CGFM® Certification Process

CGFM Application Form
CGFM Work Verification Form
CGFM Examination Scheduling

Step 1—Read AGA's Code of Ethics

Step 2—Apply for the CGFM Program

Submit a CGFM Program application form with the $85 application fee and required degree documentation. Please note: The $85 application fee is non-refundable. AGA membership is not required for the CGFM certification.

Note: the online CGFM application fee is only $20 if submitted in the month of October – a savings of $65!

Step 3—Submit Required Degree Documentation

Submit a copy of your transcript from an accredited college or university by e-mail, fax or mail. This documentation must be submitted within six months of submitting the application form and before any CGFM Examinations can be taken.

See CGFM Education Requirement for more information.

Step 4—Receive an Eligibility Letter

Once your application, payment and degree documentation are received and processed by the Office of Professional Certification, AGA will e-mail you an eligibility letter with instructions on how to purchase your CGFM Examinations. The letter is usually sent out within two to three weeks of receipt of your CGFM application and proof of bachelor's degree.

Your eligibility for taking the CGFM Examinations will expire three years from the date of processing your CGFM application. 

Extensions: If your eligibility period ends before you pass all three CGFM Examinations, you will need to reapply and pass all the examinations again. Extensions of eligibility may be granted to individuals who passed some but not all of their examinations before the end of their eligibility period. Extensions are not designed to establish a new eligibility period but to give 1-2 months to individuals who have not been able to complete all of their exams before the eligibility deadline. No extensions will be granted to individuals who have not passed any of their CGFM Examinations. To request an extension of eligibility, contact AGA’s Office of Professional Certification 30 days before the expiration of your eligibility period via email at, fax at 703-562-0361 or mail (AGA, 2208 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA 22301).

Step 5—Submit a Work Verification Form

Submit a Work Verification Form as soon as you have at least two years of professional-level experience in the government financial management field. You do not have to submit this form before taking the examinations, but it must be submitted before the designation can be granted.

See CGFM Experience Requirement for more information.

Step 6—Prepare for the CGFM Examinations

Prepare for the examinations by attending an instructor-led course, purchasing a study guide or studying on your own. To determine the best way to prepare, start by reviewing the CGFM Examinations content outlines.

See Preparing for Examinations for more information.

Step 7—Schedule the CGFM Examinations

Following the instructions on your eligibility letter, register with Pearson VUE, pay for the CGFM Examination(s) and schedule your testing appointments.

Examination fees: $109 for each of the three examinations. See Examination Scheduling and Procedures for more information.

Step 8—Take the CGFM Examinations

Take the examinations at a Pearson VUE Professional Testing Center. After you complete a CGFM Examination at a testing center, you will immediately receive a pass/fail score on your computer. If you did not pass your exam, there is a 30-day waiting period before you can retake it. If you failed this exam more than once, the waiting period is 90 days.

See Examination Scheduling and Procedures for more information.

CGFM Examinations can also be taken during AGA's Intensive Review Course events.

Step 9—Receive CGFM Award Letter

Once you pass all three CGFM Examinations, and your Work Verification Form has been submitted and accepted by the Office of Professional Certification, AGA will send you an official award letter announcing your new CGFM designation. The letter is usually sent out within three weeks of completing the last CGFM requirement. Note that the CGFM designation may not be used until after receiving an official award letter from AGA.

Step 10—Receive and Display Your CGFM Certificate

Expect to receive your certificate 6 - 10 weeks after your award letter.

Remember to maintain your CGFM in active status.

If you have any questions about the process or if you have not heard from us within the estimated time frame, please contact the Office of Professional Certification at or 800.AGA.7211.