Ways to Get CGFM Certification

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Auditors can acquire the CGFM certification from the AGA.

The Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) certification is currently offered through the Advancing Government Accountability (AGA) as a certification for individuals, specifically auditors and similar professionals seeking to be more competitive in the job market. Currently there is only one way to get the CGFM certification. This includes meeting the certification's prerequisites, submitting an application, and taking and passing the certification exams.

  1. Education Prerequisite

    • Before applying for the CGFM, you must minimally have a baccalaureate from an accredited university. It does not matter what your degree is in, as long as you have at least 24 semester credits hours or 36 quarter hours in financial management courses. These include classes in accounting, auditing, budgeting, economics, electronic data processing, finance, management of information resources and public administration, according to the AGA. Other similar courses may count towards your required credits as well. If you are within a year of receiving a bachelor's degree, you may apply for the CGFM; however, it is contingent upon your successful completion of the baccalaureate program.

    Experience Requirement

    • Beyond your bachelor's degree, the AGA requires you to minimally have two years of experience on the professional level prior to receiving the CGFM credential. This experience must specifically be in government financial management, like "budget formation, execution or analysis" or "accounting or auditing policy and procedure development, implementation or interpretation," according to the AGA. One thing to note is that you may begin the application process and take the certification exams without meeting the experience requirement. You must have the experience requirement met within five years of beginning the CGFM's application.


    • The certification process for the CGFM is quite simple once you're eligible for the certification. According to the AGA, the first step in the process is to read their Code of Ethics. Next, you must submit the CGFM's application form and fax or mail it to the AGA. You also must send evidence of your degree to them. As of May 2011, their fax number is 703-562-0361 and their address it 2208 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301.


    • Once you're deemed eligible for the certification by the AGA, the next step in the certification process is to take and pass the certification examinations. As of May 2011, there are three exams for the certification: the Governmental Environment Examination; the Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting Examination and the Governmental Financial Management and Control Examination. All of the exams are multiple-choice, and are taken on computers. Because the exams are computer-based, they may be taken year-round at various testing locations.

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