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Training and Workshops

Filing training and other resources

The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) provides training to local government staff to help them file their annual report, and works with partners to provide classes in finance, budgeting, accounting, reporting and other relevant fields.

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Annual BARS Update Training
Annual Filing Workshops and Training
In Person Trainings

Annual BARS Update Training

The Annual BARS Update webinars occur in the fall each year. The webinars are a no-cost, CPE eligible training offered by SAO’s Local Government Support Team. Webinar topics include important accounting and reporting updates coming to the BARS Manuals, annual report filing changes, new BARS codes, and more.

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  • GAAP Webinars
    • Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:00 – 11:00 AM
    • Tuesday October 26, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM
    • Thursday October 28, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM
    • Wednesday November 3, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM
    • Wednesday November 17, 2021 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • CASH Webinars
    • Tuesday October 19, 2021 9:00 – 11:00 AM
    • Thursday October 21, 2021 9:00 – 11:00 AM
    • Wednesday October 27, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM
    • Wednesday November 3, 2021 9:00 – 1:00 AM
    • Wednesday November 17, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Prior year recorded webinars can be found in the eLearnings section below.

Annual Filing Workshops and Training

The annual report deadline is 150 days after a government’s fiscal year end. Annual reports for governments whose fiscal year end is December 31, 2020, were due by May 30, 2021.

2020 annual filing season workshops and webinars are complete. For assistance or filing support please contact


The State Auditor’s Office is pleased to offer free, web-based training.

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Recorded eLearning

  • Introduction to the BARS Manuals (eLearning runs 50:00)
    • Covers the basic contents of the Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS) Manuals and guidelines for navigating the manuals.
  • SAO 2020 BARS Update: 
    • This training is a recording of the October 2020 webinar for the 2nd Annual BARS Updates for GAAP and Cash Basis BARS, including information on Asset Retirement Obligations, Fiduciary Activities, OPEB, and BARS Coding changes, annual filing updates, and more. 

Not finding what you are looking for? Check out other eLearnings available on our Solutions and Resources page.

Training Classes

Register for training classes in finance, budgeting, accounting, reporting and other relevant fields through WFOA’s Non-Conference Training page.

For more information or questions regarding any of the trainings listed above contact