ASBO International Materials

SFO Candidate Handbook provides details about the application process, test day procedures, special circumstances, and other important information about SFO certification.
SFO Policy and Procedure Manual outlines the governance, procedures, and code of conduct for SFO certification.

SFO Exam Application Guide reviews the SFO certification program, eligibility requirements, exam application steps, and other additional information.

Additional Resources

Guide to Studying for the Examinations, written by Janice DeMeuse, SFO, and Debbie Fry, SFO, provides valuable information for exam preparation as well as sample test questions.

Review practice questions for the SFO Exam Part 1:  Accounting.
Review practice questions for the SFO Exam Part 2: School Business Management.

Authoritative Reference List

ASBO International’s Certification Commission provides a general guide for references and publications to use as a study aid in preparation for the SFO exam. The list is not an endorsement of the specific references, nor are the test questions necessarily taken from the sources listed. The Certification Commission will review and update the list on an on-going basis.

Standards of Excellence in Budget Presentation, Association of School Business Officials International. Reston, VA:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

Financial and Managerial Accounting for School Administrators: Superintendents, School Business Administrators, and Principals, Fourth Edition, Ronald E. Everett, Raymond L. Lows, and Donald Johnson. Reston, VA: Association of School Business Officials International, 2003.

Planning Educational Facilities: What Educators Need to Know, Third Edition, Glen I. Earthman. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.

School District Budgeting, Second Edition, William T. Hartman. Lanham, MD: ScarecrowEd, 2003.

Ethics for School Business Officials, William T. Hartman and Jacqueline A. Stefkovich. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

Planning Guide for Maintaining School Facilities, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Forum on Education Statistics, NCES 2003-347, prepared by T. Szuba, R. Young, and the School Facilities Maintenance Task Force, Washington, D.C., 2003.