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 2022 Educational Opportunities

WFOA – Training

♦ – State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/GAAP Basis – 
Webinar – 9:00 – 4:00 with a break from 12 – 1 – 6 CPE -Member $75/Non-member $100

Wednesday, November 16, 2022  Register Here


NEW♦ – State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/GAAP Basis – 
Webinar – 9:00 – 4:00 with a break from 12 – 1 – 6 CPE -Member $75/Non-member $100

Thursday, March 8, 2023  Register Here


State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/Cash Basis – 
 Live – Yelm Community Center- 9:00 – 4:00 with a break from 12 – 1 – 6 CPE – Member $150/Non-member $200

→  Thursday, March 16, 2023  Registration opening soon

Popular sessions from the annual conference brought forward to non-conference training


NEWWashington Pension Overview and Retirement Readiness Efforts at DRS – NEW

The presentation will provide an overview of the state of pension funding in Washington, including projections of contribution rates as the unfunded liability associated with PERS Plan 1 is paid off. There will also be a discussion of the efforts DRS is making to improve retirement readiness and financial wellness education for all employees, including resources for employers that can be used in the onboarding, offboarding and retention processes.

Webinar – 10:00 – 11:00 – 1 CPE -Member $25/Non-member $40

Tuesday, December 6, 2022  Register Here


NEWBond 101 for BeginnersNEW

The course will cover the basics of a financing: the roles and responsibilities of your financing team, timing of when to get the team together and will outline the differences between a public bond sale and a private placement with a bank, including a run-down of the documents required for each type of financing and disclosure requirements for after the financing has closed. 

Webinar –  2 CPE -Member $35/Non-member $50

→Tuesday, November 29, 2022  10:00 – 12:00   Register Here

Coming Soon


Federal Award Requirements Class (Includes Grants) – 
Will include information for the updated Uniform Guidance effective 11/12/20 and COVID -19 SEFA reporting

Webinar – 9:00 – 4:00 with a break from 12 – 1 – 6 CPE  – Member $75/Non-member $100

Check back for non-conference class in the fall – Pre-Conference being offered in Tacoma


(Please keep scrolling to the bottom to view training opportunities offered by other government agencies who partner with WFOA)

Webinars in order to be eligible for CPE …

  • Each attendee must register with their email
  • Must be logged into the ZOOM webinar with their registered email
  • Have the Zoom meeting on their active screen in order to answer the polling questions.
    • Three polling questions will be administered for every 50 minutes in order to be eligible for 1 CPE. (Example – 4 hour session will have 12 polling questions).

Free Webinar Classes Available

Free eLearning Available from WA State Auditors Office (SAO)

Lease Accounting Standards

Washington State Auditors Office offered classes regarding the new Lease Accounting Standards

  • See the recorded trainings from SAO on Leases as of August 2021

Cash receipting

Want to know more about how to protect your organization from cash receipting fraud? SAO’s on-demand training follows an actual fraud case while covering important best practices for internal controls. You’ll learn how to recognize the warning signs and red flags of common fraud schemes and the rewards of developing a strong internal control system and the risks if you don’t. Local government employees are eligible for Continuing Professional Education Credit (CPE) for this course.

Free Webinars – CSMFO

WFOA has partnered with California Society of Municipal Finance Officers’ Association (CSMFO) to participate in educational webinars.  The free classes will only be applicable to certain California 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.

Free Webinars – CSMFO Presents – GASB Update – What Does the Future Hold for the Big 3

NEW –  Thursday, July 21 2022 (10:00 a.m)- – No CPE’s Offered to WFOA Members

Please join CSMFO in welcoming the return of special guest Lisa Parker, along with Paulina Haro, from the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB). During this session, Lisa and Paulina will give you some insights into the future of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This session will provide an up-to-the-minute status report on the “Big 3”:

Click Here to Register

Washington State Auditor’s Office has published a new on-line introduction to the BARS Manual.
Introduction to the BARS Manuals – NEW – RECORDED
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.

Webinar featuring WFOA, Washington State Treasurer’s and Auditor’s Offices – topics covered
  • How they are teleworking to support the Governor’s Stay Home Policy.
  • Tools and practices, what they are utilizing to stay functional and in touch with jurisdictions.
  • Impacts to local governments with upcoming deadlines and due dates
  • Best practice for managing government operations during a crisis
  • The future of technology for future learning

If you would like to view the recorded presentation, click here, or if you would like a copy of the Power Point Presentation, click here.

Looking for On Demand Library or Webinars? – Click Here

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

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