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.
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!
Steps to Certification
1. Meet Eligibility Requirements
Review the SFO Candidate Handbook
for details about certification and meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Master’s degree in a field related to school business + 2 years of experience.
- Bachelor’s degree in a field related to school business + 3 years of experience.
- 7 years as a school business official, based on approval of the seasoned practitioner provision.
2. Submit Your Application
- Complete the initial SFO application and submit application fee.
- Track your certification status.
- Save the authorization email that will arrive within 10 business days of submitting your exam application. You’ll need this email to schedule your exam. You must take the exam within five months of receiving your authorization email.
3. Take the Exam
- Prepare for the exam using these resources.
- Schedule your exam at a Pearson VUE SFO testing center using your SFO candidate ID number found in the authorization email.
- Take your exam on site at the 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, September 21–24, in Kissimmee, Florida. Follow the instructions in the SFO by September Challenge.
4. Maintain Your New Credential!
Meet the standards for recertification every three years.