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Additionally, in order to become a CPFO, a candidate is required to have worked for a government at least three years in the last 10 years.
The GNAC had a record of working with the Virginia Government Finance Officers' Association to create a joint training program modeled after the material covered by the CPFO program.
An objective of the alliance between GFOA and the GNAC is to enhance the service levels for current participants in the CPFO program.
John Eldridge, finance director for the town of Brunswick, Maine, was one of the first finance officers to complete the program and become certified as a CPFO. He has served on the council since 2002.
The CPFO designation is the mark of excellence in government finance.
Vivian McGettigan, MBA, CPA, CPFO, began her career in public accounting in Washington, D.C., after having received her undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA from The George Washington University.
Many of the respondents indicated that earning the CPFO designation advanced their careers and enhanced their knowledge and skills.
The next scheduled examination date for the CPFO program is June 11 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with GFOA's annual conference.
Applying what I learned as a CPFO candidate definitely helped me with preparing the City of Webster Groves' CAFR, which has earned a certificate from the GFOA's CAFR Program for a number of years.
When the CPFO program was introduced in 1997, Jeffrey Esser, Executive Director of GFOA, said, "For the first time, a finance professional anywhere in the United States will be able to objectively demonstrate his or her knowledge of government finance.