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Capital Improvement Program is an online, self-study course developed by the University of Georgia for government employees. The CIP course uses interactive media to enhance your learning experience. You can complete the course at your own pace, on your own schedule. 


Format: Online

Hours: 12h/1.2 CEU/14.4 CPE

When: Start anytime

Cost: $299 - $339

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A capital improvement is a substantial, nonrecurring expenditure for a physical improvement with a long useful life. Government entities, such as municipalities, school districts, and recreation departments, use a capital improvement program (CIP) to systematically evaluate potential projects.

In this course, you will learn:

  • The capital improvement plan process
  • Why governments need a CIP, and how it relates to operating budgets 
  • The different components in the development of a CIP
  • The process of performing a capital needs assessment
  • The basic concepts and terminology in preparing and implementing a CIP

This dynamic course has a detailed curriculum consisting of 7 Lessons:

  1. CIP Overview
  2. CIP and the Local Government’s Budget System
  3. The CIP Process
  4. Capital Improvement Requests
  5. Capital Improvements in the Budget
  6. Paying for Capital Improvements
  7. Capital Improvement after Budget Adoptions

Who Should Attend?

  • Government employees who require knowledge of the capital improvement program process
  • Local government employees who seek to meet requirements of the Georgia Local Government Finance Officer Certification Program.
  • Professionals with private sector experience who want to gain knowledge of the governmental capital improvement program process.
  • Accounting professionals preparing for the CPA exam or seeking continuing professional education.

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date Info: 
  • Enroll at any time.
  • Complete the course's required online quizzes and exercises within 30 days of receiving the "Welcome" email with course URL, username and password information.
  • To complete this course, you will read the lessons and complete each lesson's exercises and quizzes. At the conclusion of the final lesson, you must also successfully complete an online final examination with a score of 70% or better.
  • For more details about the course, please click on the downloadable files on right titled, "How Does Capital Improvement Program Work?" and "Frequently Asked Questions." 
Course Format: 
Course Fee(s): 

$299 (US Funds) — Residents of Georgia
$339 (US Funds) — Non-residents of Georgia
$50 (US Funds) — One-Month Extension (Only one extension is granted per participant.)

Prepayment is required to be registered. Prices listed are per person. Prices are subject to change. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
The Georgia Center will gladly issue full refunds for cancellations received in writing prior to the release of course access information. You may cancel your enrollment at any time during the course and receive a refund less a $50 administrative fee, provided that you have not accessed the online course material at all. During the first 10 days of your course, if you have not completed any course work, you may opt for a one-time transfer of your enrollment to another student for a fee of $50; the new student (i.e., substitute) would have up to thirty days from the transfer date to complete the course. A course may be transferred only once for a fee of $50. Written requests should be sent to

Continuing Education Information: 
  • The University of Georgia will award 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 14.4 CPEs upon successful completion of this course.
  • A University of Georgia CEU transcript is available at any time upon written request.

Certification or Licensure Information:
This course meets a Level I core course requirement in the Local Finance Officer Certification Program for local government personnel in the State of Georgia.