How to Get Certified

The voluntary certification program is designed to enhance the local government budget and evaluation profession in North Carolina. It recognizes individual achievement for an established level of knowledge on the topics of budgeting, performance and evaluation.

Individuals who meet these standards of professional experience, courses and exams are designated as Certified Budget & Evaluation Officers by the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA). An important aspect of this endeavor is that the certification program is consistent with the goals of the NCLGBA:

  • To strengthen communications and provide opportunities for professional growth and development through the exchange of ideas;
  • To investigate, study, discuss, and recommend improvements in the application of budget and evaluation methods;
  • To collect, compile, and distribute pertinent information about the administration of budget responsibilities; and
  • To promote, sponsor, or conduct training and education programs through the participation in association sponsored events and meetings.

 

Who can be certified?

You must have completed the necessary coursework and exams, have sufficient professional experience, and be a member of both NCLGBA and NCLGBA’s listserv. The listserv is used to provide information on the certification program, continuing education opportunities, course offerings, etc.

 

How much professional experience is required?

To be eligible, you need to meet one of these combinations of related/applicable experience and education:

  • 8 years of experience in local government budget and evaluation are eligible for the certification
  • 7 years of experiences and an associate’s degree
  • 5 years and a bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years and a master’s degree in public administration, business administration, or related field

 

What coursework must I complete?

To become eligible for certification, eight days of course work are required in four categories:

  • three days on local government budgeting,
  • three days on capital financing,
  • one day on performance measurement, and
  • one day on evaluation.

Want to complete your certification this year? Here are some upcoming courses you can take.

 

Exams & Certification Application

Three exams must be successfully completed:

  • Local Government Budgeting
  • Capital Financing
  • Performance Measurement

Exams will be offered at the biannual NCLGBA conferences, and periodically refresher study sessions are also offered at the conference. For review, check out our study guide.
Once you meet the certification requirements of professional experience, courses and exams, complete the certification application form and submits it to the certification board for review and approval.

 

For more information, please see the full Budget Certification Requirements.