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CGFM Certification


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.

How do you become a CGFM?

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

Passing the CGFM exam and obtaining the certification is a worthy way to demonstrate
your commitment and dedication to the industry, as well as enhance your marketability!


AGA DC Chapter CGFM Committee Updates:


Stay-cations and Certifications

Fall looks different this year, but it is the perfect time to 'hunker down' and study for the CGFM exams before the holidays. Want to learn more about the CGFM? Click here.

Current Offerings:

The AGA DC Chapter is proud to support our members in obtaining the CGFM designation as follows:

  • Study at Home for Free – AGA offers online self-paced course bundles to prep for CGFM examinations. To support our DC Chapter members, AGA DC will reimburse the costs of study guides and practice exams, which are available to our AGA members. A limited amount of reimbursements are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Contact Sara Specht at with any questions or concerns.

  • Exam Rebate Initiative – Pass the exams from now through June 2021 and we will reimburse you the cost of each exam. Each exam is $125. A limited amount of rebates are available on a first come, first serve basis.

You must submit the following to qualify:

  1. Copy of passing certification
  2. Proof of payment
  3. Mailing address
  4. AGA member number

Submit the above documentation to Sara Specht at

Current Training Opportunities:

Stay tuned or check out the following link:

CGFM Examinations

Online - Skip the mask and stay at home. The CGFM exams can now be taken conveniently and safely at home with Pearson's OnVUE online proctoring. A live proctor will be available for the duration of the exams to monitor candidates through the webcam of their computer. Find more information on scheduling online exams here.

Testing Centers OPEN - Bring a Mask - Out of caution concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, Pearson VUE Testing Centers are following social distancing guidelines and government guidance. Test takers are required to bring and wear their own face mask during the entire testing experience. You will not be admitted to the test center and should reschedule your exam if...

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19, unless you have been syptom-free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine AND at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure, or you have received two negative COVID-19 test results in a row.
  • You are currently experiencing or have experienced one or more associated symtoms within the last 14 days.
  • You live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19, 
  • Have been or are under home quarantine or centralized observation by government or healthcare authorities.

If you have additional questions about the CGFM Program, please feel free to contact Shawn Syed at


Please join me in congratulating the following members on their accomplishment of obtaining the CGFM, during calendar year 2020.

January 2020:

Alexander Lee, CGFM

Sabine A. Nguedi, CGFM

Edward Burns, CGFM

February 2020:

Aimee Shadder, CGFM

Chul Jung, CGFM

Bryan W. Graham, CGFM

Alexandria N. Gardner, CGFM

March 2020:

LaRon L. Roach, CGFM

Krystal M. Mitchell, CGFM

Zachary D. Brillhart, CGFM

May 2020:

Natasha J. Stewart, CGFM

Erin M. Baloch, CGFM

June 2020:

Karina Gonzalez Perez, CGFM

Timothy M. Hanlon, CGFM

July 2020:

Emily L. Primeggia, CGFM

August 2020:

Michael Lopez, CGFM

September 2020:

James A. Harris, III, CGFM, PMP