The Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) is the profession’s most prestigious designation. Created by school business professionals, this certification proves your knowledge and professional competencies. Earning your SFO will launch your school business career to the next level, putting you among the profession’s elite workforce.

The SFO Candidate Handbook  has everything you need to know about certification.

This manual outlines the SFO certification program. The SFO Program conforms to well-established protocols and is consistent with testing industry guidelines and standards.  

Learn more about the steps you need to take toward certification.

Eligibility Requirements
Exam Information and Domains

Tools and resources for you to use and maintain your credential.

Using your SFO Credential
Recertification Guide
Retired Status

The ASBO International Professional Standards and Code of Ethics are based on a proactive collaboration of global best practices. The standards recognize that educational institutions may differ by region, but they share similar accountability for consistent, effective, and quality performance.

Review Policies & Procedures
Professional Standards and Code of Ethics

Find an SFO

Find an SFO near you or verify a candidate’s credentials. 

SFO Public Registry
ASBO Affiliates can request a list of all certificants in their state or province.

Please note that the directory is not all-inclusive as some individuals have opted out of this online search feature.


  Member Non-Member
Application and Exam Fee $550 $650
Retest $200 $200
3-Year Recertification Fee $300 $300

SFO application portion of the fee is non-refundable ($150 for members and $250 for non-members).

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Should your certification be suspended or withdrawn for any reason, you must immediately cease the use of the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations title and the use of the SFO designation.