Certified Government Finance Officer Program (CGFO)

CGFO Review Courses will be held October 24 - 26, 2017
CGFO Exams will be held Friday, October 27, 2017

Both will be held at the Omni Hotel Jacksonville in conjunction with the School of Governmental Finance.

Currently the FGFOA has a total of 453 CGFOs

The Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) Program is intended to encourage a level of knowledge and professionalism in the field of government finance. It is also intended to encourage development and maintenance of professional competence for practicing governmental finance officers. For purposes of the CGFO program, a finance officer is any individual occupying a professional level position that includes oversight and/or supervision of one or more financial functions in a government entity.

While the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, Inc. (FGFOA) certifies that individuals meeting the criteria in its professional certification program demonstrate certain competencies, the Florida Government Finance Officers Association expressly withholds an opinion as to the capability of any individual to successfully perform in a given position. Prospective employers and employees must make that decision. The Florida Government Finance Officers Association 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.

Why earn a CGFO Designation? CGFO Program Brochure

Want to become a CGFO?
CGFO Application/Requirements
CGFO applications must be received by September 15th for the fall exams, and January 15th for the spring exams.

2017 CGFO of the Year Award
Rosalie Ola Ola
Assistant Finance Director
City of Coral Gables


Neesha Bajere, Management/Budget Analyst, City of Hollywood
Ryan Bernal, Financial Analyst, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Laurie Brown, Finance Supervisor, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
Lori Carr, Assistant Finance Director, City of South Daytona
Heather Carter, Accounting Manager, Alachua County Clerk of Circuit Court
Yim Kwan Cheng, Finance Manager, Barefoot Bay Recreation District
Amy Clark, Chief Accountant, City of Plant City
Diane Ebentheuer, Budget Coordinator, City of Milton
Cassaundra Drayton, Accountant III, City of Miami Gardens
Natalie Eckroth, Financial Services Manager, City of Daytona Beach
Veronica Ettel, Budget Manager, Pinellas County
Ian Evans-Smith, Assistant Treasurer, City of Miramar
Laura Garcia, Controller, City of Fort Lauderdale
Sherry Herring, Budget & Finance Officer, Gulf County Clerk of Court
Andrea Henley-Pratt, Chief Accountant, City of Winter Haven
Lori Hill, Treasurer, City of Holmes Beach
Alethea Johnson, Senior Accountant, City of Fort Lauderdale
Victoria Lewis, Accountant, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Shukriyyah Nelson, Accountant III, Leon County Clerk of Courts
John Ondrovic, Senior Financial Management & Budget Analyst, Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas Co.
J. Sean O'Neill, Senior Accountant, Lee County Mosquito/Hyacinth Control Districts
Rosalie Ola Ola, Assistant Finance Director, City of Coral Gables
Cristina Parrish, Accounting Manager, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Jeffrey Plaugher, Assistant Public Services Director, City of Apopka
Vincent Tenaglia, Director of Finance, City of Madeira Beach
David Vance, Lead Fiscal Analyst, City of Tampa
Patricia White, Accounting Manager, City of Boca Raton
Chelsie Wilson, Accountant II, City of Davie
Pamela Winston, Senior Accountant, City of Fort Lauderdale
Melinda Womack, Comptroller, City of Fort Walton Beach
Anne Wright, Director of Finance, City of Bonita Springs
Milo Zonka, Senior Director, Administration & Finance, Brevard County Property Appraiser

CGFO Webinars

CGFO Renewals

CPE Reporting

CGFO Policies & Procedures

Recertification Online Payment

Exam Reference Materials

CGFO Review Courses:

Tuesday, October 24
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Debt Administration
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Treasury Management

Wednesday, October 25
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Financial Administration
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Municipal Budgeting

Thursday, October 26
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Accounting & Financial Reporting

Exams will be held on Friday, October 27th at 8:00 a.m. 

You MUST be pre-approved and accepted into the program to take the exams.Please arrive 20-30 minutes early for check in. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed to enter the exam room.