What is the CPFO Program?
     The Certified Public Finance Officers Certification Program is designed to prepare individuals for financial leadership positions in local and state government. The Certification Program of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is a broad educational self-study program designed to verify knowledge in the disciplines of government finance. The Certification Program is governed by the Council on Certification.  Technical and administrative support for the program is provided by Radford University's Governmental and Nonprofit Assistance Center.   To earn the designation of Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), candidates must pass a series of five examinations covering the major disciplines of public finance.
     A candidate has seven years in which to successfully complete the program. Once earned, the CPFO designation is maintained by participating in 30 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) each year or 60 hours of CPE credit if the CPFO files over a two year period.

    While GFOA certifies that an individual who passes one or more of GFOA’s certification examinations demonstrates certain competencies, GFOA withholds an opinion as to the capabilities of any individual to successfully perform in a given position. GFOA encourages prospective employers and employees to share information regarding the requirements of the position and the capabilities of the candidate in a forthright manner to promote sound employment and professional decisions.

The CPFO Certification Program offers the following five examinations:

1. Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting
 2. Treasury and Investment Management
 3. Debt Management
 4. Operating and Capital Budgeting
 5. Retirement & Benefits, Risk Management and Procurement
  CPFO exam information
   For additional information about the CPFO program and examinations (certification guidelines, forms, sample exams, exam
    applications, candidates guide, reading materials, etc.) visit the GFOA Certification Program (CPFO) Site
       For additional information about the GNAC and exam review information visit the Radford GNAC page here.
  Want to be a CPFO exam host site?
   If you would like to serve as a host site for CPFO exams please contact:

    Dr. Bruce Chase
    P.O. Box 6953
    Radford University
    Radford, VA. 24142
    Phone: (540) 831-5744

     2016 hosting site application available HERE

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