Developing a Zero-Based Budget

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New to budgeting? This course covers the basics of budgeting for those that have limited experience in developing and managing operations budgets.




About the Course

As a public sector employee responsible for the ethical stewardship of tax-payer's dollars, setting and tracking a fiscally responsible budget is a fundamental supervisory skill. This course covers the basics of budgeting for those that have limited experience at developing and managing operations budgets.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

This course has the following:

  • Comprehension Checks
  • Learn More Opportunities
  • Interactive activities
  • Final Assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Key Terms and Concept
  • Zero-Based Budgeting: The Process
  • Elements of a Zero-Based Budget Report
  • Building Your First Zero-Based Budget

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Define basic budgeting process terms
  • Set up a Zero-based Budget and a Spending Plan for a small operations department
  • Identify desirable practices for responsible Zero-based Budgeting in the public sector
  • Describe your local Budgeting process and who should be part of the Budget Development Team

Recommended Background

This course is aimed at new supervisors and managers who are unfamiliar with public sector budgeting.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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