Training paths

Level I

Two-day Academy I is designed to provide a solid foundation of skills, knowledge, and an appreciation of the unique environment and dynamics of professional government finance practices in Illinois.  Participants will gain a practical and relevant understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying state and local governmental accounting and reporting while engaging in networking opportunities throughout the two-day Academy.

Who should attend

  • New finance department personnel seeking an overview of government finance
  • Professionals with limited experience in government finance
  • Non-finance professionals such as department heads and assistant department heads whose primary duties are unrelated to finance
  • Elected officials unfamiliar with government finance

prerequisites

None

Level II

Two-day Academy II course will provide a detailed understanding of major local government revenues and expenditures, an appreciation of forecasting both revenues and expenditures, and knowledge of other responsibilities for which the Finance Department may be responsible. The Academy II will provide professionals throughout Illinois with the opportunity to participate in high quality education in a small, student-focused setting while engaging in networking opportunities throughout the two-day Academy.

who should attend

  • Finance department personnel looking to build on knowledge gained in Level I courses
  • Accountants, assistant managers, assistant finance directors, and new finance directors
  • Staff of other government departments involved in budgeting, accounting and managing finances

prerequisites

Refer to details under each course announcement

Application and Best Pratices Courses

1- 2 day seminars or courses offered as a series of webinars or in-person training covering intermediate and advanced level material. 

WHO should attend

  • Geared to participants with at least three years experience in specific course area or equivalent education in government finance
  • Government finance professionals encouraged to take a refresher course at least every three years to stay up-to-date on changing standards and best practices

PREREQUISITES

Refer to details under each course announcement

Institutes

1 day seminars on hot topics and emerging issues.

who should attend

Advanced level seminars geared to finance directors and professional staff with at least 3-5 years of experience in subject area

PREREQUISITES

Refer to details under each course announcement

Conference

Held each September the Sunday through Tuesday (varying weeks). Includes hot topic sessions, keynote presentation and specific classes and workshops

who should attend

  • All government finance professionals as a variety of sessions and workshops are offered each year
  • Finance department personnel looking to build on knowledge gained in Level I courses
  • Accountants, assistant managers, assistant finance directors, and new finance directors
  • Staff of other government departments involved in budgeting, accounting and managing finances

prerequisites

Varies - refer to Conference details

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