What is CGFM?

Certified Government Financial Manager® (CGFM®) is a professional certification recognizing the unique skills and special knowledge required of today's government financial managers. It covers governmental accounting, auditing, financial reporting, internal controls and budgeting at the federal, state and local levels.

To earn the CGFM, individuals must apply for the CGFM program and meet the following requirements:

  • Ethics — read and agree to abide by AGA's Code of Ethics
  • Education — have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Examinations — pass three comprehensive CGFM examinations
  • Experience — have at least two years of professional-level experience in government financial management


To maintain CGFM certification in active status, individuals must continue to abide by AGA's Code of Ethics, renew CGFM annually and earn 80 continuing professional education hours every two years.

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CGFM certification offers a number of benefits to individuals, their employers and the public.  Please watch this National AGA one-minute video on the member value and benefits of CGFM certification: 

AGA National Video - Member Benefits and Value

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