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Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations Professional Achievement Award

Apply for Candidacy

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $35 to declare candidacy in this program.

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

Professional Achievement Award in Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations

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Governmental and nonprofit accounting, particularly municipal accounting, has experienced tremendous growth and offers great job and advancement opportunities. With the increasing complexity of governmental accounting, this growth is projected to continue for years.

Participants in the Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations Professional Achievement Award Program will gain a comprehensive body of knowledge and skills for accounting appropriate for:

  • School districts
  • Health care organizations
  • Charities
  • Special districts, including water, transportation, and parks and recreation

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for:

  • Accountants
  • Finance professionals
  • Administrative analysts
  • Accounting students
  • Directors and managers for government and nonprofit organizations

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the award, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) three required courses for a total of 12 units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in nine months to one year. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost for the program is approximately $2,000. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last three years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of 4 units. All requests must be in writing and students must have paid the certificate application fee. Official transcripts are required.



  • Joan Branin, Ph.D., Consultant, The Acorn Group, Pasadena
  • Diana Cescolini, M.A., Instructor, UC Riverside Extension
  • Justine Quinones, B.A., CPA, CMA, C.G.F.M., Administrative Manager, County of Riverside

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Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273