Over the next two years, GFOA will be making changes to its Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) program to make the program more accessible, attract more candidates, provide better opportunities for current and future CPFOs to engage with GFOA and serve the public-finance profession, and more effectively communicate the value of a CPFO to those outside GFOA and the public finance industry.
Highlights of the program changes include:
* Eligibility. New criteria will allow GFOA members from the private sector to participate.
* Testing. More targeted exams with fewer questions, with opportunities for exam preparation in addition to self-study.
* Topics. Topic areas focus on knowledge and skills essential for the current professional public finance environment.
* Continuing Education. Additional options for meeting continuing education requirements.
While these changes are underway, GFOA encourages members who are interested in beginning the certification process to wait until the new program is announced in June 2020. Any current candidate (or new candidate) will be able to continue taking current exams and progressing toward the designation under the current program procedures until the end of 2020.
Why is GFOA revamping the program? After careful evaluation, including interviews with many GFOA members and CPFO...