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Level I Finance Officer Certification Courses

Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

This course will provide an overview of the capital improvement process, the importance of the strategic plan, budget policy, and the comprehensive plan in the development of the CIP, prioritizing requests, various funding options for the CIP as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each, and elements in managing the CIP and CIP balances after adoption of the plan by the governing authority.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.  

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Live

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Debt Administration

This course will provide an overview of debt instruments available to local governments, the difference between a competitive and negotiated sale of municipal securities, the requirements and limitations of Georgia statutes as they relate to issuance of debt, the bond rating process, roles and responsibilities of the various players for a bond issuance, and the components of official statements used in debt offerings.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.  

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Live

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Introductory Budget

This course will provide an overview of an efficient budget preparation process, the importance of budget policy, the role of revenue estimating and forecasting, various budget types, State of Georgia laws that govern budgeting, components of a quality budget presentation, and various elements of budgetary control and administration.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.  

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Live

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Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part I

This course will focus on the basic accounting equation, how certain transactions affect the accounting equation and the relationship of the balance sheet and the operating statement at the fund level. It also provides instruction on how to record financial transactions using the modified accrual basis of accounting at the fund level.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

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Introductory Governmental Accounting, Part II

Introductory Governmental Accounting Part II builds on the basic governmental concepts that were discussed in Introductory Governmental Accounting Part I. It examines in detail the principles and procedures of sound record keeping and the maintenance of accurate financial data.

Prerequisites: Introductory Governmental Accounting Part I

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

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Purchasing

This course will provide an overview of the procurement function and purchasing process, formal and informal purchasing methods, purchasing documentation, records management and purchasing ethics.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.  

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Live

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Treasury Management

This course will provide an overview of cash management, banking services, cash flow forecasting, collection methods available and strategies to improve collections, managing disbursements, types of investment instruments, applying the basic concepts of internal control to treasury management, and the importance of proper staffing and supervision of the treasury management function.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.  

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Live

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Level II Finance Officer 

Certification  Courses

Intermediate Budget

This course will provide an overview of the differences between public and private sector budgeting, performance budgeting, revenue analysis and forecasting, property taxes and the millage setting process, expenditure analysis and forecasting, communicating the budget and budget document, and monitoring the budget.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.  

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic                      

Delivery Method: Group Live

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Intermediate Governmental Accounting

Intermediate Governmental Accounting examines the governmental environment and how governmental GAAP have been designed to meet the objectives of financial reporting in governments.  This course concentrates on financial reporting in governments and looks at the financial reporting model as prescribed by GASBS 34, ending with an exercise reconciling the governmental fund level financial statements to the government-wide financial statements.   

Prerequisites: Introductory Governmental Accounting Part I and II

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

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Internal Control

This course will provide an overview of the five components of internal control: control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication and monitoring.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.  

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Live

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Revenue Administration

This course will provide an overview of revenue administration including the importance of revenue policies, primary local government revenue streams, and how to improve revenue collections.   

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This course is for local government accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for oversight and administration of a local government’s finances.  

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Live

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