Local Government Accounting

  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

Pro­vides basic knowl­edge of local gov­ern­ment account­ing prac­tices, bud­get prepa­ra­tion, and impor­tance of records for account­ing, con­trol and audit­ing of pub­lic records. The dif­fer­ence between local gov­ern­ment account­ing prac­tices and gen­er­al account­ing are also examined.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at individuals interested in moving into higher level responsibilities in the local government field; our student body includes municipal government employees in planning, corporate services, economic development, operations, finance, and more.
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of basic accounting transactions.
  • Work with accounting transactions in the context of local government.
  • Understand how transactions culminate in annual financial information.
  • Gain appreciation of the accounting function in relation to other departments of the municipality.
  • Understand the meaning and preparation of local government financial statements under the Public Sector Accounting Board standards.
  • Interpret and explain local government financial statements.
Take note:

  • A textbook is required for this course; details will be provided in the course syllabus.
  • Additional learning materials are provided through eClass.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

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