The State Financial Training Program offers the Primary Governmental Accounting Series, the Budget and Financial Management Certification Program, and other topics selected to enhance your professional development.
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. All classes should be taken in the same fiscal year.
Find out more information about the courses and view the course schedule.
The Budget and Financial Management Certification Program offers an overview of the state's budget and fiscal management cycle. Current courses that are offered include Language of Accounting, TeamWorks Literacy and Orientation, Revenue and Expenditure Analysis, Budget Administration for State Government, Revenue Administration for State Government, Debt Administration for State Government, Internal Controls for State Government, and Purchasing Basics in Georgia State Government. Students have three years to complete all coursework.
Exploring the BCR (3 hours CE)
This course will offer an in-depth look at the Budgetary Compliance Report. It will cover agency responsibilities associated with managing Budgetary Compliance throughout the fiscal year, SAO's responsibilities in compiling and publishing the report, and how to use the final report.
Federal Grant Compliance Update (6 hours CE)
This one-day course provides an overview of the Uniform Grant Guidance.
Attendance at classroom sessions is required. A participant who misses more than one-half
day of a class must repeat the entire course.
Taking Responsibility for Your Financial Statements (3.0 CPE Credits or 3.0 CEU credits)
This course is designed to provide an overview of the importance of internal controls over financial reporting, auditor and auditee responsibilities of an audit engagement, and how to use the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts checklist as a control tool when preparing financial statements.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of accounting and auditing
Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in preparing or auditing state and local financial statements
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
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.
GAAP Update (Two 1-hour sessions; 2 hours CE)
This course will provide an update on recent standards issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Upon successful completion of this course, the participant should be able to recall recently issued GASB standards and discuss reporting issues common to Georgia governments.
GASB 84: Practical Guidance for Accounting for Fiduciary Activities Webinar (1-hour
session; 1 CE hour)
This course will provide an overview and practical guidance for implementing GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities.
Unwrapping The Audited Financial Statements: Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation
and Presentation Webinar (Two 1-hour sessions; 2 CE hours)
This course will focus on the financial analysis of a government's audited financial statements as a means to provide information on the entity's financial health to the governing body, and effective methods for presenting the annual audited financial statements to the jurisdiction's governing body.
Accounting for Capital Assets (Three 1-hour sessions; 3 CE hours)
This course will provide an overview of capital assets including the valuation, accounting, depreciation, and impairment.