State Fund Accounting Course Information

The State Fund Accounting (SFAC) course provides accounting personnel with an in-depth understanding of the state’s system of accounting, fiscal policies, and accounting processes. The SFAC is designed to gain an in-depth understanding of the state’s budgetary/legal basis (BLB) of accounting and bridge the gap between commercial accounting, fund accounting theory on a GAAP basis, and the BLB.


Accounting office personnel at Accountant I level or above who meet the education criteria.

Education Prerequisites

A minimum of 12 semester units of accounting course work is required of all applicants.  Neither work experience nor a bachelor degree is accepted in lieu of the minimum unit requirements. For purposes of State Fund Accounting Course, Business Law is not considered accounting course work.


All classes will be held in person at:
Department of Finance – Cypress Room
915 L Street, Sacramento, California


Session Instructor Class Held Dates
511 Theresa Rawlins Wednesdays 8:00 – 12:00 January 10, 2024 – April 24, 2024
512 Heather Langdon Thursdays 8:00 – 12:00 January 11, 2024 – April 25, 2024
515 Theresa Rawlins Wednesdays 8:00 – 12:00 August 28, 2024 – December 11, 2024
516 Heather Langdon Thursdays 8:00 – 12:00 August 29, 2024 – December 12, 2024


Students receive textbooks and topical modules and are expected to complete in-class and take-home assignments.  In addition to the Department of Finance instructor, guest speakers from various agencies will enhance the course by sharing their expertise in specific areas.


$625 per participant (includes materials).  Full payment must be submitted at the first class.  We do not accept Cal Card and do not invoice departments for payment.


Completed State Fund Accounting Course applications may be submitted via the training registration system. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to five students per department.


An email confirmation will be sent after successful registration. Formal confirmation letters are mailed to the applicants 2 – 3 weeks before the session begins.

Cancellation Policy

Withdrawals are permitted up to one week before a session begins. Once a session begins, refunds are not permitted if a person withdraws or does not complete the class.


Substitutions are permitted up to one week before a session begins if the substituting participant meets the minimum prerequisites.  The substitute must submit an application and be pre-approved. E-mail for substitutions.

Waiting List

A waiting list will be established to back fill any cancellations.  The waiting list may be used to fill subsequent sessions.

Theresa Rawlins, Instructor
(916) 445-3434 Ext. 2167
Heather Langdon, Instructor
(916) 445-3434 Ext. 2141
Department of Finance, Fiscal Systems and Consulting Unit
915 L Street, Sacramento, California 95814 (IMMS A-15)