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 Certification Program requires the following examinations:

  • Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Debt Management
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Treasury and Investment Management
  • Procurement
  • Risk Management

Testing Information

Content of Exams


CPFO Candidate Guide

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Enroll in the Program

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Learning Management System

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Revised Policies


FAQ Page


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