Boards of Equalization and the Appeals Process
A new online, self-study course, developed by the Institute in partnership with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) provides eight hours of continuing education for members and alternates of county boards of equalization, tax commissioners, tax assessors, and tax appraisers. This course uses interactive media to enhance your learning experience. Complete the online course at your own pace, eliminating travel. Ten comprehensive course lessons cover a broad overview of appraisal and equalization processes, updates on important concepts and terminology, and recent changes in statutory or case law. [Note: DOR approved for eight hours continuing education. BOE members annually; all others once every four years.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.