Minnesota Government Finance Officers Association

Promoting excellence and leadership in the government finance profession

Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) Program

Dates: Continuous (Scholarship Application period April/May)

GFOA's Certified Public Finance Officers (CPFO) program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership positions in state and local governments by enhancing fundamental skills and increasing knowledge of best practices and standards in public finance. Individuals will be equipped to participate in decision-making efforts related to their government and community and lead projects and professionals in a substantive and significant manner.

The CPFO program supports the core beliefs of GFOA, including ethics, leadership and competencies in various finance matters and recognize members who have made the commitment to both obtain necessary knowledge and skills and remain current with industry best practices. The program encourages ongoing participation in and knowledge of GFOA’s resources including best practices, publications, training, conferences, member networking groups, and partnerships with other organizations to prepare members to better serve their governments and communities.

The National GFOA will award up to two enrollment scholarships (awarded through the MNGFOA) and the MNGFOA provides an additional scholarship.  The scholarship covers the $1,200 enrollment fee for two years or participation in the program, which is the anticipated timeline to pass all the exams.  A current and paid GFOA membership is required.

For more information on the CPFO program including the candidate guide, please visit:


Applications are accepted from April 1st through May 31st of each year.  Scholarships will be awarded before June 30th.  GFOA staff will set the awardees up in the program and provide an orientation.
Attached Document or FileCPFO Scholarship Form CPFO Scholarship Form