Introduction to Local Government Finance

Introduction to Local Government Finance

This introductory course provides basic instruction in local government and public authority finance and financial management. Areas of instruction include the basic legal authority and requirements governing local government revenues, budgeting processes, cash management, purchasing and contracting, expenditure control, conflicts of interest, fund accounting and financial reporting. The course also provides an overview of the state and local economic issues that inform strategic budgeting decisions.


This course will be offered  both in-person at the School of Government and online via Zoom. 

In order to earn a certificate for the course, attendees will need to fully participate in all sessions. If you miss a session, you will not be eligible for the course certificate.


Members of Civic Federal Credit Union (Civic) and Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU), who are local government employees, are eligible to apply for a scholarship towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)

Additional information

CERTIFICATION: This course satisfies a pre-requisite for the NCGFOA Finance Officers Exam. Please click HERE for more information or to sign up for an upcoming exam. You can also find more information HERE.


This course is relevant for Continuing Professional Education credit in accordance with requirements of the NC State Board of CPA Examiner.

CPE30.00 hrs
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Charmain Cale

Team Lead, Law and Finance Group