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BFS News: Feb. 14 Deadline for Financial Management Certification Program, Upcoming Training

February 5, 2014

2014 Financial Management Certification Program Applications Taken Until Feb. 14

Campus business or administrative officers seeking additional training or professional development opportunities should consider applying for the 2014 UC Merced Financial Management Certification Program (FMCP).

The FMCP is a comprehensive training program developed in partnership with the Campus Training Committee and campus subject-matter experts. The program is built on financial, compliance and administrative concepts and responsibilities introduced in the Business Officer Institute (BOI). The program consists of mandatory and elective classes of comprehensive instruction in topic areas critical to successful financial management including: ethics, fraud, compliance, controls, risk assessment, and resource and personnel management. 

The 2014 cohort will attend the first two modules March 13 and can expect to complete the program by early December. The complete schedule of courses is on the FMCP webpage under “Module Schedule.” Applications for the 2014 cohort will be accepted until Feb. 14. Admission to the program requires a completed application form that includes the following:

  • A description of current job duties
  • Supervisor's approval
  • A personal statement of career goals, how you will benefit from the program and a commitment to completing the certification program

At the program’s completion, participants will have a deeper understanding of their administrative responsibilities and why they are important, as well as a more diverse skill set that will help them tackle complex university problems. The course also offers the opportunity to develop relationships and improve collaborations and processes across university functions. 

For detailed information about the program, including application requirements, due dates and a course schedule, please visit the Financial Management Certification Program page on the Controls website.


  • Purchasing, full accounting unit (FAU), and CatBuy trainings are scheduled for Feb. 18 and 19. The sessions are required for certain positions on campus, but they are also informative for staff and faculty members who want to familiarize themselves with the university’s purchasing protocols and procurement system. Details are available online.
  • Check training.ucmerced.edu for other upcoming opportunities to receive instruction on systems and protocols you use on the job.

Campus Meetings, Training, and one-on-one Assistance

  • The next AO/MSO meeting is from 10:45 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 in KL 232. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month and are open to anyone who wants to hear more about important campus updates, developments and requirements.
  • Tax Tuesdays: UC Merced Tax Services is available on campus by appointment between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. in KL 201 on the third Tuesday of every month. If you need assistance with campus tax-related questions and matters, make arrangements via tax@ucmerced.edu or by contacting Tax Services Manager Kiran Samran at ext. 4075. For helpful information, visit tax.ucmerced.edu. 
  • Payroll Fridays: Until 5 p.m. every Friday, a payroll expert is stationed in KL 201 to meet and discuss your concerns without making a formal appointment. If you have payroll-related questions anytime during the week, you can contact the Payroll Department at ext. 2729 or payroll@ucmerced.edu.

UCPath Updates and Info Available Anytime

Stay informed on progression of the UCPath project by visiting UC Merced’s UCPath website, which hosts a collection of background materials and updates surrounding the new system for payroll, academic personnel, timekeeping and human resources information. For further inquiries related to UC Merced’s UCPath implementation, the UC Merced project team is reachable via ucpath@ucmerced.edu. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.