What to Expect After Meeting All Certification Requirements

Once the candidate has met all the certification requirements, certification is awarded and the candidate becomes a certificant. The certificant can begin to use the earned credential as soon as his/her name shows on the ASMC website as one of our distinguished CDFM or CDFM-A certificants here.

ASMC will send the certificant an official designation letter to the email address showing in the certificant’s account in 2-4 weeks. Approximately 8-10 weeks after that, the wall certificate is sent, unless the individual has requested we hold the certificate until CDFM-A certification is achieved.

One lapel pin and one wall certificate is provided to each certificant at no cost.

Additional pins or wall certificates can be purchased here:

Purchase a CDFM or CDFM-A lapel pin

Purchase a replacement CDFM wall certificate

Purchase a replacement CDFM-A wall certificate

Custom Frame Your Certificate

ASMC has selected fine-quality gold embossed certificate frames from Framing Success exclusively for members at a specially discounted price. These premium yet affordable frames are custom made for your CDFM certificate and allow for easy insertion–there’s no need to send your valuable document.

Showcase your ASMC certificates and demonstrate your dedication to your profession. Framing Success frames are handcrafted of premium Italian hardwoods and feature museum-quality preservation matboards for True Conservation distinction.

The matboards are fade and bleed-resistant for Archival Plus protection of your certificate. Your certificate is a tangible expression of your commitment to professional excellence. Don’t miss this opportunity to increase the visibility of your hard-earned CDFM credential. Proudly display your ASMC certificates with the prestige they deserve. To order, go to the Framing Success website here or contact Framing Success customer service at fsinfo@framingsuccess.com or (800) 677-3726 M-F: 8:30am – 6pm.


Most employers have reimbursement programs available based on funding. For military, check with your local educational services office or career counselor. Government civilians may contact a career field manager. Corporate employees can check with their Finance Department for guidance. ASMC posts some reimbursement POC information here.


Every credible program of professional certification has a mechanism to ensure that certified members remain current. In many cases, this is the Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPE). One fifty-minute block of learning in a subject related to the financial management field yields one CPE unit. The CDFM Program sets forth the CPE requirements for maintaining certification as follows.

Once designated as a Certified Defense Financial Manager, whether CDFM or CDFM-A, each certificant must complete 80 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) every 24 months in order to maintain the certification. Of the 80 CPEs, 2 CPEs must be in an ethics-related topic, and at least 20 CPEs must be earned per year. CPE earned before certification was awarded cannot be applied to recertification requirements.

The recertification deadline is two years from the last day of the month the CDFM certification was awarded. For example, if certification was awarded March 17, 2021, then the recertification is due on March 31 of each following ODD numbered year. If certification is awarded September 1, 2020, then recertification is due on September 30 of each following EVEN numbered year.

CDFM certificants who later pass the Module 4 exam, earning the CDFM-A, continue with the same recertification anniversary date. No additional CPE requirements are incurred for CDFM-A certificants. The CPE requirements stated under the CDFM Program apply to all CDFM and CDFM-A certificate holders, regardless of employment status.

CPE requirements for the CDFM Program are not intended to add to the total requirement a certificate holder may have for another approved financial management certification. For example, if you are a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), the CPE you earn for maintaining your CPA can also be applied to CDFM recertification.

For more information about CDFM recertification, click here.