Non-Conference Education

The mission of the WFOA Education Committee is to provide Washington public entities and their staff with professional training in finance, budgeting, accounting, reporting, and other relevant fields. This professional training provides budget and finance professionals the opportunity to meet face-to-face, exchange ideas with others, and enhance their knowledge which will assist them in promoting the professional management of government financial resources. The professional educational opportunities also enable our members to maintain their status as Professional Finance Officers, CPAs, and/or other similar professional designations. If you would like to join the Education Committee or have questions about educational courses offered, please contact Deb Booher at  

Upcoming 2023 Educational Opportunities

WFOA – Training Opportunities

Intermediate Accounting

December 7, 2023 - 9:00am - 12:00pm 
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member


The class will be conducted via a webinar taught by Bret Brodersen.  Bret is the Finance Director for the City of Centralia.  He teaches accounting at the local community college. Bret is a current WFOA Board member, chair of the Professional Rules and Operational Standards Committee.

Class topics:

The Intermediate Accounting class will cover the basics of financial reporting. Included are:

  • Basic Financial Statements overview
  • Balance Sheets
  • Income Statements 
  • Statement of Cash Flows

Webinar criteria to be eligible for CPE:
  • Each attendee must register with their email
  • Must be logged into the ZOOM webinar with their registered email
  • Have the Zoom meeting on their active screen in order to answer the polling questions.
    • Three polling questions will be administered for every 50 minutes in order to be eligible for 1 CPE. (Example – 4 hour session will have 12 polling questions).

Free Webinar Classes Available

Free eLearning Available from WA State Auditors Office (SAO)

Lease Accounting Standards

Washington State Auditors Office offered classes regarding the new Lease Accounting Standards

  • See the recorded trainings from SAO on Leases as of August 2021

Cash receipting

Want to know more about how to protect your organization from cash receipting fraud? SAO’s on-demand training follows an actual fraud case while covering important best practices for internal controls. You’ll learn how to recognize the warning signs and red flags of common fraud schemes and the rewards of developing a strong internal control system and the risks if you don’t. Local government employees are eligible for Continuing Professional Education Credit (CPE) for this course.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Cancelations are granted at no charge and with a full refund up to ten (10) calendar days prior to the date of training. Cancelation refunds during the ten calendar days prior to the date of training (including the day of class) may be considered in unforeseen circumstances by the Education Non-Conference Co-Chair. Substitution of an attendee is permitted for the training in lieu of the registered attendee. Registration fees cannot be applied to future classes.