To earn the Certified Government Financial Manager® (CGFM®) designation, candidates must apply for the CGFM Program and meet four requirements: Ethics, Education, Examinations and Experience.

CGFM® Education Requirement

To take any of the CGFM Examinations, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Your degree must be from a U.S. college or university, accredited by one of the regional or national accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The college or university must have been accredited at the time your degree was conferred. If you have a foreign degree, you must provide an evaluation report stating your degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree (bachelor’s or higher) from an accredited college or university (please see additional details below).


Required Degree Documentation

A copy of your official transcript from an accredited college or university is required before any CGFM Examinations can be taken. The official transcript must clearly state your name, the name of college or university, the fact that a degree (bachelor's or higher) was conferred, and the date the degree was awarded. Unofficial transcripts and transcripts printed from the college/university website are not accepted. Please note: CPA license or other professional certifications held are not acceptable as proof of degree.

An evaluation report is required for foreign degrees.  The evaluation report must be prepared by an organization that performs foreign educational credential evaluation services and is a member of either National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators. A course-by-course evaluation is not necessary.

Please send the transcript to the Office of Professional Certification via email, fax (703.562.0361), or mail (AGA, 2208 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA  22301). Please include your name, contact information and the date the CGFM application was submitted. The transcript must be received by AGA within six months of the date of the CGFM application. If the transcript is received after six months, a new CGFM application with an application fee is required.


Within One Year of Graduation?

If you are currently enrolled and are within one year of graduation with a bachelor’s degree, you may be able to apply for the CGFM Program and start taking the CGFM Examinations before your degree is conferred. (Proof of the degree and work verification will be required before the CGFM can be awarded.) Contact the Office of Professional Certification at 800.AGA.7211 (703.684.6931) for more information. Please indicate the number of college credits completed and your expected graduation date.

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