Enrollment for future sessions will open approximately 6 months prior to the start of each session.
The SFAC is open to accounting personnel at the Accountant I level or above. A minimum of 12 semester accounting units is required of all applicants.
The purpose of the course is to provide accounting personnel with an in-depth understanding of the state’s system of accounting, fiscal policies, and accounting processes. Successful completion of the State Fund Accounting Course is equivalent to credit for three semester hours toward the required accounting courses for accounting classifications. The SFAC is a “why-we-do-it” course and is designed to:
- Provide the transition between commercial and governmental accounting.
- Review various state rules, regulations, and financial control entities.
- Review the state’s accounting process.
- Prepare fiscal personnel for their role as a member of the management team.
- Compare governmental accounting GAAP basis to legal basis.
The course is presented with 60-64 hours of classroom instruction and requires 80-100 hours of participant involvement outside the classroom. It is recommended that four hours of state time per week, in addition to class time, be allowed for class preparation. Beginning with the Fall 2023 semester, all classes will be held in person at Department of Finance.
Certificates of Completion will be awarded at the end of the session to those participants who attain a required number of points. Successful completion of the State Fund Accounting Course is equivalent to credit for three semester hours toward the required accounting courses for accounting classifications. Neither repetition of the class nor registration fee refunds are offered to those who do not achieve the minimum points total.
Course information, course outline, and the training registration system are available via links on this page. For questions please email SFAC@dof.ca.gov or contact Theresa Rawlins at (916) 445- 3434 x2167 or Heather Langdon at (916) 445-3434 x2141.