CGFM® Certification

CGFM Certification Process

Candidates, view your progress in My Path to CGFM.

Step 1 — Read AGA's Code of Ethics

Step 2 — Apply for the CGFM Program

Submit a CGFM program application form and fee online. Please note that checks are not accepted. The non-refundable CGFM application fee is $70 for AGA members ($33 for student members), $99 for nonmembers. AGA membership is not required for the CGFM certification. 

Step 3 — Submit Required Degree Documentation

Upload a copy of your official transcript in My Path to CGFM. This documentation must be received 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 transcript are received and approved by the Office of Professional Certification, AGA will e-mail you an eligibility letter with instructions on how to schedule your CGFM examinations. The letter is usually sent out within two weeks of AGA receiving your CGFM application and transcript. A copy of the letter is available through My Path to CGFM.

Eligibility Period and Extensions: Your eligibility to take the CGFM examinations will expire 18 months from the date of CGFM application approval. If your eligibility period ends before you pass all three examinations, you will need to reapply as a new candidate and pass all of the examinations during your new eligibility period. Extensions of eligibility may be granted to individuals who have passed at least one of the CGFM examinations before the end of his or her eligibility period. Extensions will not be granted to individuals who have not passed at least one of the CGFM examinations.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note that we have revised our extension policy through 9/30/2020: All CGFM candidates who are within 45 days of their eligibility period expiration date are eligible for a special 4-month extension (even if they did not pass a CGFM examination).  This special extension does not count towards the maximum of three extensions that can be awarded to a candidate. 

Issuing extensions: If a candidate’s eligibility was supposed to end in March-June 2020, the special extension has already been applied. Other candidates are encouraged to wait until they are within 45 days from the end of their eligibility to contact AGA to request an extension. Candidates can contact AGA via email at agacgfm@agacgfm.org.

Step 5 — Prepare for the CGFM Examinations

Prepare for the examinations by attending an instructor-led course, purchasing an AGA study guide or studying other resources. Take CGFM practice examinations to test your knowledge. To determine the best way to prepare, start by reviewing the CGFM examinations content outlines.

See Preparing for Examinations for more information.

Step 6 — Schedule the CGFM Examinations

Review the CGFM examination policies prior to scheduling your testing appointment. Follow the instructions on your eligibility letter to register with Pearson VUE, pay for the CGFM examination(s) and schedule your testing appointment(s) at either Pearson VUE testing center or as an online proctored exam. Each CGFM examination is $125.

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Step 7 — Take the CGFM Examinations

Take the examinations at a Pearson VUE Professional Testing Center or from your location through OnVUE online proctoring. After you complete a CGFM examination, you will immediately receive a pass/fail score. If you did not pass your exam, you must adhere to a 30-day waiting period before you can retake it. If you failed a particular exam more than once, your waiting period is 60 days. You can find your exam results and eligibility dates in My Path to CGFM.

See CGFM Examination Policies for more information.

Step 8 — Submit a Work Verification Form

Fill out a Work Verification Form after you have at least two years of professional-level experience in the U.S. government financial management field. Upload the signed form in My Path to CGFM. You do not have to submit this form before taking the examinations, but it must be received and approved by AGA before the designation can be granted.

See CGFM Experience Requirement for more information.

Step 9 — Receive CGFM Award Letter

Once you pass all three CGFM examinations and AGA has approved your Work Verification Form, AGA will send you an official award letter announcing your CGFM designation. This letter is usually sent out within three weeks after a candidate completes the last CGFM requirement.

Note: The CGFM designation may not be used until you’ve received an official AGA award letter.

Step 10 — Receive Your CGFM Certificate and Maintain Your Certification

The official CGFM certificate is usually sent 6–10 weeks after your AGA 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 frames, please contact the Office of Professional Certification at agacgfm@agacgfm.org or 800.AGA.7211.