Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina – since 1984

Continuing Education

continuingedThe GFOASC coordinates and approves Continuing Education courses as well as a special Certification Program for Government Finance Officers. One of the primary objectives of our organization is to promote and encourage professional competence of individuals who are responsible for and who hold in trust public funds. We are very proud of our accomplishments in addressing the professional development of finance directors, budget officers, and accounting managers.

We provide financial officers continuing education and training opportunities through our fall conference, spring conference, bimonthly luncheons, continuing professional education courses, and the Certification Program for Governmental Finance Officers. The Certification Program, spring conference, one day seminars, and the luncheons are held at locations in the Columbia area. The Fall Conference is usually held at a location away from Columbia.


Summer 2017 CPE Training Courses  

Thursday, June 1, 2017 

Course Description:

This training will not be split into separate sessions, so participants must sign up for the whole day in order to receive the full 8 hour CPE course credit. This training will cover a variety of topics to include: Super Circular, External Auditor Requirements and Deliverables, Update on Topics in Higher Education and FSA Programs/Grants, Indirect Cost Plans and Circular. Please print out the CPE credit submission form for your records.

Course Speaker:

Mr. Steve Blake, CPA, CFE, CICA

Steve Blake came to South Carolina in May, 1983. He is an honor graduate of Southern College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He is a member of the Special Review Committee of the Government Finance Officers Association, for which he reviews comprehensive annual financial reports for the Certificate of Achievement Program. Steve has extensive experience with audits of State and local governmental entities, agencies of State and local government, non-profit entities, colleges and universities, federal and state grant programs. Steve is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Association of CPA’s. Steve works with governmental and non-profit clients in providing attestation and training services. Besides being a CPA Steve holds the following additional certifications: Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Control Auditor and Chartered Global Management Accountant. 

Course Agenda: 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Continental Breakfast – 8 a.m.

Lunch – 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Course Location: 

Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus

Mary Robertson Conference Center – Academic Center Room 143
1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170

Course Cost: 

Cost: $110.00 Members / $180.00 Nonmembers
Price includes course fees, continental breakfast and lunch

Course Registration:

Registration for this course is now full.

CPE Form


Monday, July 10, 2017 

Course Description:

This training will be split into TWO separate sessions. Participants will receive 4 hours of CPE course credit for each four-hour session. The morning session will cover GFOA CAFR/PAFR tips and requirements.  The afternoon session will cover Excel tips and tricks. Please print out the the CPE credit submission forms at the bottom of this page for your records.

Course Speaker:

Mr. Steve Blake, CPA, CFE, CICA

Steve Blake came to South Carolina in May, 1983. He is an honor graduate of Southern College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He is a member of the Special Review Committee of the Government Finance Officers Association, for which he reviews comprehensive annual financial reports for the Certificate of Achievement Program. Steve has extensive experience with audits of State and local governmental entities, agencies of State and local government, non-profit entities, colleges and universities, federal and state grant programs. Steve is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Association of CPA’s. Steve works with governmental and non-profit clients in providing attestation and training services. Besides being a CPA Steve holds the following additional certifications: Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Control Auditor and Chartered Global Management Accountant. 

Course Agenda: 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Continental Breakfast – 8 a.m.

Morning Session – 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Lunch – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (For all-day participants only)

Afternoon Session – 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Course Location: 

Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus

Mary Robertson Conference Center – Academic Center Room 143
1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170

Course Cost: 

All Inclusive Cost: $110.00 Members / $180.00 Nonmembers
Price includes course fees, a continental breakfast and lunch

Single Session Cost: $60.00 Members / $95.00 Nonmembers
Morning session price includes course fees and a continental breakfast. Afternoon session price includes course fees and snacks. 

Course Registration:

Registration for this course is now full.

Morning Session CPE Form

Afternoon Session CPE Form


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

You may cancel your registration and receive a full refund if you cancel a minimum of three business day prior to the event.  If you cancel after that time, you will be assessed a $20 charge to cover the cost of the food and beverages.

Course Description:

This training will not be split into separate sessions, so participants must sign up for the whole day in order to receive the full 8 hour CPE course credit. This training will cover a variety of topics to include: Super Circular, External Auditor Requirements and Deliverables, Update on Topics in Higher Education and FSA Programs/Grants, Indirect Cost Plans and Circular. Please print out the CPE credit submission form for your records.

Course Speaker:

Mr. Steve Blake, CPA, CFE, CICA

Steve Blake came to South Carolina in May, 1983. He is an honor graduate of Southern College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He is a member of the Special Review Committee of the Government Finance Officers Association, for which he reviews comprehensive annual financial reports for the Certificate of Achievement Program. Steve has extensive experience with audits of State and local governmental entities, agencies of State and local government, non-profit entities, colleges and universities, federal and state grant programs. Steve is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Association of CPA’s. Steve works with governmental and non-profit clients in providing attestation and training services. Besides being a CPA Steve holds the following additional certifications: Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Control Auditor and Chartered Global Management Accountant. 

Course Agenda: 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Continental Breakfast – 8 a.m.

Lunch – 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Course Location: 

Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus

Mary Robertson Conference Center – Academic Center Room 143
1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170

Course Cost: 

Cost: $110.00 Members / $180.00 Nonmembers
Price includes course fees, continental breakfast and lunch

Course Registration:

Registration for this course is now full.

CPE Form 


Thursday, August 17, 2017 

You may cancel your registration and receive a full refund if you cancel a minimum of three business day prior to the event.  If you cancel after that time, you will be assessed a $20 charge to cover the cost of the food and beverages.

Course Description:

This training will not be split into separate sessions, so participants must sign up for the whole day in order to receive the full 8 hour CPE course credit.This training will feature the topics of Team Building/Personal Development, as well as Internal Control and Risk Assessment featuring the Crawford Model for Excel-based Risk Assessment. Please print out the CPE credit submission form for your records.

Course Speaker:

Mr. Steve Blake, CPA, CFE, CICA

Steve Blake came to South Carolina in May, 1983. He is an honor graduate of Southern College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He is a member of the Special Review Committee of the Government Finance Officers Association, for which he reviews comprehensive annual financial reports for the Certificate of Achievement Program. Steve has extensive experience with audits of State and local governmental entities, agencies of State and local government, non-profit entities, colleges and universities, federal and state grant programs. Steve is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Association of CPA’s. Steve works with governmental and non-profit clients in providing attestation and training services. Besides being a CPA Steve holds the following additional certifications: Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Control Auditor and Chartered Global Management Accountant. 

Course Agenda: 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Continental Breakfast – 8 a.m.

Lunch – 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Course Location: 

Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus

Mary Robertson Conference Center – Academic Center Room 143
1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170

Course Cost: 

Cost: $110.00 Members / $180.00 Nonmembers
Price includes course fees, continental breakfast and lunch

Course Registration:

Click here to register online.

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