The mission of the WFOA Education Committee is to provide Washington public entities and their staff with professional training in finance, budgeting, accounting, reporting, and other relevant fields. This professional training provides budget and finance professionals the opportunity to meet face-to-face, exchange ideas with others, and enhance their knowledge which will assist them in promoting the professional management of government financial resources. The professional educational opportunities also enable our members to maintain their status as Professional Finance Officers, CPAs, and/or other similar professional designations. If you would like to join the Education Committee, please contact Deb Booher at or (360) 394-9720.  You may also direct questions or suggestions regarding the Non-Conference Education program to Deb using the contact information above.

Upcoming 2020 Educational Opportunities

Federal Award Requirements Class (Includes Grants)
April 22 – North Bend Open for Registration

State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/Cash Basis
2020 Schedule
February 21, 2020 – Spokane Davenport Hotel
April 6, 2020 – Friday Harbor
July – Wenatchee Area – Opening Soon
August – Tri-Cities Area – Opening Soon
November – Yelm Area – Opening Soon

State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/GAAP Basis
2020 Schedule
March- Lynnwood Area – Open for Registration
July 30 – Vancouver Area – Open for Registration
August – Tri Cities Area – Opening Soon

Indirect Allocation – NEWNow Open for registration
March 4, 2020 – Olympia Area
Indirect Allocation – Tips to creating and updating Indirect Allocation formulas charging government activities within the government.

March 10 – Olympia Now Open for Registration
Full Day Mini Conference – Presentations by WA State Auditors Office,  WA State Treasurer’s Office and MRSC sharing FREE resources available at no cost to local governments  Many are not aware of the services offered to make our work and government function faster, easier and better.

Free Webinar Classes Available

WFOA has partnered with California Society of Municipal Finance Officers’ Association (CSMFO) to participate in educational webinars.  These will be available to WFOA members at no cost, however there will not be CPE credits available.  We will evaluate the program after this inaugural year for future participation.  Please provide any feedback you may have to help determine future direction to Deb Booher .   Please clink on the links below to register for the free webinar.

Webinar – CSMFO Presents – Nothing offered at this time

Washington State Auditor’s Office has published a new on-line introduction to the BARS Manual.
Introduction to the BARS Manuals – NEW
If you are new to the BARS or would like a refresher of how to locate and utilize the BARS Manuals, visit SAO’s website for a an approximate 50-minute introductory video on BARS.

Completed 2019 Classes

Federal Award Requirements Class (Includes Grants)
January 28 – Issaquah, WA
January 29 – Port Orchard, WA
October 30 – Spokane
November 5 – Seattle Joint Training Facility
November 6 – City of Yelm Community Center
November 7 – Cowlitz Regional Conference Center (Longview)

State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/Cash Basis
February 22 – Spokane
February 27 – Burlington
March 5 – Longview
March 27 – Tri-Cities

State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/GAAP Basis
May 8 – Lynnwood
May 9 – Ellensburg
October 16 – Vancouver

Introduction to Accounting  
July 25 – Tacoma
December 16 – Everett

Advanced Governmental Accounting with Greg Allison – 2 Day Class – NOW OPEN
October 15 – 16 – Lynnwood
November 5 – 6  – Kennewick

Fleet Management
October 18- Olympia

Looking for On Demand Library or Webinars? – Click Here

On Demand Library

The following classes are prerecorded at My Place to Learn.  Please click the link to read the course descriptions or to register!

Developing Job Descriptions and Position Standards
A Checklist for Successful Performance Appraisals and Discussion
Calming an Unhappy Customer – For Frontline Employees
Conflict Resolution
Developing Individual Work Improvement Plans
Leading and Motivating

For more information, please visit WFOA-MyPlaceToLearn Online Training

Recorded Webinars

Introduction to the BARS Manuals – NEW
If you are new to the BARS or would like a refresher of how to locate and utilize the BARS Manuals, visit SAO’s website for a an approximate 50-minute introductory video on BARS.

Department of Revenue’s Governmental Taxation
November 10, 2016 – Governmental Taxation with DOR’s Ken Krous

Inslee Best’s Collecting Utility Service Billings
June 29, 2016 –  Collecting Utility Service Billings: How Bankruptcy Changes the Rules

Washington State Auditor’s Office
January 26, 2016 – GASB 68 (Presented by the Washington State Auditor’s Office) (Click HERE to access GASB 68 Powerpoint Slides)
February 8, 2017 – GASB 68 – Year 2 (Presented by the Washington State Auditor’s Office)  (Click HERE to access GASB 68 Year 2 Slides)

Public Financial Management Inc.’s, Public Debt Webinars
July 10, 2015 – Introduction to Municipal Debt (Part 1 of 2)
July 24, 2015 – The Bond Market and Debt Issuance (Part 2 of 2)

Due to WFOA using a third-party vendor for all webinars:

  • It is required all registrations are paid with a credit card only
  • WFOA credits or vouchers cannot be used on any webinar registrations.
  • Certificates of Participation are only provided to those who are paid registrations of LIVE webinars and have completed all polling questions
  • If a entity group would like to participate using a conference room and one computer logged into the webinar; then such said group would need to contact the Education Co-Chair at a minimum of 10 business days prior to event and will agree to have someone coordinate the group and facilitate CPE sheets in order to provide all paid participants Certificates of Participation.
  • No Certificates of Participation will be provided for any RECORDED webinars.
  • Upon successful registration for the recorded webinars, the recording playback will start immediately. Please be prepared to view the recording in it’s entirety at the time of registration.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are granted at no charge and with a full refund up to ten (10) calendar days prior to the date of training. Cancellation refunds during the ten calendar days prior to the date of training (including the day of class) may be considered in unforeseen circumstances by the Education Non-Conference Co-Chair. Substitution of an attendee is permitted for the training in lieu of the registered attendee. Registration fees cannot be applied to future classes