CGFM® Certification

CGFM Intensive Review Course and Examinations

AGA's Intensive Review Course (IRC), with CGFM examinations included, is a great opportunity to review the course material with a knowledgeable instructor and complete your CGFM!

The next IRC, offering up to 18 CPEs, will be held in Alexandria, VA, January 30-31, 2020. The class will run 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. The cost of the course for qualified participants is as follows:

  • $375 for AGA members
  • $425 for nonmembers

The CGFM examinations are offered at no additional cost to course attendees — a $375 savings! 

The CGFM examinations can be taken by appointment only at Pearson Professional Testing Centers from  February 1 to April 30, 2020, using vouchers provided by AGA.

 Before you register, please note:
  • What is the IRC? It is a condensed and fast-paced course for individuals who have already been studying for the CGFM examinations and want extra reinforcement of the material. It is a review of the main topics covered on the CGFM examinations, led by a knowledgeable instructor.
  • The IRC is not a shortcut. It is not a prep course with strategies on how to pass the exams, and it is not a substitute for the three AGA instructor-led training courses. The IRC is usually not enough, by itself, to prepare for the CGFM examinations — significant advance preparation is strongly recommended.


The registration for this event is closed. 

Important notes

  • Eligibility requirement: Only current CGFM candidates can register for the IRC. Walk-ins are not accepted.
  • Registration deadline: Registrations are accepted on a first come, first-served basis. Space is limited, and the course may fill before the registration deadline, so we encourage you to register early. Registrations will not be accepted after January 20.
  • Cancellation deadline: Refunds, less a $25 processing fee per registrant, will be granted for cancellation requests received in writing by January 16, 2020. Refunds will not be granted after this date. If a candidate is not able to attend the course, AGA will not issue the candidate credit toward any future training.
  • Examination vouchers: A week before the IRC, registered participants will receive an email with three exam vouchers (numerical codes). These vouchers can be used in place of payment while scheduling CGFM examination appointments at Pearson Professional Testing Centers. The vouchers will expire on April 30, 2020 — all examinations must be taken by this date. The voucher expiration deadline will not be extended. Testing centers may fill up; participants are encouraged to contact Pearson VUE by the beginning of February to schedule and take their exam(s) by April 30, 2020
  • Prior exams: Candidates who have already taken a CGFM exam, but did not pass, must satisfy the applicable waiting period before they can retake that CGFM exam. Candidates must have a valid CGFM exam eligibility to take a CGFM exam during the February-April period. 


The IRC will be held in Alexandria, VA. Detailed information will be provided to all registered attendees.

Course and materials

Learning objectives

  • Outline concepts and realities of public accountability
  • Understand government organization — at all levels
  • Comprehend interaction among levels of government
  • Understand what to tax and why
  • Understand the need for and practice of internal control
  • Understand how and what kind of audits are conducted in government
  • Meet the responsibilities of government managers in providing accountability for the public trust
  • Learn about techniques for managing cash, investments, loan programs, inventory, procurement, property management and financial management systems
  • Understand governmental accounting standards, financial reporting practices and budgeting approaches
  • Apply the standards, practices and approaches by the federal, state and local governments
  • Understand financial statements issued by federal, state and local governments

Fields of Study: Finance — three CPE hours, Auditing (Governmental) — six CPE hours, Accounting (Governmental) — nine CPE hours. 
Program level: Intermediate
Delivery method: Group live
Course prerequisite: Only eligible CGFM candidates can participate in this course (see Eligibility section above). Prior participation in a CGFM training course or the purchase of CGFM study guides is not required, but is strongly encouraged.
Advance prep: Review the updated CGFM examinations content outlines and study for the CGFM examinations. 
Materials: No materials will be provided at the IRC. However, participants are encouraged to order CGFM study guides at least six weeks before the course. 

Recording the course presentation (audio or video) is strictly prohibited.

AGA is registered is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: National Registry of CPE Sponsor ID: 104201.