The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
 
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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Earning Your SFO

The SFO exam has been updated based on a nationwide job analysis of school business job functions. Along with the new exam, exciting changes are coming that will simplify the certification application and renewal processes: 1) applicants will take one exam instead of two and 2) there will no longer be annual renewal requirements—all SFOs will only be required to recertify every three years to maintain their designation. The new exam and process will be instated February 1, 2018. Interested candidates have until January 31, 2018, to become certified under the current process. Learn more here.

Certification Is Within Your Reach

Ready to prove your skills, experience, and knowledge with the profession’s most prestigious designation? Start your path to the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) certification today!

 
 
 

Download the SFO Candidate Handbook for details.



How to Earn Your SFO

 

Submit Your Application

Visit My SFO® Manager to create your username and password.

  • Complete the initial SFO application and submit application fee.
  • Track your certification status.

Meet Eligibility Requirements

Exam Part 1:
Accounting
Exam Part 2:
School Business Management
  • No education requirements.
  • No experience requirements.
  • Master’s degree in a field related to school business + 2 years of experience
OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to school business + 3 years of experience.
OR

Pass Two Exams

  • Complete the initial SFO application located on My SFO® Manager.
  • Complete Exam Part 1 and Exam Part 2 applications and receive exam authorization.
  • Schedule, take, and pass the exams.

Visit the Exams page for scheduling and content information.

Fees

  ASBO International Member Non-Member
Application Fee $150 $225
Exam Part 1: Accounting $195 $195
Exam Part 2: School Business Management $295 $295
Annual Renewal Fee $125 $125


SFO Application and Exam Fees are Non-Refundable.

SFO Exam Administration Updates

The SFO exam has been updated based on a nationwide job analysis of school business job functions. Along with the new exam, exciting changes are coming that will simplify the certification application and renewal processes: 1) applicants will take one exam instead of two and 2) there will no longer be annual renewal requirements—all SFOs will only be required to recertify every three years to maintain their designation. The new exam and process will be instated February 1, 2018. Interested candidates have until January 31, 2018, to become certified under the current process.

View the SFO® Exam Blueprint and Competency Checklist to learn more about the updates.

FAQs About the New Exam and Process

Why was the SFO Exam updated?
What is the benefit of a job analysis?
How does this impact the school administration profession?
Are all certification programs developed the same way?
Will exam eligibility requirements change?
Will one exam mean that the exam content is less rigorous?
Is attaining and maintaining the certification more expensive?
I am already approved to test under the old system and still within my 1-year eligibility to test. How do I transition?