CGFM® Certification

CGFM Intensive Review Course and Beta Examinations

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

Important: CGFM examinations will follow the updated content outlines starting on Sept. 1, 2019.  Participants of the upcoming courses will cover new content and receive:

  • Three free vouchers to sit for the beta exams in September and October
  • Free access to the three updated online editions of the CGFM study guides 

For more information on the CGFM exam update, including beta exams, please visit the exam update webpage

Upcoming dates

The classes will run 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days and offer 18 CPEs. The cost of the course for qualified participants reflects a $25 celebration discount to mark CGFM's 25th Anniversary in 2019!

  • $350 for AGA members
  • $400 for nonmembers

The CGFM examinations are offered at no additional cost to course attendees — a $300 savings! 

The CGFM beta examinations can be taken by appointment only at Pearson Professional Testing Centers from  September 1 to October 31, 2019, using vouchers provided by AGA.

  • What is the IRC? It is a special, limited enrollment opportunity 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 — advance preparation is strongly recommended.

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: Six-months of access to updated online study guides will be provided to registered attendees in June.

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.