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Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO)

The Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) is an 11-course fee-based program that includes an exam at the end of each course. Courses are offered in a sequence beginning with the "Government Environment." Courses are offered approximately every month in several locations across the state. Each course is a day-long event beginning at 8:00 AM. This program can be completed in one calendar year.

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2020 Schedule for the CMFO Program
CMFO Fact Sheet
CMFO Testing Rules
Test Taking Tips for CMFO Program

Please review the Policies and Procedures for the CMFO Program before registering.

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The Municipal Finance Officer Certification and Education Act of 2007 (Act), as passed by the Tennessee General Assembly, requires each municipality to have in its employ a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) by a specified date.

The legislation also provided an alternative for cities with gross annual revenues of $500,000 or less and $500,000 or less in outstanding debt. These cities are given the option to have an employee complete 24 hours of qualifying continuing education each year. These cities may also elect to send an employee through the CMFO program.


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Emily Godwin, Municipal Finance Training Specialist, (615) 532-4950
Michelle Buckner, Administrative Specialist II, (865) 974-9851


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