Certificate Programs

Radford University's Governmental and Nonprofit Assistance Center (GNAC) offers two joint certificate programs. The joint Virginia Government Finance Officers / Radford University Certificate Program and a joint Treasurers' Association of Virginia / Radford University Governmental Accounting Certificate.  Click on the links to the left for more information on the programs.

GFOA Certificate Program

The Certified Public Finance Officers Program of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is a broad, educational self-study program designed to verify knowledge in the disciplines of government finance. The certification program is governed by the Council on Certification.

The GNAC working the GFOA, is responsible for updating the five national exams.  In addition, the GNAC coordinates testing sites and is responsible for registering all exam candidates.

To earn the designation of Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), candidates must:

  • Pass a series of five examinations covering the major disciplines of public finance.
  • Successfully complete the program within seven years.

Once earned, the CPFO designation is maintained by participating in 30 hours of continuing professional education each year.