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CGFM You Pass We Pay Program (YPWPP)

The You Pass We Pay Program (YPWPP) is a great way to assist Chapter members meet their goal of obtaining the CGFM.  The basic criteria and steps for the YPWPP are summarized below:

  • Only NM Chapter members are eligible for this program since it is unique to our Chapter.

Complete the Program Application Form on the national website.   Once approved, you will receive a CGFM Eligibility Letter in the mail.

  • Send an email to the CGFM Coordinator to “apply” for the YPWPP program.  Once accepted into the YPWPP program, participants are allotted six (6) months to take and pass all three examinations.  The clock starts "ticking" when an agreed upon date is reached by the CGFM Coordinator and the participant. A welcome letter is sent out to you welcoming you to the YPWPP program which will have your start date. 
  • Study, study, study.  Schedule, take and pass the exams.  (Study materials are available for the participant to borrow on a first come, first served basis.  Contact the CGFM Coordinator for more details.)
  • Upon successful completion of passing all three examinations, the participant will provide the CGFM Coordinator with a copy of the official AGA Award Letter from AGA National stating the applicant has passed all three examinations.  Also submit proof of payment with a signed statement attesting that the applicant has received no further financial assistance for this process (i.e., having an employer pay for the exams).  A determination will be made verifying that all three examinations were completed within the six month time period allotted and proof of payment and signed statement are sufficient.  Reimbursement will then be made to the participant.

To earn the CGFM certification the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Read and agree to abide by the AGA’s Code of Ethics
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Pass three comprehensive CGFM examinations
  • Have at least two years of professional-level experience in government financial management field

To maintain the 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 (CPE) hours every two years.

For more information on the CGFM Certification process visit the national website –

Contact the CGFM Coordinator, Misty Schuck, for more information on the YPWPP process by email at