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 2020-21 Educational Opportunities – UPDATED

Federal Award Requirements Class (Includes Grants)NEW
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

May 12, 2021 – Register Here

State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/Cash Basis – 
Webinar – 9:00 – 4:00 with a break from 12 – 1 – 6 CPE

New Class coming June 24 – Register Here

State Auditor Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting Systems (BARS)/GAAP Basis –
Webinar – 9:00 – 4:00 with a break from 12 – 1 – 6 CPE

New Class coming June 9 – Register Here

♦Economic Update 
Please join us for an Economic Update from Executive director and Chief Economist with the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Stephen will present the latest economic figures for the State of Washington and share trends and assumptions for the coming months

April 1, 2021 – Webinar 9:00 – 10:00  (1 CPE)  – Register Here

♦Excel –  Webinar  10:00 – 12:00 2 CPEs (each)  NEW

BeginningApril 20, 2021- Register Here

→ IntermediateApril 21, 2021- Register Here

♦Investment Webinar Series – Webinars 2:00 – 3:00 – 1 CPE (each)  NEW
A series of 4 sessions presented by TVI, Time Value Investments addressing areas to help maintain active, safe and managed investment portfolios.

Session 2 Basic Bond Structure  April 15, 2021Register Here

Session 3 Portfolio Strategy Considerations  May 20, 2021Register Here

Session 4 Portfolio Reporting and Analysis  June 17, 2021Register Here

♦Indirect Allocation    NEW
Training presented by FCS Group on how to establish indirect overhead charges and user fees.

May 3, 2021– Webinar 8:30 – 12:30 (4 CPE)  – Register Here


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

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 –

→NEW Webinar – What Every Finance Office Needs to Know about Risk Management (Part 1)  NO CPE AVAILABLE. Thursday, March 25, 2021  10:00 – 11:30

Click here to register.

This session will provide you with an overview of how to get started and maintain capital-related data using San Francisco International Airport as a real-world example.   

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

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