Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO)

The Certified Public Finance Officers Program for GFOA is a broad educational program designed to verify knowledge in government finance disciplines. To earn the designation of Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), candidates must pass a series of seven examinations covering the major public finance disciplines. A candidate has five years in which to complete the program.

Once earned, the CPFO designation is maintained by paying an annual membership fee and participating in fifteen hours of continuing professional education and three GFOA Engagement Credits each year.

The CPFO program requires the following examinations:

  • Accounting and Financial Reporting – Available now
  • Treasury and Investment Management – Available now
  • Debt Management – Fall 2021
  • Planning and Budgeting – Fall 2021
  • Compensation and Benefits – Fall 2021
  • Procurement – Winter 2021/22
  • Risk Management – Winter 2021/22

Testing Information

Content of Exams


CPFO Candidate Guide


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For more information on the CPFO program, please contact Eric Roach.