Boot Camp


The next FGFOA Beginner Boot Camp will take place in Orlando, Florida at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando North

Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

Registration for this Boot Camp Lottery is now closed. 

FGFOA Beginner Boot Camp Schedule for 2024.  

Additional dates and locations will be added as confirmed.

July 8 & 9, 2024

Orlando, Florida


August 15 & 16, 2024

Clearwater, Florida

October 24th & 25th, 2024

St. Augustine, Florida


The FGFOA is offering an intense, two-day workshop for beginners that will introduce the basics of accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments.  The intricacies of fund accounting will be reviewed, including the various bases of accounting used to record governmental transactions.  In addition, accountability through budgetary methodologies and control mechanisms will be covered as well as budgetary accounting concepts.  The Beginner Boot Camps sell out each time. Space is limited, applicants should sign up as soon as possible.


The two-day Introduction to Governmental Accounting Boot Camp will be led by Lynda Dennis and will qualify for 16 hours of AA CPE.


Participants are determined by a lottery process. 30 participants will be randomly chosen from the registrations received, making registration easier and giving everyone a chance to attend. All others who have signed-up will be placed on a waiting list. You will be notified if you receive a seat in the Boot Camp or if you are placed on the waiting list. There is no charge to register for the Boot Camp Lottery.


If You Receive a Seat in the Boot Camp Class -- Registration fee:
Government Members 
Associate Members: 

Beginner Boot Camp is open to FGFOA members only. If you would like to become a member you can fill out a membership application at our website,

Who should attend?

•     New accounting/auditing staff

•     Accounting staff desiring to move into other accounting positions

•     Managers and supervisors with limited technical accounting expertise

•     Anyone in need of brushing up on governmental accounting basics

After attending the “Beginner Boot Camp” participants will:

•     Have a working knowledge of fund types and categories

•     Recognize the types of transactions to be recorded in various fund categories

•     Understand the relationship between accounting financial reporting and budgetary accountability

•     Know how to record routine transactions for governmental and business type activities

•     Be familiar with the financial reporting model for state and local governments

Additional Information

Certificates of Attendance will be awarded. There will be a booklet provided with all handout materials and references.

Class size is limited for this intense hands-on interaction between the speaker and participants.


For more information about Boot Camp, please contact Karen Pastula at (850) 701-3618

CLICK HERE for more information.

Registration Fees:

Government Member: $440.00
Associate Member: $480.00


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