Fifth e-Learning Course on the 2008 System of National Accounts

Course at a Glance

Sessions: 12 May - 11 July 2014 (9 weeks long) Log on
Workload: 4-6 hours/week
Taught In: English
* Participation in this course is by invitation.
About the course

This course is intended to introduce the basic tenets of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA2008) for junior statisticians involved in the compilation of national accounts statistics and its source statistics. It is also a useful for statisticians intending to broaden their knowledge of official economic statistics and considering work in national accounts statistics. The course will be conducted over a period of nine weeks online. During this period, participants will have access to learning materials that will be posted on the course website. The materials will include reference notes, power point slides and a set of exercises The course director will respond to queries and problems that participants encounter in their learning.

Course Objectives

To provide a detailed description and underlying principles of the structure and content of the sequence of accounts of the SNA, with emphasis on compilation and measurement of key national accounts aggregates. This course is designed for junior- and mid-level government statisticians who are well versed on the basic concepts of the SNA at levels of previous SNA basic e-learning courses conducted by SIAP. Those with substantial experience in compiling national accounts may find this course useful for updating their knowledge on the SNA 2008.


Participation in this course will be extended to a select number of countries. Experience in the compilation of official government statistics is a key factor to participate in this course. No prior knowledge of the SNA 2008 is required. Participants with experience in the compilation of national accounts will find this course useful in keeping abreast with new developments of the SNA 2008.


A final 75 minute test will be administered at the end of the course. To be successful, course participants are expected to get a minimum score of 80%. Participants can take the final test utmost three times and can take it at any time from 6th July to 11th July, 2014. Participants will only be allowed to take the final test only after successfully taking the six on-line lesson completion tests with a minimum qualifying score of 80%.
After successful completion of the course, participants will be given a certificate. The certificate will be awarded electronically through the system.

Lesson Number Lesson Lesson Objectives


  • Introduction to SNA
  • The session introduces concepts of the system of national accounts as a general framework for economic statistics. At the end of this lesson, participants are expected to know the basic underlying principles  of the SNA 2008.


  • Macro-economic framework
  • Introduces the structure of an economic system using principles of the circular flow of income and economic agents. In this lesson, key national income accounting identities will be introduced and expected to know different measures of GDP and the external sector of the economy.


  • SNA Institutional Sectors
  • Describes key institutional sectors such as government households, financial and non-financial corporations, non-profit institutions serving households plus their activities. It introduces concepts of establishments and classifications used in the SNA. Participants, at the end of this lesson, are expected to know all institutional sectors within then SNA and how distinct they are from industries.


  • Flows and Stocks
  • The lesson introduces concepts of transactions, their measurement, valuation and flow within the structure of the SNA. Participants will be exposed to valuation of production and measures of income including the asset boundary. At the end of the course, it is expected that participants have a sound knowledge of concepts relating to production and income generation within the framework of the SNA 2008.
  • Relationship Between SNA Aggregates – Main Identities
  • This lesson draws from the general  Macro- Economic framework (Lesson II) and  to establish linkages of the key macro-economic identities to the framework of the SNA 2008. A main learning outcome of this lesson is the ability of participants to translate key macro- economic identities using the SNA compilation framework and principles.


Sequence of Accounts
  • An outline of the SNA as an integrated system of accounts is discussed in this lesson. Participants are expected to learn about  how goods and services are produced, incomes generated, distributed and used in a systematic sequencing and flow of all SNA accounts