Finance Officer Certification Exams

Finance Officer Certification Exam Timetable Adjustments for 2020 and 2021

Faculty and staff have spent the last several months feverishly converting as many courses as possible to an online format.  In order to accommodate as many of the online offerings before the scheduled fall online exam offering, we are moving the exams to Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30.  Unfortunately, this will be before the offering of Introduction to Local Government Budgeting, which is offered in November, but this was the latest we could schedule these exams for this calendar year.  Beginning in 2021, we will no longer be offering the certification exams in January.  Thus, the next online exam offering after this October will be May 2021.  Please contact Gregory Allison or Rachel Mintel at the School of Government if you have any questions.


The North Carolina Government Finance Officers Association sponsors the NC Finance Officers' Certification Program. This program is designed to enhance the public finance profession in North Carolina.

To be eligible for certification, an individual must be a finance officer of a local government or public authority or an individual that holds a supervisory or professional position in a local government or public authority related to financial functions, such as internal audit, investments, budgeting, or accounting. Individuals must have:

  1. at least one year’s experience in North Carolina as a legally designated finance officer of a local government or public authority and at least one additional year of governmental financial management/responsibility, or
  2. at least two years’ experience in North Carolina local government finance and at least two additional years of governmental financial management/responsibility.

In addition, the program requires that at least four of the following programs are completed:

  1. Introduction to Local Government Finance
  2. Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting
  3. Budgeting and Financial Planning (two courses but counted collectively as one requirement)
    1. Budgeting in Local Government
    2. Capital Financing in Local Government
  4. Cash Management and Investment of Public Funds
  5. Effective Supervisory Management Program

There are four exams that must be successfully completed (i.e., pass with a grade of 70% or higher).  There are no waivers for the exams.  The four exams are as follows:

  1. Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting
  2. Cash Management and Investment of Public Funds
  3. Budgeting and Financial Planning
  4. Financial and Supervisory Management (tied to the Effective Supervisory Management Program)

The examinations are offered twice a year. Certification is valid for five years and can be renewed at the end of each subsequent five-year period through a point system. Examinations are held online via Sakai on the last consecutive Thursday and Friday of each May and September.

Registration for the exams is open for the three weeks prior to each the exam period. Test results will be emailed within three to four weeks following the exam period. Registrants will be notified when they have successfully passed all four exams and are eligible to apply for certification. Please review "Are You Certifiable 2.0?" linked on the bottom of this page for an in-depth review of the full certification process and eligibility requirements.

Additional information

  • May 27 - 28, 2021
There are no materials avaliable for this course at this time.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Rachel Mintel

Program Associate, Local and State Government Group
Teaching Professor; Secretary, School of Government Foundation Board of Directors