Have You Ever Wondered “Why Should I Become a Certified Government Financial Manager?”

CGFM exemplifies experience and proficiency, distinguishing individuals who have made a significant commitment to their professional development. A CGFM has:

? Increased knowledge of government financial management:

CGFMs must pass three rigorous examinations, covering key topics including federal, state and local accounting and reporting; financial management functions; performance measurement; Internal controls and auditing.

? Better understanding of the big picture of government:

CGFMs recognize how the different components of government financial management fit together, and they understand their role in the process.

? Greater confidence on the job:

The CGFM certification is directly applicable to the everyday duties of government financial professionals, at every level. It can help a new employee hit the ground running, while enhancing the performance of existing employees.

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 oruniversity

? Examinations — pass three comprehensive CGFM examinations

? Experience — have at least two years of professional-level experience in government financial management

The Greater Columbus Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Chapter has study guides available for each of the three (3) sections which you can borrow in two (2) week increments or you can order your own study material online. For more information please contact either Bob Palmieri 701-3020 or Barb Bail 701-3445 or check out the AGA National website at https://www.agacgfm.org/CGFM-Certification