and Landmark Historic Property, Preferential Agricultural Property and Georgia Forest Land Protection Act Property. Read More

Human Resources

Human Resources: An Online Course for Governmental Officials
Elected officials and staff will learn the fundamentals of human resources management through this online class. Students will gain a solid understanding of interview and hiring processes, employee performance appraisal, and basic legal issues related to government employment. Read More

Finance Officer Certification Courses

Capital Improvement Program
A capital improvement is a substantial, nonrecurring expenditure for a physical improvement with a long useful life. Government entities, such as municipalities, school districts, and recreation departments, use a capital improvement program (CIP) to systematically evaluate potential projects. This course will familiarize you with the capital improvement plan process, why governments need a CIP and how it relates to operating budgets, the different components in the development of a CIP, the process of performing a capital needs assessment, and the basic concepts and terminology in preparing and implementing a CIP. Read More

Debt Administration
This course familiarizes students with basic concepts and terminology in the issuance of general obligation and revenue bonds and provides industry best practices. By completing this 12-hour online course, students will gain knowledge and skills that will help them understand the process of issuing debt in a government. Read More

Intermediate Budget
This course teaches students how to develop a budget and use it as a policy document, communications device, financial plan, and management tool. Students will learn how budgeting is different in the public sector, different methods of performance measurement, how to analyze and forecast both revenues and expenditures, how to communicate the budget to interested parties, and how to monitor the budget once adopted. Read More

Internal Controls - Accounts Payable and Cash Disbursements
This course targets the comprehensive internal controls that should exist for accounts payable and cash disbursements in a governmental environment. Read More

Internal Controls - Accounts Receivable and Cash Receipts
This course familiarizes students with the components of a comprehensive internal control system and the importance of internal controls. Read More

Internal Controls - Capital Assets
This course familiarizes students with the components of a comprehensive internal control system and the importance of internal controls, the comprehensive internal controls that should exist for capital assets, and what is required for a proper segregation of duties for managing capital assets. Read More

Internal Controls - Payroll
This course explains the components of a comprehensive internal control system and the importance of internal controls, the comprehensive internal controls that should exist for payroll, and what is required for a proper segregation of duties for payroll. Read More

Introductory Budget
This course familiarizes students with the basic concepts and terminology in preparing and implementing a local government budget. Students learn types of budgets and their components, how to prepare revenue estimates and budget summaries, the process of creating, implementing and monitoring a budget, and how to establish budgetary controls and budgets for contingencies. Read More

Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part I
In this course students become familiar with basic accounting systems, elements of financial reports, and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for state and local governments. After progressing through each lesson, students will complete a timed course examination. Read More

Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part II
Students build on the knowledge obtained in Introductory Governmental Accounting Part I, gaining additional skills in all phases of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Read More

Intermediate Governmental Accounting
After completing Introductory Governmental Accounting Parts I and II, students can continue to grow their knowledge of financial reporting in state and local governments through the Intermediate Governmental Accounting class. The course focuses on how transactions are reported in external financial statements required for state and local governments. It is required for completion of the Georgia State Certificate Program and the Georgia Local Government Certification Program. Read More

Purchasing
Government purchasing professionals are responsible for obtaining materials, equipment and services at the best overall value for their employer. To do so effectively, they must perform many crucial steps. These can include developing procurement strategies, writing specifications, reviewing supplier proposals, selecting suppliers, negotiating contracts, placing orders, and evaluating vendor performance. This course exposes students to basic concepts and terminology for understanding purchasing in a governmental environment. Read More

Revenue Administration
This course familiarizes students with the types of revenues that governments typically generate. Students will also learn the history of revenue types and about current trends in governmental revenue administration. Read More

Treasury Management
This course familiarizes students with the legal and political considerations and parameters within which a treasury management system functions. Students also learn how governments utilize investment economics and various investment alternatives. In addition, students learn about banking systems and how they affect local government treasury management and the concepts of contracting for banking services. Read More

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