Basic-level e-learning Course on System of National Accounts (2008 SNA): Integrated Transaction Accounts

The objective of this Course is to provide an understanding of the basic concepts and framework of the System of National Accounts (SNA) to the newcomers to the field of national accounts.


SDG8: Decent work and economic growth
Economic statistics
Macroeconomic statistics
Economic accounts
national accounts

The course consists of the following modules:

  1. Introduction to System of National Accounts (SNA)
  2. Macro-Economic Framework
  3. Institutional Sectors
  4. Production and Output
  5. Relationship between SNA Aggregates
  6. Sequence of Accounts

Target Audience

This course is designed for junior and mid-level government statisticians with some knowledge of the SNA or involved in the collection and compilation of statistics that support national accounts compilation. Users of national accounts statistics outside the compiling agency or those who are interested in working in this field in the future may find this course useful.

Learning Objectives

The SNA is an internationally agreed standard for measuring economic activity based on a consistent set of accounting principles. It provides a framework that can accommodate a broad set of indicators and can contribute significantly to the measures of progress in achieving the SDGs.

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the basic concept and framework of the SNA 2008 and demonstrate methods and techniques for the compilation of the integrated transaction accounts.

Following the completion of the course, participants will be able to

  • Understand the basic concept and framework of SNA including economic flows and stocks, circular flow of outcome, factors of production.
  • Explain the domestic economy, institutional sectors, measuring output and intermediate consumption
  • Identify the relationship between SNA aggregates-main identities, identities-related to transactions.
  • Identify the difference between current accounts and accumulation accounts.
  • Understand the basic concept of national accounts for the measurement of relevant SDG goals.