What is the CPFO Certificate Program?
The Certified Public Finance Officers Program (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.
Radford University's Governmental and Nonprofit Assistance Center, working the GFOA, is responsible for updating the five national exams. In addition, the GNAC coordinates testing sites and is responsible for registering all exam candidates.
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 each year.