Certification Program Details

The Minnesota Association of School Business Officials has established a voluntary certification program for all MASBO members and nonmembers. The program, designed to train current and prospective school business officials, offers practical information to assist members in excelling in their profession. Furthermore, the program is designed to advance the professionalism of school business officials to ensure a base of knowledge for all school districts.

The program consists of: 1) the MASBO Institute, 2) 11 three-hour courses, and 3) additional elective credits from MASBO professional development offerings:

MASBO Institute – 30 hours
Certification Courses – 33 hours
Additional MASBO CEs – 27 hours
Total – 90 hours

The MASBO certification program will provide a great deal of information in a short period of time. The program has been designed so an individual can attain the certification status in two years, but must complete the program within five years.

The MASBO Institute starts the certification program as a prerequisite. The MASBO Institute requirement could be waived for qualifying individuals with seven or more years of experience in school business. The MASBO Institute is a week long training that highlights school finance and management topics. The certification courses cover more in-depth training on similar school finance and management topics. The additional CEU’s can be attained through any MASBO conference or workshop. Topics covered at these conferences will provide additional information not covered at the Institute or certification courses.

Application Process

An individual may apply for the certification program. In order to be approved for the certification program, the participant must complete the application form and pay the $50 application fee to MASBO. Once the MASBO office has received the application fee, a notification will be sent acknowledging approval as a certification program participant. When the course work is complete, the certified individual will receive a certificate verifying the completion of the certification program, and will be recognized at the following MASBO Annual Conference. Further, a letter will be sent to the school board chair and superintendent announcing the completion of requirements for the MASBO certification program, if requested.

Re-Certification Process

The re-certification timeline is five years. During this five-year period, the certified member must accumulate 150 hours from MASBO, ASBO, or other professional development seminars given by other entities. A fee of $25 is required for each five-year renewal period. This fee partially offsets the cost of administering the program. All continuing education credits should be submitted to MASBO on the Re-Certification application form. Any questionable credits will be sent to the Communications & Engagement Committee and/or MASBO Board of Directors.

Certification Courses

Each course will have 25-40 participants. Consideration will be given to add more sessions if registration exceeds expectations. The courses are intended to cover major points about their respective topics, offer an opportunity for questions and discussion, and provide resource information for future use. There is a fee for each class (usually $50) that will cover meals and/or snacks and any course materials. Anyone can sign-up for a certification course but priority will be given to participants in the certification program and Active MASBO members.

In an effort to minimize the time away from their offices, most classes have been scheduled around the same time as existing MASBO conferences, and two of the courses are offered as webinars.  There are eleven total courses, that rotate once every two years (with the exception of the Levy Process Course, which is offered every year):

Course Schedule - Even Numbered Years
Accounting & Auditing II
Transportation II

Spring/Annual Conference
Cash Management II

Late Summer/Fall
Levy Process II

Fall Conference
General Education Funding II
Budgeting II - Part 1

Course Schedule - Odd Numbered Years

Winter Conference
Budgeting II - Part 2
Food Service II

Spring/Annual Conference
Special Ed Funding II

Late Summer/Fall
Levy Process II

Fall Conference
Buildings and Grounds II
Legal and Personnel II

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