Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

The Association of Government Accountants is a professional association that serves government accountability professionals by providing quality education, fostering professional development and certification, and working in the public interest for higher standards of government accountability and transparency.

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Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designation

AGA’s CGFM Program was designed specifically to help meet the critical need for greatly increased emphasis on the professional qualifications and stature of government financial managers. This professional designation recognizes the unique skills and special knowledge required of professionals who specialize in government financial management.

Special Promotion: use “CGFM_retake” promo code to take $20 off your exam fee(s) when you schedule any CGFM Examination retake(s) for a date in July or August 2014.

CGFM Program application

Prior to being able to register with Pearson VUE and schedule your testing appointment at a Pearson VUE test center, CGFM candidates must have already applied and been accepted into the CGFM Program by AGA. Accepted candidates receive an eligibility letter from AGA, containing their candidate ID number.

AGA’s website (CGFM Certification: Certification Process) contains information on application requirements and procedures. All application questions should be directed to AGA’s Office of Professional Certification at 800.AGA.7211 or

CGFM Examinations

There are three CGFM Examinations administered at Pearson VUE test centers:

  • Governmental Environment
  • Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting
  • Governmental Financial Management and Control

AGA’s website (CGFM Certification: Examinations Requirement) contains information on examinations content.

CGFM Examinations scheduling and testing

If you have already received an eligibility letter from AGA for the CGFM Program, you can register with Pearson VUE and schedule a testing appointment at a Pearson VUE test center by selecting one of the two options below:

  • Schedule Test Online
  • Schedule Test Over the Phone

Appointments at Pearson VUE test centers may be made up to one business day in advance. It is recommended that the candidates review AGA’s Examination Procedures prior to scheduling their testing appointment.

CANCELATION PROCEDURES: If you wish to cancel or reschedule your testing appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE at 888-846-6948 or by logging into your account and changing your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your originally scheduled testing appointment date and time. Canceling or rescheduling an exam within 24 hours of appointment time is subject to a same-day forfeit exam fee. Exam fees are due for no-shows. If you need to cancel your testing appointment for an emergency reason (such as a medical emergency, death in the immediate family or car accident) within the 24-hour timeframe, you must contact Pearson VUE representative Barbara Hoffman at or (952) 681-3485 within 24 hours before or after your appointment time in order to request a waiver of the no-show fee.

Pearson experience

If this is your first experience at a Pearson VUE test center, you can download the tutorial that will familiarize you with the Pearson VUE testing experience:

You can also take an online tour of a Pearson Professional Testing Center:

Last updated 2014-06-18