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The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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Earning Your SFO

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! See why other school business officials find the SFO so valuable.

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.
  • OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to school business + 3 years of experience.
  • OR
  • Completion of an ASBO affiliate workshop that covers the SFO Exam Competencies + 3 years of experience.
  • OR
  • 7 years as a school business official, based on approval of the seasoned practitioner provision.

2.  Submit Your Application

If you do not have an SFO account, visit SFO Access (Prolydian) to create your username and password and follow the instructions below. If you have an existing account:

  • Visit SFO Access (Prolydian)
  • Go to “Log in” top right of page
  • Use the Application forms section to select your form and submit payment
  • Look for an authorization email to arrive within 2 business days of submitting your SFO application

Make sure is an allowed sender for your email provider!

3.  Schedule an SFO Remote Proctored Exam

To schedule an exam:

  • Log into your SFO Access (Prolydian) account
  • Choose the "Schedule" button on your Exams dashboard to select an exam date and time
  • Wait for an appointment confirmation email listing your test date, testing time and instructions for setting up your Examity profile (You must set up your Examity profile before taking the SFO exam!)
  • Contact if you encounter problems scheduling your exam or if you need to modify your Prolydian or Examity account profile name to match your Photo ID

Learn more by viewing this brief video on Scheduling Your Remote Proctored Exam.
Also view this Taking Your Exam video for a virtual experience on what to expect on your exam day.

Please Note!
You may cancel or reschedule up to 48 hours before your appointment at no cost. If, however, you cancel your appointment with less than 48 hours notice, or if you miss your appointment, show up late or provide inadequate identification, you will not be able to make a new appointment without paying an additional testing fee. Prolydian will send you a confirmation email each time you reschedule or cancel an appointment.

Prepare for the exam using these resources.

4.  Maintain Your New Credential!

Meet the standards for recertification every three years.


  ASBO International 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)

View the SFO Policies and Procedures.