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Library Financial Management Certification Program

Libraries are typically formed as special purpose governments focused on providing access to information for citizens. As such, the approach to the financial management requires a different perspective than most local governments.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia has created an online certification program to meet this unique need. The program is comprised of six courses. Content includes budgeting, accounting, internal control, financial policies, purchasing, and payroll.

All classes will be delivered using Group Internet Based (webinar) and self-study methods. Prior to each webinar session, participants will be enrolled into an online course. To access the content, students will receive login information. Prior to each live webinar, participants will read required content and watch required videos. To receive credit for each course, the participant must successfully pass an online exam.  To earn a certificate, participants must successfully complete all six courses in the program within a three-year time frame.  Once certification is achieved, 12 hours of approved continuing education are required every two years to maintain certification.

Courses are priced individually.  Participant must register and pay for each course prior to attendance.

Instructors are experts in government finance. The lead instructor worked as a Business Manager for a large metro-Atlanta library system. That experience informed the development of this certification program. Fifty-two Georgia library business managers and library directors have successfully completed the certification.  Find out more about the instructors Tracy Arner, Beth Horacek, John Hulsey, and Dave Lakly.

 

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Courses Now Available!

  • Learn more about this great program by attending a free webinar!
    Balancing the Books - Strategies for Sound Financial Practices
    September 20, 2018
    Participants will earn 1.0 CPE or 1.0 CEU credits.
    Free one-hour webinar
    Register Now

  • Budgeting
    October 18 and 25, 2018
    Group Internet Based 2.5 CPE and 2.0 CEU
    QAS Self Study 1.5 CPE and 1.0 CEU
    $219 per person
    Register Now

  • Governmental Accounting for Libraries
    November 13, 26, and December 3, 2018
    Group Internet Based 5.5 CPE and 4.5 CEU
    QAS Self Study 11.0 CPE and 9.0 CEU
    $399 per person
    Register Now

  • Internal Control
    January 9, 2019
    Group Internet Based 1.0 CPE and 1.0 CEU
    QAS Self Study 2.0 CPE and 1.5 CEU

    $119 per person
    Register Now

  • Purchasing
    February 14 and 28, 2019
    Group Internet Based 2.5 CPE and 2.0 CEU
    QAS Self Study 0.5 CPE and .5 CEU

    $119 per person
    Register Now

  • Payroll Administration
    March 5, 18 and 29, 2019
    Group Internet Based 3.5 CPE and 3.0 CEU
    QAS Self Study 6.0 CPE and 5.0 CEU
    $219 per person
    Register Now

  • Financial Policies
    April 17 and 24, 2019
    Group Internet Based 2.5 CPE and 2.0 CEU
    QAS Self Study 1.0 CPE and 1.0 CEU
    $119 per person
    Register Now

Continuing Education

For all current certification holders, twelve hours of continuing education is required every two calendar years. Participants may select from the courses below. These courses are open to any student, whether or not they have previously earned the certification.

  • Online Courses

    • Accounting for Capital Assets
      3.0 CPE or 3.0 CEU credits
      $119 per person

      Available online

    • Annual GAAP Update
      3.0 CPE or 2.5 CEU credits
      $119 per person

      Available online

    • Essentials of Financial Management
      5.0 CPE or 4.0 CEU credits
      $159 per person

      Available online

    • GASB 84: Practical Guidance for Accounting for Fiduciary Activities
      1.0 CPE or 1.0 CEU credits
      $119 per person
      Available online

    • Open Meetings Open Records
      7.0 CPE or 6.0 CEU credits
      $219 per person
      Available online


    • Unwrapping the Audited Financial Statements: Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation
      2.5 CPE or 2.0 CEU credits

      $119 per person
      Available online
  • Webinars

    • Annual GAAP Update Webinar
      Januaruy 17, 24, and 31, 2019
      3 CPE or 2.5 CEU credits

      $119 per person
      Register Now

    • Importance of Budget Monitoring Webinar
      October 24, 2018
      1 CPE or 1 CEU credit
      $119 per person
      Register Now

    • Internal Control for Payroll Webinar
      September 21, 2018
      1 CPE or 1 CEU credit

      $119 per person
      Register Now

    • Safeguarding Against Fraud Webinar
      December 14 and 18, 2018
      2 CPE or 2 CEU credits

      $119 per person
      Register Now