Chief Business Officials

Professional Certificate in Chief Business Officials

Professional Certificate in Chief Business Officials

Online Program


18-24 months



This program has been sunset. If you are currently enrolled in the program, you may complete your coursework through the end of this year, according to the planned schedule of offerings that was emailed to you. We are no longer accepting applications for new students.

Chief Business Officials have big shoes to fill, and we have what you need to do the job with confidence. Learn how best to navigate the responsibilities and politics of your role as the leading financial officer. Get tools and techniques to effectively manage all business aspects of public education, including human resources, attendance, transportation, purchasing, and more.

Designed For

Those who are currently working or aspire to work as a chief business official (CBO) in a school district.

What You'll Learn

  • Overview of California's public schools financial and education system and the role and responsibilities of a chief business official
  • All aspects of school business accounting, including budget, payroll, student body accounting, audits and more
  • Technology systems for communication, attendance, inventory, and personnel
  • Human resources management, including collective bargaining and contract administration
  • Facilities construction, operation and risk management
  • Purchasing and warehousing procedures
  • Pupil transportation, school law, asset management and bond elections
  • Entrepreneurship, and strategic planning
  • Practicum experience working with a chief business official

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in public education. They might include:

  • Chief Business Official
  • Assistant Superintendent

Program Overview


35 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“I highly recommend the Chief Business Officials Professional Certificate Program. I benefited from the high-quality courses and professional instructors. My knowledge of this field grew tremendously. The program is a fantastic opportunity because of the networking and real-world experiences.”

Nurmuhammet Melayev

Budget Analyst
Magnolia Educational Research Foundation

Earning the Certificate

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

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university/college.

ELECTIVES: A total of 10 quarter units are required for electives. Elective courses must be approved by the Director of Education Extension. Courses may be selected from the following areas:

  • Educational Philosophy
  • Business Administration
  • Relevant Research and Thesis Topics
  • Other Courses Relevant to the Program

Our program is in alignment with CASBO's certification. Successful completion confers:

  • CASBO certification
  • UCR Professional Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Quarter 1

School Business Accounting

EDUC X372.2

5 units

Overview of California School Business Services

EDUC X372.1

1 unit


Quarter 2

Information and Technology Systems in School Business

EDUC X372.3

4 units

Budget Development and Control in Public Education

EDUC X373.4

2 units

Quarter 3

Human Resources Management for the Chief Business Official

EDUC X372.4

4 units

Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration in Public Education

EDUC X372.5

1 unit


Quarter 4

Attendance Accounting and Auditing in Public Education

EDUC X372.6

1.5 units

Food and Child Nutritional Services in Public Education

EDUC X372.7

1 unit

Purchasing and Warehousing in Public Education

EDUC X373.1

1 unit

Quarter 5

School Facilities Construction and Project Planning

EDUC X314.3

1.5 units

Maintenance, Operations and Pupil Transportation

EDUC X372.8

1.5 units

Leadership and Strategic Planning for Chief Business Officials

EDUC X373.5

1 unit

Quarter 6

School Law for Chief Business Officials

EDUC X373.2

1.5 units

School Financing: Practical Approaches for Chief Business Officials

EDUC X373.3

1.5 units

Risk Management in Public Education

EDUC X372.9

1.5 units

Quarter 7



Quarter 8

Practicum for Chief Business Officials

EDUC X373.7

6 units

Instructor Spotlight

“We are all continual learners, and to see practitioners better equip and prepare themselves within their careers is truly phenomenal. My best students have also been the best teachers to both their peers and staffs.”

Richard De Nava

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
San Jacinto Unified School District

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