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Ready to take your school business career to the next level and become among the profession’s elite workforce?  This bundle includes five on-demand webinars that cover the most recent updates to the professional school finance and operations (SFO) domains. Listen in as five highly qualified certified SFO school business professionals discuss each of the SFO competencies and provide additional guidance on how to seek out study information within your own organization.  Want to learn more?  The SFO Exam Prep Digital Flash Cards can help you practice your test-taking skills.

This bundle includes:

SFO Exam Prep I – Accounting Systems and Functions


This one-hour webinar session will review the topics of accounting systems and accounting functions. The presenter will provide a broad overview of accounting including organizational, procedural, and systematic elements of accounting. This includes maintaining software, upholding financial data integrity, administering the chart of accounts, analyzing account records, and recording district assets. The presenter will also discuss accounting functions ranging from payroll, billings, collections, and payments, to establishing procurement procedures, adhering to budget guidelines, preparing financial reports, and managing cash flows. This session will also cover the new updates to the accounting domains.


OBJECTIVE 1: Examine how to utilize communications technology, internal controls, and proper documentation to prevent against fraud.

OBJECTIVE 2: Identify methods used to manage payroll and personnel functions in the context of accounting, including salary, staffing needs, and benefits.

OBJECTIVE 3: Discuss the process for managing accounts receivable and purchasing and procurement processes.

OBJECTIVE 4: Examine the process for managing annual budgets, prepare financial reports, managing cash flow, managing activity accounts, and GASB standards.



SFO Exam Prep II: Management of Human Resource Functions and Management of Information Systems


An SFO’s proficiency doesn’t stop with district finances; an SFO must also be able to effectively manage information systems and human resource functions. In this one-hour session the presenter will review the essentials of human resources, including hiring compliance and best practices, compensation structure development, facilitating staff development and training programs, managing evaluation processes, personnel administration, and employee benefits. You’ll also get a robust overview of information system management, covering technology system development and needs assessments, system maintenance, and overseeing telecommunications systems.


OBJECTIVE 1: Identify the process used to recruit, hire, and onboard personnel.

OBJECTIVE 2: Examine ways to implement salary and benefit programs that can attract and retain employees.

OBJECTIVE 3: Identify the components used to assess successful district-wide hardware, software, and cloud computing requirements.

OBJECTIVE 4: Examine the process for implementing effective technology used for students and staff utilizing available funding sources.

OBJECTIVE 5: Discuss the importance of monitoring and updating existing policies and practices for technology management.


SFO Exam Prep III: Risk Management and Facilities Management


This session will cover the topics of risk management and the management of school facilities. When it comes to risk management, all districts risk suffering loss or damage to their property, personnel, and reputation. Sound risk management practices enable you to anticipate and limit these potential risks so that they cannot negatively affect your school district.  When it comes to managing school facilities, it’s important to understand the effect of the environment on the learner. Factors such as adequate capacity, appropriate sound, light, and temperature as well as the design of space affect an individual’s ability to learn or to work. Effective and efficient facility management contributes to the educational process by providing the environment in which instructional programs are delivered. Expertise in areas such as facility planning, operations, and maintenance are competencies essential for school business officials.


Objective 1: Examine common risks associated with school districts and how to maintain an effective the school risk management process.

Objective 2: Identify the components of facility management and planning.

Objective 3: Discuss best practices in facility maintenance and operations.

Objective 4: Observe the process involved in facility construction and property acquisition.



SFO Exam Prep IV: Financial Planning, Budget Planning, and Analysis


School business practitioners are visionary leaders who can help others clearly see the future of the district through a comprehensive financial plan based on integrity and commitment to the educational mission. In order to inspire and motivate others to achieve a common goal, you’ll need to understand the trends of the community and the district to accurately forecast budget assumptions and assign resources to where they’re needed most. Dive into the details of financial planning, analysis, and budget reporting activities to accurately map out the fiscal year, evaluate data, and inform your stakeholders with clarity and transparency. This webinar session will also cover the new updates for this domain, previously referred to as the “Finance and Budget” domain.


OBJECTIVE 1: Examine the process for conducting financial planning and analysis through the linking of expenses to education outcomes, the development of short-and long-term financial goals, and the exploration of external funding sources.

OBJECTIVE 2: Identify the key elements of budgeting and reporting, including how to accurately project student enrollment and how to evaluate instructional program costs.

OBJECTIVE 3: Discuss your leadership role as it applies to providing sound financial decisions for your district.

OBJECTIVE 4: Review the new tasks associated with the financial planning, budget planning, and analysis domain.



SFO Exam Prep V: Ancillary Services (School Transportation and Food Services


While much of an SFO’s role encompasses financial areas that students may never know about, the transportation and food service areas are a crucial component of operations management, as both areas work directly to meet student needs. In this webinar, you’ll learn what to consider for managing transportation and food services that best serve your students, as well as the state and federal regulations, accounting guidelines, and procedures required to help them run efficiently.


Objective 1: Examine the role that ancillary services play in supporting education.

Objective 2: Identify key factors in determining whether transportation and food service should be operated in-house or contracted.

Objective 3: Understand the role that federal and state regulations play in the provision of ancillary services.



The SFO study materials provided by ASBO International are tools used to help review the subject matter covered by the exam.  Study materials, in conjunction with the SFO Guidebook domain checklist, can assist candidates with discovering knowledge gaps which can be helpful when developing an individual study plan. Study aids such as exam tips, reference books, assessment practice questions, and other learning materials are aligned with the SFO Exam as outlined in the SFO Guidebook.  ASBO International professional facilitators do not have access to the SFO exam questions. It is recommended by the ASBO International Education Team that SFO candidates begin with comparing their professional experience and skill level with the knowledge, tasks, and skills assessment outlined under each domain in the SFO Guidebook ; and based on these findings, create a personal study plan. In adherence to the best practices for certifying bodies, Certification Commission volunteers and certification staff are not involved in developing any preparatory program, and no preparatory program is endorsed by the Certification Commission nor is a prerequisite to earning the certification.

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