Professional Certification Board

I. Purpose of board

The Professional Certification Board (PCB) will oversee AGA’s Certified Government Financial Manager® (CGFM®) program. Through AGA’s Office of Professional Certification, the board carries out all aspects of the CGFM program.

II. Reference to Bylaws and/or Policy and Procedures Manual

  1. Bylaws:
    • (a) Article V, Section 2 (h) provides that the “NEC shall review actions and programs of the national boards, committees and task forces. The NEC may require a national board, committee or task force to appear before it at appropriate times.”
    • (b) Article V, Section 2 (a) provides the list of NEC members including “the chair of the Professional Certification Board (ex-officio, without vote).”
  2. Section II of AGA’s Policy and Procedures Manual. No specific references are made to the Professional Certification Board.

III. Functions and responsibilities

The functions and responsibilities of the PCB shall include, but may not be limited to:

  1. Establishing, maintaining and interpreting the CGFM program’s qualification standards.
  2. Overseeing the updates of CGFM examinations, including the maintenance and currency of the common body of knowledge.
  3. Establishing overall CGFM examination policies and procedures.
  4. Establishing criteria for proper degree documentation for CGFM applicants, including approval or rejection of applications where appropriate.
  5. Establishing CPE requirements and guidance.
  6. Establishing CGFM program’s policies on maintaining the designation.
  7. Reviewing and guiding policies and strategies for program growth and coordination with other AGA education and international functions.
  8. Providing input to the appropriate AGA staff in the development or maintenance of the CGFM training courses and materials.

The PCB may establish an Education/Practitioner Consultant Panel to provide advice and counsel to the board on issues such as: (a) proposed changes to AGA CGFM educational products; and (b) new developments in the field that need to be addressed in future CGFM examinations.

IV. Structure of the board

The board shall consist of nine members (including the chair and vice chair). The national president will recommend to the NEC for approval individuals to be the board’s chair, vice chair and members. Board members shall be appointed for a three-year term and may be reappointed for one additional consecutive term. The chairperson and vice chair shall be appointed for a one-year term and may be reappointed for additional terms in those capacities. The board members must be CGFMs. In addition to the nine voting members, AGA's CEO and the director of professional certification shall serve as nonvoting ex-officio members.