NC Certified State Government Budget Professional Program

  • Week 3: Chapel Hill, NC

The North Carolina State Budget Professional Certification is a collaboration between the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) and the UNC School of Government to develop and offer an academic state budget certification program. Upon successful completion of the Program and an exam, students will be eligible for certification as a state budget professional from OSBM. 

This course will be held in-person at the School of Government in Chapel Hill, NC


The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, through consultation with an Advisory Board of state Chief Financial Officers, Budget Directors, and others, has identified training and career advancement opportunities for state budget professionals as key to enhancing the work product of budget professionals statewide and increasing retention rates among state budget professionals. 


Foundational skills and knowledge identified by OSBM, the Advisory Board and the School of Government include: 

Week 1: Introduction to North Carolina’s Budget Process (May 20-24, 2024)

Overview of the State of North Carolina’s Structure and History
Primer on State Revenues
State Budget Administration and Law for Operating Budgets
State Budget Administration and Law for Capital Budgets

Week 2: Understanding the Data (June 24-28, 2024)

Budget Strategy and Analytical Thinking
Performance Management, Program Evaluation, and Strategic Planning
Data Analytics

Week 3: 
Understanding the Systems and the Language of Budgeting (October 14-18, 2024)

Communicating about the Budget
Accounting for Budget Professionals
Purchasing and Contracting
Federal Grants Management
Primer on Local Government Budgeting


Additional information

Scholarships are available to a limited number of North Carolina state government employees for participation in the NC Certified State Government Budget Professional program. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must apply for and be able to attend all three sessions of the program in 2024. When submitting your application, choose to be invoiced under the payment options. Payment will not be requested until scholarships are determined. Scholarship applications close on April 2, 2024. Scholarship awards shall be determined by the NC Office of State Budget and Management. Notifications of award will be sent via email by April 26, 2024.


ATTENDANCE: This attendance policy pertains to a course comprised of three separate week-long components. Participants are required to fully complete each week and pass the end-of-week exam. While it's recommended to take the components sequentially, participants who have not been awarded a scolarship have the flexibility to choose their order and timeframe, with no obligation to complete them within the same year. 

  • Week 3: Chapel Hill, NC
    October 14 - 18, 2024
    UNC School of Government
    400 South Rd.
    Week 3: Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before October 06, 2024 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after October 07, 2024, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
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    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at or 919.966.4414.
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  • Agendas:
    • May 20-24, 2024 - Week 1: Introduction to North Carolina’s Budget Process (Agenda)
    • June 24 - 28, 2024 - Week 2: Understanding the Data (Agenda)
    • October 14 - 18, 2024 - Week 3: Understanding the Systems and the Language of Budgeting (Agenda, TBA)
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:

Alycia Inserra

Assistant Dean for Programs
Professor of Public Administration and Government