SFO Certificants

Find an SFO

School business officials, search the SFO Public Registry to find a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) 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

Keeping your credential active requires annual renewal (yearly) and recertification (every third year).

Annual Renewal

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. 

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Should your certification be suspended or withdrawn for any reason, you must immediately cease the use of the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations title and the use of the SFO designation.