What Is the CDFM/CDFM-A and Who Should Pursue It?
The CDFM is a test-based certification for financial management professionals who are civilian or military members of the Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, or employees of defense contractors and suppliers.
Earning and maintaining the CDFM credential requires meeting education and experience criteria, passing three multiple-choice exams, and recertifying every two years.
The certification exams cover three primary areas as defined by the CDFM Competency Model:
- Resource Management Environment
- Budget and Cost Analysis
- Accounting and Finance
Individuals who meet all of the requirements earn the right to display the CDFM designation after their names. CDFMs who also pass the Module 4 exam, which tests defense acquisition competencies, earn the CDFM-A: CDFM with Acquisition Specialty.
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Benefits of CDFM Certification
CDFM vs DFMCP
CDFM for Career Progression
Funding and Reimbursement
The Certified Defense Financial Manager certification program turned 20 in 2020! We congratulate and celebrate those who have earned a CDFM or CDFM-A. They have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in defense financial management and joined an elite group of highly qualified professionals.
The CDFM is the Sign of Distinction in Defense Financial Management!
CDFM Program Background
The CDFM is a professional, assessment-based certification originally developed by ASMC in partnership with the Department of Defense and the Chauncey Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Educational Testing Service. The CDFM exams went live in the year 2000. The CDFM Program is governed by the ASMC Certification Commission, and the ASMC Certification Department runs the day-to-day operations.
ASMC is proud to be a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence in show of our support of the credentialing community and our commitment to strive for excellence in our CDFM certification program.
View Active CDFMs
ASMC provides a list of all currently active and Certified Retired CDFMs and CDFM-As here.
Most employers offer funding for pursuit of a professional certification. Some resources for seeking funding can be found here.