Association of Government Accountants
  Advancing Government Accountability
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CGFM  Certitied Government Financial Manager





Click on the link below to view information on how the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designation program operates.


2013 Updates on the CGFM Education Requirements

CGFM Education Requirement Updated

Certified Government Financial Managers (CGFMs) represent a diverse group of professionals working in the government financial management field, including accountants, auditors, budget analysts, controllers, finance directors, financial analysts, program managers, IT professionals, CFOs and consultants. Many government financial managers come to this profession with varied academic backgrounds and expertise, which brings a breadth of knowledge that enhances the field of government financial management.

In light of this diversity and ongoing changes in the profession since the CGFM program inception in 1994, AGA’s Professional Certification Board (PCB) has updated the eligibility requirement to take the CGFM examinations. From the onset of the program, a prerequisite to sit for the CGFM examinations has been a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with 24 credit hours in certain designated areas, such as accounting, auditing, finance or public administration. The PCB determined that the focus of the 24-hour requirement was too limiting to completely capture the full and ever-expanding range of knowledge, skills and abilities that represent today’s government financial management workforce.

Therefore, effective immediately, CGFM candidates are no longer required to have 24 credit hours in a particular discipline or range of disciplines to be eligible to take the CGFM examinations. In order to establish their eligibility, CGFM applicants still must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must provide a copy of an official transcript documenting their degree.

In addition to the education requirement, the knowledge and experience in government financial management remain essential components of the CGFM certification program. Accordingly, to earn their CGFM, all candidates must also pass the three rigorous CGFM examinations that test knowledge of government financial management have at least two years of professional-level work experience in government financial management.

If you have any questions about the CGFM eligibility requirements or any other aspects about the CGFM program, please contact AGA’s Director of Professional Certification, Katya Silver ( or at 800.AGA.7211, ext. 305) or Certification Manager Brian Watkins ( or at ext. 341).

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