Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)

The Benefit of the CGFM: Among government financial managers, the CGFM has become known and appreciated. It is a mark of distinction and offers you a wide range of important benefits. It:

  • Demonstrates your UNDERSTANDING of all aspects of financial management in EVERY level of government.
  • Gets you PLUGGED IN to the latest INFORMATION in the field and gives you ACCESS to large NETWORKS of people that will help you perform at your best.
  • Makes a statement that you possess specialized SKILLS and professional EXPERTISE.
  • Shows your commitment to expanding your KNOWLEDGE to handle INCREASING responsibilities.
  • DIFFERENTIATES between you and others in a field that has every kind of credential, but only one that was developed by, for and with GOVERNMENT financial managers

CGFM Requirements: Candidates must complete the following to become a CGFM:

  • 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

CGFM Examination: Applicants must take\pass three comprehensive examinations to become a CGFM:

  • Course 1: Governmental Environment
  • Course 2: Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting
  • Course 3: Governmental Financial Management and Control

Check out the three CGFM study guides and the CGFM practice examinations on the AGA National website.

How to apply: Follow the steps below to obtain the CGFM Certification. Visit Learn more about the process of earning the CGFM designation for more details about the CGFM application process.

Step 1 - Read the AGA's Code of Ethics

Step 2 - Apply for the CGFM Program: Submit a CGFM Program application form and fee. The non-refundable CGFM application fee is $70 for AGA members and $99 for nonmembers. AGA membership is not required.

Step 3 - Submit Required Degree Documentation: Submit an official copy of your transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university within 6 months of submitting the application form and prior to taking any CGFM Examinations.

Step 4 - Receive an Eligibility Letter: Once your application, payment and transcript are received and approved, AGA will e-mail you an eligibility letter with instructions on how to schedule your CGFM Examinations.

Step 5 - Submit a Work Verification Form: Send a Work Verification Form once you have at least two years of professional-level experience in the government financial management field. You do not have to submit this form before taking the examinations.

Step 6 - Prepare for the CGFM Examinations: Prepare for the examinations through instructor-led course, AGA study guides or other resources available at the CGFM examinations content outlines.

Step 7 - Schedule the CGFM Examinations: Follow the instructions on your eligibility letter to register with Pearson VUE, pay for the CGFM Examination(s) and schedule your testing appointments. Each CGFM examination is $125.

Step 8 - Take the CGFM Examinations: Take\pass the examinations at a Pearson VUE Professional Testing Center. See Examination Scheduling and Procedures 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.

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.

Testing Locations

To find a CGFM testing location, on the AGA’s page on the Pearson VUE website, click on 'Locate a Test Center'. Select United States or Canada for country and then city or zip code you are looking for, and a list of closest Pearson Test Centers will be listed.

Visit the AGA National CGFM website for more details.

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