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

Course Outline

Please note there are two methods to register for this course. Click the Single Registration button to register and pay online. To request an invoice, click the Single Registration button, and then select Checkout. Log in with your account information. Under payment method, select "Request for Invoice." Once you click this option, you must then select "Company Invoice" under Choose Payment Method. You will receive an email with the invoice attached.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to 

  • recite three categories of funds and generic fund types

  • define the purpose of a statement of position and operating statement

  • recite the three basis of accounting models

  • recall two different methods of measurement focus 

  • recite the five components of internal control

  • recall the importance of steps to safeguard assets

  • define the strategic plan's role in budgeting

  • recall the importance of fund balance in financial sustainability 

  • identify difference between a policy and procedure and discuss the role the board has in creating financial policies


Credits: Participants will earn 5 CPE, .4 CEU, 4 Contact Hours
2.5 CPE Accounting (Governmental)
1.0 CPE Specialized Knowledge
1.5 CPE Auditing (Governmental)

Attendance Policy: Not applicable, self-study
Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental), Specialized Knowledge, and Auditing (Governmental)

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

University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: https://www.nasbaregistry.org

Contact: For more information regarding refunds, concerns, and program cancellation policies, please contact Sherri Phillips at sherri.phillips@uga.edu .

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Section Title
Online Essentials of Financial Management
QAS Self-Study
Jul 01, 2023 to Jun 30, 2024
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee $159.00
Section Notes
No refund once course is accessed for the first time.
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