Becoming a GFOA Certified Public Finance Officer – The Who, Why, and How?

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Time 10:00am
Delivery Method Webinar
Field of Study Finance - 1.2
NASBA CPE Earn 1.20 CPE Hours
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Event Description

This webinar will answer frequently asked questions about the Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) designation sponsored by the national GFOA in conjunction with Radford University.  The webinar will also discuss the benefits of participating in the program and explain the examination process, the eligibility requirements, and the five exams required by the program.

Several IGFOA members who have achieved the CPFO designation will share their experience and provide strategies and hints on how to successfully complete the program.  The webinar will review how IGFOA is planning to support and assist members in achieving the CPFO designation.

Learning Objectives: Participants completing this session will be able to:
1. Gain an understanding of the Certified Public Finance Officer designation, how the designation is achieved, and how it can benefit a career in government finance.
2. Learn from experienced CPFOs helpful strategies and hints on how to maximize efficiency in studying and taking the exams.
3. Learn how IGFOA plans to support and assist those members’ interested in pursuing the CPFO designation.

Moderator: Rachel Musiala, Village of Hoffman Estates
   Brian Bourdeau, Assistant Finance Director, Village of Vernon Hills
   Julie Ciesla, CPFO, Finance Director, Village of Itasca
   Kristin Kazenas, CPFO, Chief Financial Officer and Dir of Human Resources, Village of Hawthorn  Woods
   Patrice Sutton, Director of Finance, Village of Libertyville

Delivery method: Group Internet Based
Program Level: 
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required
Advanced Preparation: No advanced preparation required
Field of Study: Finance
Earn about 1.0 CPE Credits

Whether you are watching on your own or in a group setting, each individual must be registered - including those who may not intend to claim continuing professional education (CPE) credit.  CPE credit will only be given to the individual that is registered for the webinar.  To receive CPE credit, the registered individuals must attend each webinar in its entirety as tracked in the web participation report and complete at least 80% of the participation monitoring tools admininstered throughout the webinar.  Only registered and paid participants fulfilling these criteria will be issued Certificates of Attendance.  

IGFOA reserves the right to modify the agendas and/or speakers, cancel the trainings due to low enrollment, or to close registration if full.                

Registration & Cancellation Policy

Registrations are accepted on a first-in, first registered basis. If you are unable to attend, please contact IGFOA at 630-942-6587 or as soon as possible. 

IGFOA reserves the right to modify the agenda, cancel the event due to low enrollment, or to close registration if full.  Should IGFOA cancel an event, cancellation notice will be sent to the email address provided by each registrant and prominently posted at the IGFOA website page announcing the event. 

If you have any questions regarding this seminar, cancellations, complaints, or refunds, please contact the IGFOA at 630-942-6587 or

By submitting this registration, the applicant agrees to the registration and cancellation policy above.

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