Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations

Professional Certificate in Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations

Professional Certificate in Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations

Online Program


9-12 months



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Learn the differences between nonprofit or governmental accounting and for-profit accounting, to ensure you know the latest reporting procedures. Keep up on current practices and feel confident you can tackle the increasing complexity of government and nonprofit accounting. Increase your potential for career advancement, and know your work can benefit others as well.

Designed For

  • Accountants
  • Finance professionals
  • Administrative analysts
  • Accounting students
  • Directors and managers for government and nonprofit organizations

What You'll Learn

  • Explore current governmental and nonprofit accounting practices and methods appropriate for school districts, health care organizations, charities, and special districts, including water, transportation, and parks and recreation.
  • Review and evaluate presently recommended accounting and financial reporting procedures.
  • Common accounting issues, regulatory requirements and taxation for nonprofits.
  • Budgeting, including preparation, development, standards and approval process.
  • Federal government accounting, analysis, auditing, and reporting procedures.
  • Accounting issues surrounding colleges, universities and health care organizations.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are primarily meant to be in government offices and nonprofit organizations, at the city, municipal, state or federal level. They might include:

  • Government Accountant
  • Administrative or Budget Analyst
  • Director or Business Manager

Program Overview


12 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“This professional certificate program provided me with the skills to increase my understanding of municipal budgeting. The instructors' real-world experience gave me a clearer understanding of the accounting fundamentals that definitely supplemented the academic learning.”

Kevin Kearney

Senior Management Analyst
City of Beverly Hills

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations I

MGT X428

4 units

Quarter 2

Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations II

MGT X428.1

4 units

The Budgetary Process in Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations

MGT X428.11

4 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Strong technical expertise, coupled with real-world experience, lets me pass on my lessons in a very effective manner. My teaching philosophy is successful with students from various generations with different learning styles. I bring real-life accounting challenges into the classroom, using a variety of teaching methods.”

Derek Sloan

Jeffrey Court, Inc.
Norco, CA

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