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APPA offers courses for accounting and finance personnel in New Orleans in February

From the November 6, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published November 6, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education

APPA's Winter Education Institute, set for Feb. 3-7 in New Orleans, La., will offer a series of courses designed for accounting and finance personnel of public power utilities. The courses can be taken either individually or together, as a series. The instructors incorporate real-life public power examples, discussion and exercises to help apply concepts learned in class.

The Public Utility Accounting course, Feb. 3-4, is aimed at those who are new to utility accounting practices or unfamiliar with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's uniform system of accounts. It covers accounting procedures, uniform system of accounts and utility accounting subsystems. This course is led by Jerry McKenzie, senior associate with MGT of America, Inc., who has over 20 years of industry experience. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of APPA’s Public Utility Accounting manual.

The Work Order and Asset Management Accounting class, Feb. 5, offers tips on how to streamline processes that support work order asset management accounting and job costing. The instructor, Russ Hissom, CPA and partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, has 30 years of experience working with utilities on financial and operational issues.  

In the Advanced Public Utility Accounting course, Feb. 6-7, participants will learn about the more complex aspects of accounting theory and practice, including financial statement presentation and analysis, benchmarking, capital structure and its importance in utility strategic planning, alternatives to traditional financing, accounting for investments and derivative financial instruments, functionalizing, accounting for impairment of long-lived assets and special topics, such as environmental accounting and unbilled revenues. This course will be led by Russ Hissom. Participants will receive a copy of APPA’s Advanced Public Utility Accounting manual.

Attendees can earn credits toward their professional certifications by attending these courses. Each two-day class provides 15 continuing professional education credits (CPEs) and the one-day course is worth 7.5 CPEs. APPA also offers continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs).

The Winter Institute also features in-depth courses on underground distribution systems, a week-long certificate program on customer service management, as well as APPA's basic, intermediate and advanced cost of service and retail rate design and financial planning courses. All courses will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

There is a $100 discount for those who attend more than one course (or who attend with a colleague) and a $50 early registration discount.

For more information, visit under "courses and workshops" or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 or


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