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The Government Finance Institute (GFI) offers a unique opportunity to gain a well-rounded working knowledge of the core functional areas of government finance at a cost-conscious price. It is a comprehensive, two-level professional development program providing a series of in-depth workshops and forums at both a Foundation (basic) and Advanced level.  The program was created by some of NYGFOA’s most experienced government finance professionals from both the public and private sectors. 


GFI enrollees who complete the requirements of each level will be formally recognized for their commitment to professional excellence.  Each graduate will receive a Certificate of Professional Development for each level completed and recognition at the NYGFOA Annual Conference during the annual graduation ceremony.  (For those who cannot attend the Annual Conference, the certificate presentation can be made at a regional event of the graduates’ choosing.)  Graduates may also opt for acknowledgment of their completion to be disseminated to desired media outlets and/or supervisors.  

 

The GFI program is open to both NYGFOA members and non-members. Working in the private sector? The GFI will improve your overall understanding of your clients’ world!

 

Are you ready to enroll?  GFI enrollment has a one-time $75 fee.  Please click here to continue to the enrollment page.

 

Upcoming LIVE GFI PROGRAMS

Advanced Cash Management | Fall 2024
Advanced Budgeting | October 22, 2024
Advanced Internal Control | November 19, 2024

 

Please see the On Demand Library for recordings of other required GFI Workshops and Programs.



Below is an outline of each GFI levels' requirements.

Foundations Level 

This program is designed for:

  • Individuals (public or private sector) who are new to government finance
  • Individuals interested in learning about core functional areas of government finance
  • Individuals seeking to refresh their understanding of the fundamentals
  • Individuals wishing to demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence

To earn the Foundations level certificate, all of the below requirements must be completed within 3 years of program enrollment.

Foundations Requirements

  • 4 Foundations Workshops
    • Accounting & Financial Reporting
    • Budgeting
    • Cash Management
    • Internal Control
  • 9 GFI elective credits

Advanced Level 

This program is designed for:

  • Individuals (public or private sector) who have completed the Foundations Level
  • Individuals who are seeking continuous learning challenges
  • Individuals interested in exploring other functions of government finance not directly related to their daily responsibilities

To earn the Advanced level certificate, all of the below requirements must be completed within 3 years of program enrollment.

Advanced Requirements

  • 3 Advanced Forums
    • Accounting
    • Financial Reporting
    • Debt Management
  • 4 Advanced Workshops (Best Practices)
    • Budgeting
    • Cash Management
    • Internal Control
    • Ethics
  • 12 GFI elective credits

Electives (both levels)


Elective credits are based on a minimum 50-minute program and can be earned through various educational programs conducted by NYGFOA.  These include Annual Conference sessions, regional training seminars, and webinars.