Training and Professional Development

Financial Management Programs

The Institute of Government offers a variety of financial training programs for city, county, state, school and library system finance and office personnel.


Primary Governmental Accounting Series

This series gives a better understanding of how to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to transactions and events that occur in a government setting and is applicable to local and state government.

Local Government Certification Online

Start courses at any time, and progress at your own pace. Find a course that’s right for you, and build a foundational understanding of accounting, financial management and human resources in a governmental environment.

Local Government Level I Certification

Local governments require sound financial management practices to operate efficiently and effectively. This certification's courses cover topics that are pertinent to finance practitioners at all levels of a local government.

State Financial Management Certification

The Budget and Financial Management Certification Program offers an overview of the state's budget and fiscal management cycle and is ideal for participants working in state government.

Local Government Level II Certification

Level II certification requires completion of four core courses, 12 elective course hours and a financial management project within a three-year time frame. Level I certification is a prerequisite.

Library Financial Management Certification

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


Signature Offerings

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Public Finance Leadership Academy (PFLA)

Offered in partnership between the Institute of Government and Georgia Government Finance Officers Association, the PFLA equips new and emerging public sector financial management leaders with the knowledge they need to successfully manage the fiscal affairs and activities of a local government.

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School Financial Accounting Personnel Certificate Program

This professional learning program is designed for K-12 school-based support personnel who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of school finance and ensuring a school’s financial procedures are in line with applicable policies and laws.

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Georgia Certified Economic Developer (GCED)

GCED reflects the realities of economic development in Georgia and helps economic development professionals enhance their knowledge and skills in five competency areas.

Certified Public Manager (CPM)

CPM offers professional development and recognized national certification for public managers working in various areas of public institutions and government.

Certified Downtown Professional (CDP)

CDP provides downtown professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively and responsibly foster growth, development, revitalization, and preservation of downtown districts