Governmental Accounting Academy

The GFOAT Governmental Accounting Academy is an intensive introduction to
governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting using GFOA training materials.

Who Will Benefit

Accountants, finance officers, and auditors new to the public sector. Finance Directors who want to increase their understanding of the governmental accounting and reporting process.

Program Description

Accountants and auditors new to the public sector face the daunting challenge of familiarizing themselves with the highly specialized rules, guidelines, and practices applicable to state and local governments. This intensive three-day workshop—intended for those who already possess at least a basic knowledge of private-sector accounting—combines lecture, discussion, and exercises to help newcomers make this difficult, but essential, transition.


  • Daily Breakfast Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
  • Monday (April 11 ) Sessions 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday (April 12) Sessions 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday (April 13) Sessions  8:00 a.m.–3:10 p.m.

Seminar Objectives

  • Those who successfully complete this seminar should obtain a solid basic understanding of each of the following:
  • The unique environmental factors that have led to specialized accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments;
  • Fund accounting;
  • Government-wide financial reporting;
  • How to categorize and measure transactions and events;
  • Budgetary reporting;
  • Elements of a comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR);
  • How to interpret state and local government financial statements;
  • Specialized applications (pensions, other postemployment benefits, leases, termination benefits, government combinations, financial reporting entity, service concession arrangements, pollution remediation, fiduciary funds) are discussed only at the conceptual level and are considered intermediate or advanced topics; and
  • Internal control and auditing in the public sector is also discussed at the conceptual level without significant detail.


Basic knowledge of private sector accounting concepts. Experience working in a local government or public accounting firm auditing local government.


Registration Information

Registrations are limited to the first 100 registrants, and we will not maintain a waiting list. Don’t delay, register NOW!

Member Price: $675.00 • Non-Member Price: $775.00

Two Easy Ways to Register

    1. ONLINE Registration
    2. MAIL-IN Registration (Downloadable PDF)

Cancellation Information

If you are registered and cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute. If you cannot send a substitute, a $75 cancellation fee will be assessed if written cancellation is received after March 15. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. No refunds will be honored after March 15.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held in The Grand Hall at the North Richland Hills Center.

The Grand Hall of the NRH Centre
6000 Hawk Ave, North Richland Hills, TX 76180

 Hotel Information

The Hilton Garden Inn Dallas at Hurst Conference Center
3-star hotel
1615 Campus Dr, Hurst, TX 76054•(817) 281-5800

Click here for a list of other hotels nears the NRH Centre.


Before You Go

Registered attendees will be sent a link to access PDF’s of the slide decks before the event. Please download or print the slides well in advance because each day’s material has several hundred slides.

The academy dress code is casual — don’t forget your sweater! The meals provided per day is breakfast and lunch. Arrive around 7:30 a.m. to network with others.