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Online Courses

Our online training courses combine the quality training associated with the Institute of Government with the flexibility to meet the needs of busy government employees and elected officials. These courses allow students to progress through their chosen courses at their own pace and on their own schedules without the travel time and related travel expenses commonly accompanying traditional classroom training courses.

Our online training courses are fully self-contained. There are no additional textbooks to purchase. Everything is online…from registration to completion of the course. Even though there is no direct contact with an instructor in these courses, participants have access to qualified Carl Vinson Institute of Government faculty to answer questions and further explain concepts through designated email accounts.

Our online courses cover important topics in financial and human resource management specific to state and local governments. Since their debut in 2001, the popularity of the online courses have grown, attracting not only students from Georgia, but nationwide and even internationally.

Course Descriptions

Boards of Equalization courses

Boards of Equalization and the Appeals Process

Developed by the Institute of Government in partnership with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), this online course provides eight hours of continuing education for members and alternates of county boards of equalization, tax commissioners, tax assessors, and tax appraisers. The course fulfills the required annual continuing education requirement for board members. 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.

The course may be taken once every four years by Tax Commissioners, Tax Appraisers, and Tax Assessors who are eligible to receive credit for the course.

There are no prerequisites for this course. The Georgia Department of Revenue awards pre-qualified Board of Equalization members and alternate members a Letter of Completion upon completion of the course. Others eligible to receive credit for this course may request a Certificate of Completion and the award of credit from the Department of Revenue. The University of Georgia awards 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

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Exempt Properties

This course is a self-study training course approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for Hearing Officers, members and alternate members of County Boards of Equalization, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers, and Assessment Contractors. Board of Equalization members and alternate members may complete the course during the first year of a reappointment term and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Hearing Officers, Tax Commissioners, Tax Appraisers, Tax Assessors, and Assessment Contractors may complete the class annually and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

This 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.

Successful graduates of this course will receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Georgia. Those pre-qualified Hearing Officers, Board of Equalization members and alternate members, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers and Assessment Contractors will receive a Letter of Completion from the Georgia Department of Revenue. The Letter of Completion will be emailed in the month following successful completion of the course.

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Hearing Officer Annual Update

This course is a self-study training course approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for Hearing Officers, members and alternate members of County Boards of Equalization, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers and Assessment Contractors. Board of Equalization members and alternate members may complete the course during the first year of a reappointment term and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Hearing Officers, Tax Commissioners, Tax Appraisers, Tax Assessors and Assessment Contractors may complete the class annually and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

This course will update you on hearing officer’s administrative processes and procedures, any recent changes in statutory or case law, and changes to important concepts and terminology.

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the course with the exception of board of equalization members and alternates who may only enroll to receive credit during the first year of a reappointment term to the board.

Successful graduates of this course will receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Georgia. Those pre-qualified Hearing Officers, Board of Equalization members and alternate members, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers, and Assessment Contractors will receive a Letter of Completion from the Georgia Department of Revenue. The Letter of Completion will be emailed in the month following successful completion of the course. 

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Specialized Assessments

This course is a self-study training course approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for members and alternate members of County Boards of Equalization, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers, and Assessment Contractors. Board of Equalization members and alternate members may complete the course during the first year of a reappointment term and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Tax Commissioners may complete the course annually and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Tax Appraisers, Tax Assessors and Assessment Contractors may complete the class once every four years and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

This course will update you on administrative, appraisal and equalization processes and procedures, any recent changes in statutory or case law, and updates on important concepts and terminology.

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in this course for members and alternative members of Georgia County Boards of Equalization, Tax Commissioners, and Assessment Contractors. Tax Assessors must have successfully completed their Foundation Courses as prerequisites. Tax Appraisers must have successfully completed Course 1 - Certification for Assessors, Course 1A - Assessment Fundamentals and the Specialized Assessments 20 hour class as prerequisites before enrolling in Specialized Assessments.

Successful graduates of this course will receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Georgia. Those pre-qualified Board of Equalization members and alternate members, Tax Commissioners, Tax Assessors, Tax Appraisers, and Assessment Contractors will receive a Letter of Completion from the Georgia Department of Revenue. The Letter of Completion will be emailed in the month following successful completion of the course. 

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Charter School Board Member Training course

Essentials of Financial Management

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

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

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Charter Schools Financial Management Certification Program Online Courses

Accounting for Capital Assets

This course will provide an overview of capital assets including the valuation, accounting, depreciation, and impairment.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting related of capital assets.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for developing or maintaining capital asset records.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Annual GAAP Update

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

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries financial management.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Essentials of Financial Management

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

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None.

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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GASB 84: Practical Guidance for Accounting for Fiduciary Activities

This course is designed to provide an overview and practical guidance for implementing GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of fund accounting

Who Should Attend: This session is for anyone involved in preparing or auditing state and local financial statements

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Internal Control for Payroll

Payroll is the most significant expenditure in a government's budget. As such, the process would benefit from a strong system of internal control. This online course will focus on the five components of internal control as related to the payroll process. At the end of this course, you will be able to define the payroll process, recall components and principles of internal control, and explain how creating and documenting a system of internal control can assist management in meeting payroll objectives.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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Open Meetings

This online course is for elected Georgia Public School Board of Education members and board members of locally-approved charter schools.

This course will provide an overview of Georgia’s open meetings law. The content is intended and designed for those who work with or in local governments. This includes school systems or charter schools.

This course will define meetings, explain rules designed to afford public access, and identify the narrow exceptions to openness. Possible penalties resulting from violations of open meeting laws will also be discussed. Practical examples and references to case law are provided to assist with interpretation of open meetings law requirements.

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Unwrapping The Audited Financial Statements: Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation 

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.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for providing financial analysis.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Intermediate

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Charter Schools Financial Management Certification Program Webinars

Importance of Budget Monitoring

1 hour webinar
October 24, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

Much time is spent on the budget preparation and approval process. The monitoring of budgetary compliance is equally important. This session will focus on the importance of proper budget allocation, use of encumbrances, revenue monitoring, and projecting revenues and expenditures. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to recall the importance of budget allocation, identify how encumbrances can help control expenditures, recall significance of revenue monitoring, and identify methods for projecting revenues and expenditures.

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Safeguarding Against Fraud

2 hour webinar
December 14, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
December 18, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

The purpose of this session is to provide a brief overview of the common types of fraud occurring within governments as well as provide the participant with tools to prevent and/or detect those frauds. At the end of this webinar, the participant should be able to recognize common types of fraud found in state and local governments, schools and school systems; recall how these frauds are perpetrated; and identify methods to prevent and/or detect those frauds.

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Annual GAAP Update

3 hour webinar
January 17, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 24, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 31, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental concepts in GAAP. At the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to recall recent pronouncements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and define how the recent pronouncements change financial reporting and enhance the understandability of government financial statements.

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GAAP Update for Charter Schools

March 6, 2019

This one-hour webinar will provide an update on recent standards issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board that are of particular interest to professionals working at charter schools.

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Human Resources course

Human Resources: An Online Course for Governmental Officials

This online course is designed to acquaint elected officials and staff with the fundamentals of human resources management. The course gives students a solid understanding of interview and hiring processes, employee performance appraisal, and basic legal issues related to government employment.

The course includes information on personnel law and the basics of human resource management, including the day-to-day issues facing human resource staffs, the role of the personnel manager, and methods for establishing and adhering to sound personnel policies and procedures.

The online course fulfills a course requirement for certificates for elected officials. County commissioners can take the class for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia’s (ACCG) County Commissioners Training Program. Mayors and city council members can use the course to fulfill a requirement for the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute.

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

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Library Financial Management Certification Program Online Courses

Accounting for Capital AssetsThis course will provide an overview of capital assets including the valuation, accounting, depreciation, and impairment.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting related of capital assets.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for developing or maintaining capital asset records.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Annual GAAP Update

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

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries financial management.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Budgeting for Libraries

This course will focus on roles of the board and staff in the budget preparation process, estimating revenues and expenditures, projection of ending fund balance, budget justification, and budget monitoring.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone working in library financial management including business managers, library directors and similar staff.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method:
QAS Self Study 4.0 CPE and 3.0 CEU

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Essentials of Financial Management

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

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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GASB 84: Practical Guidance for Accounting for Fiduciary Activities

This course is designed to provide an overview and practical guidance for implementing GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of fund accounting

Who Should Attend: This session is for anyone involved in preparing or auditing state and local financial statements

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Internal Control for Payroll

Payroll is the most significant expenditure in a government's budget. As such, the process would benefit from a strong system of internal control. This online course will focus on the five components of internal control as related to the payroll process. At the end of this course, you will be able to define the payroll process, recall components and principles of internal control, and explain how creating and documenting a system of internal control can assist management in meeting payroll objectives.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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Open Meetings Open Records

This online course is designed to provide an overview of the Open Meetings Open Records laws and procedures for Georgia local governments. 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. 

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of local government

Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government in Georgia. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Unwrapping The Audited Financial Statements: Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation

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.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for providing financial analysis.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Intermediate

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Library Financial Management Certification Program Webinars

Importance of Budget Monitoring

1 hour webinar
October 24, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

Much time is spent on the budget preparation and approval process. The monitoring of budgetary compliance is equally important. This session will focus on the importance of proper budget allocation, use of encumbrances, revenue monitoring, and projecting revenues and expenditures. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to recall the importance of budget allocation, identify how encumbrances can help control expenditures, recall significance of revenue monitoring, and identify methods for projecting revenues and expenditures.

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Safeguarding Against Fraud

2 hour webinar
December 14, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
December 18, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

The purpose of this session is to provide a brief overview of the common types of fraud occurring within governments as well as provide the participant with tools to prevent and/or detect those frauds. At the end of this webinar, the participant should be able to recognize common types of fraud found in state and local governments, schools and school systems; recall how these frauds are perpetrated; and identify methods to prevent and/or detect those frauds.

Register

Annual GAAP Update

3 hour webinar
January 17, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 24, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 31, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental concepts in GAAP. At the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to recall recent pronouncements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and define how the recent pronouncements change financial reporting and enhance the understandability of government financial statements.

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Local Finance Program Courses

Level I Certification Online Courses

Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

This online course is designed primarily for state and local governmental employees who require knowledge of the local government capital improvement program process. The course also fulfills a Level 1 requirement for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Government Finance Officer Certification Program. 

Government entities, such as municipalities, school districts, and recreation departments, use a capital improvement program (CIP) to systematically evaluate potential projects. This 12-hour course will familiarize you with the capital improvement plan process, review 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. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

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Debt Administration

This online course is designed primarily for state and local governmental employees who require knowledge of the issuance of debt in governments. The course also fulfills a Level 1 requirement for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Government Finance Officer Certification Program.

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. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

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Introductory Budget

This course is designed primarily for state and local governmental employees who require knowledge of the local government budget process. The course also fulfills a Level 1 requirement for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Finance Officer Certification program.

This 12-hour 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. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

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Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part I

In this 24-hour 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. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Also, upon successful completion of all three accounting courses (Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part I; Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part II; and Intermediate Governmental Accounting) a Certificate of Completion from the University of Georgia is awarded to all enrollees who are not employed by either the State of Georgia or any Georgia local government.

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Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part II

In this 24-hour course, students build on the knowledge obtained in Introductory Governmental Accounting Part I, gaining additional skills in all phases of governmental accounting and financial reporting. 

Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part I is a prerequisite for this course. The University of Georgia awards 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Also, upon successful completion of all three accounting courses (Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part I; Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part II; and Intermediate Governmental Accounting) a Certificate of Completion from the University of Georgia is awarded to all enrollees who are not employed by either the State of Georgia or any Georgia local government. Additionally, the course fulfills a Level I requirement for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Finance Officer Certification program.

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Purchasing

This 12-hour course exposes students to basic concepts and terminology for understanding purchasing in a governmental environment. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Additionally, this course meets a Level I core course requirement in the Local Finance Officer Certification program for local governmental personnel in the State of Georgia.

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Treasury Management

This course is designed primarily for state and local governmental employees who require knowledge of the local government treasury management process. Local government financial personnel need a thorough understanding of treasury, which encompasses cash flow forecasting, disbursements, collections, relationships with banks and investments firms, and so much more.

This 12-hour 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. 

There is no prerequisite for this course. The University of Georgia awards 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Additionally, this course meets a Level I core course requirement in the Local Finance Officer Certification program for local governmental personnel in the State of Georgia.

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Level II Certification Online Courses

Intermediate Budget

This online course is designed primarily for state and local government employees who require knowledge of local government budgeting. The course fulfills a Level II requirement for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Finance Officer Certification program. 

This course teaches students how to develop a budget and use it as a policy document, communications device, financial plan, and management tool. In this 12-hour course, 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. 

Introductory Budget is a prerequisite for this course. The University of Georgia awards 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

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Intermediate Governmental Accounting

This online course is the third of a three-course program designed primarily for state and local government employees who require knowledge of governmental accounting. The other two are Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part I and Part II.  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 this course. 

This course focuses on how transactions are reported in external financial statements required for state and local governments. This course is required for completion of the Georgia State Certificate Program and the Georgia Local Government Certification Program.

Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part I and Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part II are prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 3.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Also, upon successful completion of all three accounting courses, a Certificate of Completion from the University of Georgia is awarded to all enrollees who are not employed by either the State of Georgia or any Georgia local government.

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Revenue Administration

This course is designed primarily for state and local government employees who require knowledge of the different types of revenues generated in governments. 

This 12-hour 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. 

There is no prerequisite for this course. The University of Georgia awards 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Additionally, this course meets a Level II core course requirement in the Local Finance Officer Certification program for local governmental personnel in the State of Georgia.

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Elective/Continuing Education Webinars

Importance of Budget Monitoring

1 hour webinar
October 24, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

Much time is spent on the budget preparation and approval process. The monitoring of budgetary compliance is equally important. This session will focus on the importance of proper budget allocation, use of encumbrances, revenue monitoring, and projecting revenues and expenditures. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to recall the importance of budget allocation, identify how encumbrances can help control expenditures, recall significance of revenue monitoring, and identify methods for projecting revenues and expenditures.

Register

Safeguarding Against Fraud

2 hour webinar
December 14, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
December 18, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

The purpose of this session is to provide a brief overview of the common types of fraud occurring within governments as well as provide the participant with tools to prevent and/or detect those frauds. At the end of this webinar, the participant should be able to recognize common types of fraud found in state and local governments, schools and school systems; recall how these frauds are perpetrated; and identify methods to prevent and/or detect those frauds.

Register

Annual GAAP Update

3 hour webinar
January 17, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 24, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 31, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental concepts in GAAP. At the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to recall recent pronouncements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and define how the recent pronouncements change financial reporting and enhance the understandability of government financial statements.

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Elective/Continuing Education Online Courses

Accounting for Capital Assets
This course will provide an overview of capital assets including the valuation, accounting, depreciation, and impairment.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting related of capital assets.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for developing or maintaining capital asset records.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Annual GAAP Update

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

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries financial management.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Capital Improvement Program Overview Online Course

This online course is designed to provide an overview of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process from the beginning stages of assessing the capital needs and requests, developing the capital plan and budget during the budget process, determining the appropriate funding sources and managing capital projects after budget adoption. Some of the information included in the course pertains directly to Georgia. 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.   

Participants will earn 3.0 CPE Credits or 3.0 CEU credits
Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of capital budgeting and planning process.

Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in development or administration of the capital budgeting and planning process.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Essentials of Financial Management

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

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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GASB 84: Practical Guidance for Accounting for Fiduciary Activities

This course is designed to provide an overview and practical guidance for implementing GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of fund accounting

Who Should Attend: This session is for anyone involved in preparing or auditing state and local financial statements

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Internal Control for Payroll

Payroll is the most significant expenditure in a government's budget. As such, the process would benefit from a strong system of internal control. This online course will focus on the five components of internal control as related to the payroll process. At the end of this course, you will be able to define the payroll process, recall components and principles of internal control, and explain how creating and documenting a system of internal control can assist management in meeting payroll objectives.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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Internal Controls – Accounts Payable and Cash Disbursements

This course is one of a series of four internal control courses designed primarily for state and local government employees who require knowledge of basic internal controls. The other three internal control courses offered in this series include Internal Controls—Accounts Receivable and Cash Receipts, Internal Controls—Payroll and Internal Controls—Capital Assets.

This 6-hour course targets the comprehensive internal controls that should exist for accounts payable and cash disbursements in a governmental environment. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Also, a Certificate of Completion from the University of Georgia is awarded to all enrollees who complete the four-course series in a 12-month period. Additionally, this course fulfills elective requirements for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Finance Officers Certification program.

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Internal Controls – Accounts Receivable and Cash Receipts

This course is one of a series of four internal control courses designed primarily for state and local government employees who require knowledge of basic internal controls. The other three internal control courses offered in this series include Internal Controls—Accounts Payable and Cash Disbursements, Internal Controls—Payroll and Internal Controls—Capital Assets.

This 6-hour course familiarizes students with the components of a comprehensive internal control system and the importance of internal controls. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Also, a Certificate of Completion from the University of Georgia is awarded to all enrollees who complete the four-course series in a 12-month period. Additionally, this course fulfills elective requirements for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Finance Officers Certification program.

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Internal Controls – Capital Assets

This course is one of a series of four internal control courses designed primarily for state and local government employees who require knowledge of basic internal controls. The other three internal control courses offered in this series include Internal Controls—Accounts Payable and Cash Disbursements, Internal Controls—Accounts Receivable and Cash Receipts, and Internal Controls—Payroll.

This 6-hour 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. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Also, a Certificate of Completion from the University of Georgia is awarded to all enrollees who complete the four-course series in a 12-month period. Additionally, this course fulfills elective requirements for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Finance Officers Certification program.

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Internal Controls – Payroll

This course is one of a series of four internal control courses designed primarily for state and local government employees who require knowledge of basic internal controls. The other three internal control courses offered in this series include Internal Controls—Accounts Payable and Cash Disbursements, Internal Controls—Accounts Receivable and Cash Receipts, and Internal Controls—Capital Assets.

This 6-hour 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. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course. Also, a Certificate of Completion from the University of Georgia is awarded to all enrollees who complete the four-course series in a 12-month period. Additionally, this course fulfills elective requirements for Georgia local government employees who are enrolled in the Local Finance Officers Certification program.

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Local Government Debt Methods

This online course is designed to provide an overview of the debt administration process within a government. The course will focus on the reasons governments borrow money, short-term versus long-term debt, the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), debt policy, common types of debt issued and players in the debt process, method of sale, bond documents and continuing disclosure and refunding process. 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.

Participants will earn 3.0 CPE Credits or 3.0 CEU credits
Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of debt process for governments

Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in development or administration of debt within a government

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Open Meetings Open Records - Local Government

This online course is designed to provide an overview of the Open Meetings Open Records laws and procedures for Georgia local governments. 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. 

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of local government

Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government in Georgia. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Taking Responsibility for Your Financial Statements

This online 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. 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.   

Participants will earn 3.0 CPE Credits or 3.0 CEU credits
Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)

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

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Unwrapping The Audited Financial Statements: Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation

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.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for providing financial analysis.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Intermediate

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Municipal Elected Officials courses

Capital Improvement Program Online Course

This online course is an elective course for the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute and is designed to provide an overview of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process from the beginning stages of assessing the capital needs and requests, developing the capital plan and budget during the budget process, determining the appropriate funding sources and managing capital projects after budget adoption. Some of the information included in the course pertains directly to Georgia. 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. Recommended internet is at least DSL with a speed of 3mbps.  

Participants will earn 3.0 CPE Credits or 3.0 CEU credits
Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of capital budgeting and planning process.

Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in development or administration of the capital budgeting and planning process.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Local Government Debt Methods

This online course is an elective course for the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute and is designed to provide an overview of the debt administration process within a government. The course will focus on the reasons governments borrow money, short-term versus long-term debt, the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), debt policy, common types of debt issued and players in the debt process, method of sale, bond documents and continuing disclosure and refunding process. 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. Recommended internet is at least DSL with a speed of 3mbps.

Participants will earn 3.0 CPE Credits or 3.0 CEU credits
Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of debt process for governments

Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in development or administration of debt within a government

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Open Meetings Open Records

This online course is designed to provide an overview of the Open Meetings Open Records laws and procedures for Georgia local governments. It is a required course for the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute’s certificate programs for Certificates of Recognition, Achievement, Excellence, and Distinction and Dedication. 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. Recommended internet is at least DSL with a speed of 3mbps. 

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of local government

Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government in Georgia. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Human Resources: An Online Course for Governmental Officials

This online course is designed to acquaint elected officials and staff with the fundamentals of human resources management. The course gives students a solid understanding of interview and hiring processes, employee performance appraisal, and basic legal issues related to government employment.

The course includes information on personnel law and the basics of human resource management, including the day-to-day issues facing human resource staffs, the role of the personnel manager, and methods for establishing and adhering to sound personnel policies and procedures.

The online course fulfills a course requirement for certificates for elected officials. County commissioners can take the class for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia’s (ACCG) County Commissioners Training Program. Mayors and city council members can use the course to fulfill a requirement for the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute.

There are no prerequisites for this course. The University of Georgia awards 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

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State Financial Training Program Courses

Elective/Continuing Education Webinars

Safeguarding Against Fraud

2 hour webinar
December 14, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
December 18, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

The purpose of this session is to provide a brief overview of the common types of fraud occurring within governments as well as provide the participant with tools to prevent and/or detect those frauds. At the end of this webinar, the participant should be able to recognize common types of fraud found in state and local governments, schools and school systems; recall how these frauds are perpetrated; and identify methods to prevent and/or detect those frauds.

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Annual GAAP Update

3 hour webinar
January 17, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 24, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
January 31, 2019 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental concepts in GAAP. At the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to recall recent pronouncements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and define how the recent pronouncements change financial reporting and enhance the understandability of government financial statements.

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Elective/Continuing Education Online Courses

Accounting for Capital Assets
This course will provide an overview of capital assets including the valuation, accounting, depreciation, and impairment.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting related of capital assets.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for developing or maintaining capital asset records.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Annual GAAP Update

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

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries financial management.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Essentials of Financial Management

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

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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GASB 84: Practical Guidance for Accounting for Fiduciary Activities

This course is designed to provide an overview and practical guidance for implementing GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of fund accounting

Who Should Attend: This session is for anyone involved in preparing or auditing state and local financial statements

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Internal Control for Payroll

Payroll is the most significant expenditure in a government's budget. As such, the process would benefit from a strong system of internal control. This online course will focus on the five components of internal control as related to the payroll process. At the end of this course, you will be able to define the payroll process, recall components and principles of internal control, and explain how creating and documenting a system of internal control can assist management in meeting payroll objectives.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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Taking Responsibility for Your Financial Statements

This online 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. 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.   

Participants will earn 3.0 CPE Credits or 3.0 CEU credits
Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)

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

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Unwrapping The Audited Financial Statements: Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation

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.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for providing financial analysis.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Intermediate

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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