Online Essentials of Financial Management

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Participants will earn 5 CPE, .4 CEU, 4 Contact Hours
2.5 CPE Accounting (Governmental)
1.0 CPE Specialized Knowledge
1.5 CPE Auditing (Governmental)

Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental) and Specialized Knowledge 

This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental concepts in government finance. 


Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to 

  • recite three categories of funds and generic fund types

  • define the purpose of a statement of position and operating statement

  • recite the three basis of accounting models

  • recall two different methods of measurement focus 

  • recite the five components of internal control

  • recall the importance of steps to safeguard assets

  • define the strategic plan's role in budgeting

  • recall the importance of fund balance in financial sustainability 

  • identify difference between a policy and procedure and discuss the role the board has in creating financial policies


Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? Veteran charter board members of locally-approved non-profit charter schools

Advance Preparation: None. Meets the 3-hour financial governance training for veteran charter board members. Includes “bonus” content on the importance of safeguarding assets. Identifies control activities for fraud prevention and detection for common transactions. Total course length: 4 hours

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

  • Final exam is required with a minimum score of 70%, one retest is allowed. Should you not pass the second attempt, you will be required to register for the course again. 


Complete the course's required online quizzes and exercises within 30 days of receiving the "Welcome" email with course URL, username and password information.


NASBA logoUniversity of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:  https://www.nasbaregistry.org


For more information regarding refund, concerns and program cancellation policies, please contact Sharon VerBeek at the contact information listed.


January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021