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Practice Standards

 (updated September 1, 2017)

School Business Officials are management oriented and serve in the Corporate, Financial and Business Services areas in the K-12 public education system.

The requirement for Alberta school jurisdictions to APPOINT a Secretary Treasurer exists in legislation (section 116 of the School Act).  This is the most commonly recognized title for the position, but others may include:

  • Associate Superintendent of Business and Financial Services,
  • CFO
  • COO
  • Treasurer
  • Corporate Secretary,

Other positions in school business may include:

  • Assistant Secretary Treasurer,
  • Director of:   Finance; Risk Management; HR; Communications; Technology; Facilities; Transportation; Procurement
  • Accountants
  •  School business managers

School Business Officials may specialize in one particular area or they may be responsible for several areas, depending upon their position in the school jurisdiction.

The Association has developed the Definition of Practice to assist members and the public in understanding the uniquely versatile skillset.    It is also intended to:

  • Assist those currently working in the profession of school business management to perform their duties as expertly as possible.
  • Provide a model from which to build certification standards for the profession and to assist jurisdictions in seeking and securing the best person for the school business official position
  • Provide a framework for professional development and training opportunities for members.

Additional Resources:

Occupational Profile for a School Business Official - Alberta Government ALIS website 

ASBO International - Professional Skills Assessment

ASBO International - Certification and information resources


 A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION FOR EACH AREA is provided by clicking on each heading.


  • Organization and Administration
  • Public Policy and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Legal Issues
  • Risk Management

Financial Resource Management

  • Budgeting and Financial Planning
  • Accounting Auditing and Financial Reporting
  • Cash Management, Investments and Debt Management

Human Resource Management

  • Personnel, Payroll and Benefits Administration
  • Professional Growth and Human Relations
  • Labour Relations and Employment Agreements

Facility Management

  • Planning and Construction and Property Management
  • Maintenance and Operations

Property Acquisition and Management

  • Purchasing
  • Supply and Fixed Asset Management

Planning and Evaluation

  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community Engagement


  • General Communications
  • Social Media

Technology Management

  • Management Information Systems
  • Records Management
  • Intellectual Property


  • Transportation Management