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July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 Class Schedule

Seven courses are required to complete the certificate. Courses listed below have three delivery methods - Live Virtual, Classroom, OR Online, Self-Study. To select Live Virtual or Classroom, select the course title to view dates.

Local governments require sound financial management practices to operate efficiently and effectively. We provide a variety of educational opportunities for local governments in the areas of governmental accounting, budgeting and other financial subjects. Courses cover topics that are pertinent to finance practitioners at all levels of government. The Local Financial Training Program offers the Local Finance Officer Certification Program and the Primary Governmental Accounting Series. 

Level I certification

This certification requires completion of seven courses within a three-year time frame. Once certification is achieved, 15 hours of approved continuing education are required every two years for Certified Finance Officers to maintain certification. The two-year reporting period begins January 1 of the odd year and ends on December 31 of the even year. No continuing education is required in the calendar year the certification is earned. For those certified one year but less than two during the reporting period, six hours will be required during the initial certification period. All Level I classes can be completed in the classroom or online.