|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.
Find an SFO
School business officials, search the SFO Public Registry
to find a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations®
) near you!
Employers, use the SFO Public Registry
to find a certified school business official who has the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to fill your school finance position.
Using Your SFO Credential
Once you’ve earned your SFO, let others know about your expertise!
Follow this format to list your credential after your name:
Your name, Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations, or
Your name, SFO
Don’t forget to include your credential on email signatures, business cards, resumes, and LinkedIn!
Maintaining Your SFO Credential
Through January 31, 2018, keeping your credential active requires annual renewal (yearly) and recertification (every third year). Beginning February 1, 2018, please refer to this Recertification Guide that correlates with the revised SFO application and recertification process.
To renew your certification, submit an annual renewal fee of $125 via My SFO® Manager
and maintain compliance with the SFO Policies and Procedures
Your certification is valid for three years, at which time you must apply for recertification by
- Obtaining and maintaining documentation of 45 SFO contact hours over the three-year recertification cycle (one contact hour equals 50 minutes of content; a candidate can count one year of experience on the job as 3 contact hours).
- Submitting your contact hour documentation along with your annual renewal fee via My SFO® Manager.
Refer to the Candidate Handbook
for detailed information about structured and unstructured contact hours.
All current SFOs whose certification expires between now and December 31, 2017, will have an automatic extension to January 31, 2018. This will allow them to recertify via the current system.
Suspension or Revocation Should your certification be suspended or withdrawn for any reason, you must immediately cease the use of the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations title and the use of the SFO designation.