What is the CPFO Program?
| The Certified Public Finance Officers Certification Program
is designed to prepare individuals for financial
leadership positions in local and state government. The Certification Program of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and
Canada (GFOA) is a broad educational self-study program designed to
verify knowledge in the disciplines of government finance. The
Certification Program is governed by the Council on Certification.
Technical and administrative support for the program is provided by
Radford University's Governmental and Nonprofit Assistance Center. To earn the designation of Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO),
candidates must pass a series of five examinations
covering the major disciplines of public finance.
A candidate has seven years in which to successfully complete
the program. Once earned, the CPFO designation is maintained by
participating in 30 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) each
year or 60 hours of CPE credit if the CPFO files over a two year period.
While GFOA certifies that an individual who passes one or more of
GFOA’s certification examinations demonstrates certain competencies,
GFOA withholds an opinion as to the capabilities of any individual to
successfully perform in a given position. GFOA encourages prospective
employers and employees to share information regarding the requirements
of the position and the capabilities of the candidate in a forthright
manner to promote sound employment and professional decisions.
The CPFO Certification Program offers the following five examinations:
1. Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial
2. Treasury and Investment Management
3. Debt Management
4. Operating and Capital Budgeting
5. Retirement & Benefits, Risk Management and Procurement
For additional information
about the CPFO program and examinations (certification
guidelines, forms, sample
applications, candidates guide, reading materials, etc.) visit
Certification Program (CPFO) Site.
View the current CPFO Examination Schedule
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