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State, county and local governments need these skills!

Two arms of the University of Georgia, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, have teamed up to offer online courses that increase your knowledge of specialized governmental functions. Enjoy the convenience of starting anytime and studying at your pace, anytime and anywhere, as you prepare for or enhance your career in public service.

Each of these courses helps you build a foundational understanding of accounting, financial management and human resources in a governmental environment.

Governmental Accounting – a three course series

Ten lessons give you a sound grounding in basic accounting in a governmental environment. Topics covered include the chart of accounts, double entry accounting, accounting systems and records, fund accounting, payroll and benefit accounting, and more.

In this next course, you’ll learn the basics of fund financial statements and expand your knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for state and local governments. Topics include accounting for interfund activities, encumbrances, revenue, receipts, and disbursements. (Prerequisite: Part I)

This final program in this 3-course series focuses on financial reporting. You'll learn how transactions are reported in external financial statements required for state and local governments. (Prerequisite: Part II) 

Georgians who complete these three courses in sequence may qualify for a certificate under the Local Government Finance Officer Certification Program or the State Financial Management Certificate Program. Upon successful completion of all three accounting courses, a Certificate of Program 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.

Internal Controls – a four course series

Learn the components of a comprehensive internal control system. You'll study case histories of internal controls over accounts payable and cash disbursements, and you'll learn how to segregate duties for better control. 

This course delves into the comprehensive internal controls that should exist for accounts receivable and cash receipts in a governmental environment. There are seven lessons, including a case history on developing internal controls. 

This course will familiarize you with the components of a comprehensive internal control system and the importance of internal controls, as provided in the latest COSO update. You will also learn how to determine what is required for a proper segregation of duties within the capital assets function. In addition, you will be provided tools to assist you in determining what duties should be segregated.

This course will familiarize you how governments use internal controls to administer payroll.. You will also learn how to determine what is required for a proper segregation of duties within the payroll functions. In addition, you will be provided tools to assist you in determining what duties should be segregated.

Upon successful completion of all four internal controls courses, a Certificate of Program Completion from the University of Georgia is awarded to all enrollees who complete the four-course series in a 12-month period.

Governmental Finance

A capital improvement is a substantial, nonrecurring expenditure for a physical improvement with a long useful life. Learn the process governments use to assess their capital needs, prepare a Capital Improvement Program, and implement it. 

In this course, you’ll learn program the types of debt that governments can issue, the relationship of debt to capital improvement programs, how bonds are rated, how to lower interest rates without going through the rating process, and much more.

Learn the types of budgets and their components, how to prepare revenue estimates and budget summaries, the budgeting process, how to establish budgetary controls, and how to budget for contingencies. 

Learn the skills that will help you understand the different method for analyzing and forecasting both revenues and expenditures; additionally, learn how to communicate the budget to interested parties and how to monitor the budget once adopted. 

This course covers the entire purchasing process. Some of the topics you will cover include the various roles and qualifications of purchasing professionals, different methods of purchasing, proper supporting documentation, and purchasing ethics.

Nine lessons cover the revenue structures of local governments, property taxes, licenses and fees, intergovernmental revenue, collections, a case study in revenue administration, and more. 

In this course, you'll learn how a treasury management system functions. You'll gain knowledge of banking systems, how they affect local government treasury management, and the concepts of contracting for banking services. 

Governmental Human Resources

Learn how to establish sound personnel policies and procedures. This course reviews the performance management and appraisal process, recruiting and selection, interviewing, hiring and retaining staff, wages and benefits, and legal issues.

Georgia Department of Revenue

Georgia Department of Revenue

These courses are approved for continuing education credit by the Georgia Department of Revenue for members and alternates of Georgia county boards of equalization, tax commissioners, tax appraisers, tax assessors, and assessment contractors.

This eight hour course is on appraisal and equalization processes and procedures, any recent changes in statutory or case law, and important concepts and terminology.

Exempt Properties 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 as part of the required 20 hours in the first year of each new term. Tax Commissioners, Tax Appraisers, Tax Assessors and Assessment Contractors may complete the class annually and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

Hearing officer Annual Update 2016 is a self-study training course approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for Hearing officers, County Boards of Equalization members and alternate members, 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.

Specialized Assessments is a self-study training course approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue 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, Tax Appraisers, Tax Assessors and Assessment Contractors may complete the course annually and receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

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Accounting, Tax and Financial Management courses not focused on government