The Certified Government Financial Manager or CGFM is the exam used by the Association of Governmental Accountants or AGA to certify professional government financial managers. This exam is designed to provide a set of standards in financial expertise and ethics that all professionals in this field are held to.
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To become a CGFM, you must fill out an online application and meet the following requirements:
- Read and agree to AGA’s Code of Ethics
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution in any subject
- Pass all three examinations
- Have a minimum of two years of professional experience in government financial management
There is a $125 fee per examination.
What is Covered?
The exam is made up of three separate examinations. Each examination has 115 multiple-choice questions are given two hours and 15 minutes to complete. Below you will a brief outline for each with the weight given to each section.
Exam 1: Government Environment (GE)
- Organization, structure, and authority of government (15%)
- Legally-based implication of the government financial environment (20%)
- Government management system cycle (18%)
- Governmental financing process (25%)
- Identifying concepts, definitions, and notions of public accountability (10%)
- Ethics as applied to the government environment (7%)
- Electronic services in government (5%)
Exam 2: Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting (GAFRB)
- Governmental financial accounting, reporting, and budgeting general knowledge (40%)
- State and local financial accounting and reporting (30%)
- Federal financial accounting and reporting (30%)
Exam 3: Governmental Financial Management and Control (GFMC)
- Financial management functions (30%)
- Financial and Managerial Analysis Techniques (10%)
- Internal Control (25%)
- Performance management/metrics/service efforts and accomplishments (15%)
- Auditing (20%)
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When and Where?
All three exams are computer administered year-round by AGA through Pearson VUE. Once you have been approved into the CGFM program, you will receive a notification allowing you to proceed with the registration and scheduling of your testing appointment. This can be done online or by phone.
You can schedule to take the exams at over 200 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, and some other countries.
What to Bring?
You should arrive at least 30 minutes early for your exams to ensure that you get checked in and are ready to go.
You will be required to show two valid forms of ID. These must contain a signature, and one of them must have a recent photo. Names on your ID must exactly match those on your confirmation letter from AGA.
You will not be allowed to bring anything else into the testing center with you. This includes any electronic devices, calculators, food or drinks, and any study materials.
How is it Scored?
You will receive a score report as soon as you complete each exam. These will indicate a pass/fail result. Passing score reports will state “you have passed,” while failing ones will record a scaled score and the performance level for each content area.
A score of 500 is needed to pass the exams.
How to Prepare?
With a successful passing of this exam, you will be certified as a Government Financial Manager. This will allow you to stand a head above many in your field, expanding your career opportunities. We know this is important for you, therefore, it is important to us.
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