Intermediate Budget is an online, self-study course developed by the University of Georgia for government employees. The course will show you how to develop a budget and use it as a policy document, communications device, financial plan, and management tool.


Format: Online

Hours: 12

Credits: 1.2 CEUs / 14.4 CPEs

When: Start anytime

Cost: $299 - $339

The course uses interactive media to enhance your learning experience. You can complete the course at your own pace, on your own schedule. 

You will learn:

  • How budgeting is different in the public sector
  • Different methods of performance measurement
  • How to analyze and forecast both revenues and expenditures
  • How to communicate the budget to interested parties
  • How to monitor the budget once adopted

The curriculum consists of 7 Lessons:

  1. The Context of Local Government Budgeting
  2. Performance Measurement
  3. Revenue Analysis and Forecasting
  4. Property Taxes
  5. Expenditure Analysis and Forecasting
  6. Communicating the Budget and the Budget Document
  7. Monitoring the Budget

Who Should Attend?

  • Local governmental employees who require knowledge of the local government budget process.
  • Local government employees who seek to meet requirements of the Local Government Finance Officer Certification Program offered through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
  • Professionals with private sector experience who want to gain knowledge of the governmental budgeting 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 Intermediate Budget 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