Who runs the certification programs?
Certification programs are a joint venture between the Cooper Center and the local official organizations.
Where can I find program requirements and descriptions?
The program descriptions and requirements, while similar in purpose, do vary among the organizations. Complete details for each program including purpose, content, eligibility, requirements, procedures, and regulations are not found on this site. Please search the specific organization's web site for exact requirements.
Sites and materials with exact requirements
|Treasurers/Deputy Treasurers Certification Program||Enrollment Form|
|Treasurers/Deputy Treasurers Certification Program||Application Form|
|Treasurers/Deputy Treasurers Certification Program||ReCertification Form|
|Treasurers' Association of Virginia Certification Program||Handbook (TR)|
|Treasurers' Association of Virginia Certification Program||Handbook (DTR)|
What do the programs consist of?
Each certification program has two components, taking and passing required courses, and earning necessary “points” through participation in association events. These elements are described on the relevant web site as they vary among the organizations.
Who handles record keeping of my progress?
Administration and record keeping for all aspects of the programs are provided by the Cooper Center. Information gets posted to individual transcripts in the following manner:
- Course grades are usually posted within ten days of the exam.
- Attendance at regularly scheduled events--district meeting, annual meeting, etc, --is normally posted within two weeks of the event.
- For events outside of scope of the Cooper Center, records are updated when the information gets to the Cooper Center.
For a specific inquiry please reach out to Beth Bennett via this linked contact form or directly through her contact information is as below:
Treasurer Course Catalog
This class covers everything you wanted to know about the treasurers’ office but were afraid to ask. Topics include: legal constraints; relationship with the commissioner of the revenue; preparation of tax bills, collecting real and personal property; and collection of other taxes, licenses, fees and fines, including dog tags, state income tax.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: MandatoryTreasurers: Mandatory
This class will cover the fundamentals fixed-income investing, including a detailed explanation of risk, investment instruments and investment strategies. We will help participants to develop a framework for a sound investment program (investment policy, safekeeping, broker/dealer due diligence, investment procedures, internal controls and portfolio reporting.) The course will also cover basic investment accounting and GASB reporting requirements.Classroom CoursePrerequisites:Short Term InvestmentsDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
This class will cover the fundamentals fixed-income investing, including a detailed explanation of risk, investment instruments and investment strategies. We will help participants to develop a framework for a sound investment program (investment policy, safekeeping, broker/dealer due diligence, investment procedures, internal controls and portfolio reporting.) The course will also cover basic investment accounting and GASB reporting requirements.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
This course covers several different business ethics models. The consequential models covered are egoism, utilitarianism, and feminism. The non-consequential models covered are categorical imperative, veil of ignorance, and the golden rule. The course provides a framework for understanding ethical behavior.Online CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
This course is based on the new GAAFR. Participants will be provided with a working knowledge of the special financial reporting model used by state and local governments under GASB's Statement No. 34. Participants will be given a copy of the GAAFR Study Guide. The class is recommended for mid-level finance officers, accountants, treasurers, auditors, and other persons with a basic knowledge of accounting.Online CoursePrerequisites:Introductory Government Accounting (unless already an experienced accountant)Deputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
This one-day class, designed to give treasurers an overview of state and federal statutory employment laws that affect them, will consist of two three-hour presentations. The first three-hour session will focus upon federal employment laws (excluding collective bargaining laws) and the second session will address Virginia statutory requirements.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
Objective Course will cover the five elements of internal control - control environment; risk assessment; control activities; information and communication; and monitoring. We'll also learn what to do if you suspect fraud in the workplace.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
This class introduces fundamental cash management strategies and techniques for governments. It covers the important elements of cash collection, disbursement, and reporting. Participants will learn the latest in cash management procedures, policies, and technology. The seminar will also provide tips for getting the most out of your banking relationship and show how to use the RFP process to get better services from your bank and minimize the cost to the government.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
The course will present a basic overview of the bankruptcy process, including ceasing collection action, the different types of bankruptcy and what they mean, and when and how to file a claim. Also discussed will be how taxes are treated in bankruptcy, how to deal with those pesky attorneys who always think they know more than you do, and what happens after the bankruptcy case is over.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
Tools that can be used to collect delinquent taxes that will be covered in the course include: distress, treasurer’s lien, set-off debt, administrative summons, DMV withholding, court process, bill in Equity, Escheat.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Mandatory
The goal of this customer service class is to create a standard level of knowledge with respect to the laws, policies and procedures that the Treasurer and their staffs follow and provide useful tools that they can apply in their day to day operations and citizen interactions.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: MandatoryTreasurers: Elective
- Classroom CoursePrerequisites:Level I Accounting, Level II AccountingDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
- Classroom CoursePrerequisites:Level I AccountingDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
You can be exempted from taking Level I Accounting course, if you elect to take and pass the challenge exam. This is an on-line exam that is open book with a time limit of 2 hours and an honor pledge. Its pass/fail 50 questions. The cost for the challenge exam is $50.
If you elect to take the exam, once you register, you will receive a password from Radford University.
If you do not pass the challenge exam and you wish to complete the Certificate Program, you will need to register for the Level I Accounting Course and the fee remains $200.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
This day and half course is designed for people that have a limited background in formal accounting, or need a basic refresher. It covers basic financial statement elements (such as assets, liabilities, fund balance, revenue and expenditures), the effects of transactions on the accounting equation, basic financial statements and debits and credits. It also covers an introduction to funds, budgeting, and financial reporting for governments.
The course will incorporate several in class exercises.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
The program will focus on the tools and topics important in understanding modern budgeting. The program will survey an array of techniques central to establishing broad goals to guide decision making, developing policies, plans, and strategies, monitoring, and evaluating budgetary performance. In addition, participants will analyze the politics of budgeting, revenue forecasting methods, capital programming concepts, public involvement, expenditure analysis, budget systems, and other topics relevant to developing, implementing, and monitoring budgets.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
This course covers the structure of Virginia state and local government; the Dillon Rule, intergovernmental relations, how to use Opinions of the Attorney General, FOI and Conflict of Interest, the role of the Compensation Board, and public meetings.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
NOTE: a non-credit course can not be used as an elective course for certification.Online CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
This powerful training progam focuses on the fundamental interpersonal skills and practices necessary to establish relationships based on mutual trust and respect. Leaders will benefit from this unique program if they are seeking better ways to:Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
The course allows the participant to develop his/her understanding of Hispanic culture and language in order to develop stronger and more meaningful relationships with clients and co-workers who originate from Spain, Mexico, South and Central America. While the emphasis of the course will be placed on understanding cultural differences, ample opportunities will be given to learn important vocabulary and phrases in order to develop conversational skills in Spanish, which pertain to both business settings and personal interactions.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
The course will cover the following topics: Personal Computer Hardware, Common PS Software, PC Connectivity, The Internet, Security Management, Data, Tech Support, E-mail, and Current Technology Trends & Concerns.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
The course will cover the requirements of local government Treasurer’s for reconciliations and reporting. Discussions will include requirements per the Code of Virginia, types of reconciliations necessary, timeliness of reconciliations, internal reporting vs. external reporting, a brief review of internal controls surrounding reconciliations and report preparation, and preparing for the year-end audit.Classroom CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective
This course is intended for individuals who have not had an accounting course and are interested in what accounting is all about. The course focuses on the role of accounting in government by examining how business transactions affect the financial statements. Topics included: basic accounting theory, expenditure and disbursement; inventory, financial reporting, budgetary accounting, charts of accounts, and opening and closing the general ledger.Online CourseDeputy Treasurers: ElectiveTreasurers: Elective