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:

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Fall into Autumn with your CGFM? Why not make earning the CGFM certification a priority this Fall. For more information about the CGFM click here.


Virtual CGFM Study Group - The DC, Richmond, and Northern Virginia Chapters of the Association of Government Accountants will be holding a virtual CGFM study group on Thursday, December 9th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on material from examination one. Participants should purchase the AGA Study Guide before the session meets (AGA's CGFM Study Guide 1: Governmental Environment, 2019 Edition 1st edition | Print ISBN - 9781733918237, eText ISBN - 978-1-7339182-0-6 | VitalSource). A hard copy is also available (https://marketplace.mimeo.com/agacgfm).

Please see the link below where you can register for this great study opportunity (advance registration is required). The cost of the course is $5 and 2.5 CPEs in governmental accounting will be awarded. The course will be instructed by current CGFMs, Kevin Shers and Robert Reigle. Space is limited, so register today!

Registration link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/745412127015118347

Let Kevin Shers (kshers@bdo.com) know if you have any questions.


CGFM "Take One, Get One" Promotion - From now until November 30, if CGFM candidates take any CGFM exam, they can receive a voucher for a FREE exam. Click here to see more information regarding the program on the AGA National website.


Current AGA DC Chapter Offerings:

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

  • Study at Home for Free – AGA DC will reimburse the costs of either training modules or study guides, and practice exams, which are available to our AGA members. A limited amount of reimbursements are available on a first come, first served basis until funds for the program year are exhausted. (Members do not qualify if your employer has reimbursed your exam expenses.) See below for a listing of all study related resources available for reimbursement.

To be eligible, you must submit the following:

  1. Proof you have scheduled the exam
  2. Proof of payment
  3. Mailing address
  4. AGA member number

Contact Sara Specht via email with any questions or concerns.

  • Exam Rebate Initiative – Pass the exams from now through June 2022 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 served basis until funds for the program year are exhausted. (Members do not qualify if your employer has reimbursed your exam expenses.)

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 via email to obtain a rebate. 

The Washington DC Chapter will provide each Washington DC member reimbursements up to $125 for the program year of 2021 to 2022. A limited amount of rebates are available on a first come, first served basis until funds for the program year are exhausted. (Members do not qualify if your employer has reimbursed your exam expenses.)

Available Study Resources

Study GuidesAGA offers CGFM study guides in two convenient formats - print (hard copy) version and online access.

  • Print Version - Study guides are now available in the AGA CGFM Bookstore. The study guides now include a binder.
  • Online Access - Study guides are now available online through a six-month subscription. The guides can be viewed on- and off-line, through an app.  To buy or access the online guides, click on the corresponding link below:

Training Modules - AGA offers CGFM Training Modules, which are currently available in course bundles for all portions of the CGFM exams.  These modules are currently available for purchase here.

Practice Exams - In addition to study guides, AGA provides practice exams for use in studying for the CGFM exam. To purchase and/or access your practice exams click here.


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 via email.

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For important information related to CGFMs, please click here.

For a list of recently certified Chapter CGFMs, please click here.