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OUSD(C) Accepts the CDFM™ as an Alternative to DFMCP Certification

In January 2021, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense released a Policy Memorandum announcing the CDFM as one of five professional certifications that can serve as an “Alternative Professional Certification” to any of the three DFMCP certification levels. This exception to policy means you can now “present and maintain” the CDFM to meet any of the three DFMCP certification levels—earning the CDFM gives you a transferable, test-based credential that can be used anywhere in Federal service or the private sector!

Value of CDFM™/CDFM-A™ Certification


  • OUSD(C) accepts actively-maintained CDFM or CDFM-A certification as an alternative to any level of DFMCP certification
  • The CDFM (to include the CDFM-A) is one of the DoD-approved professional certifications that the DoD Financial Management Certification Program “Recommends” at DFMC Level 2 and “Strongly Recommends” at DFMC Level 3
  • Certificants are listed on ASMC’s website registry
  • New certificants are listed in the Armed Forces Comptroller (AFC), ASMC’s quarterly journal
  • Marketable, recognized credential to prospective employers and clients
  • Shows growth and advancement within the profession
  • Pride at being a part of a prestigious organization that supports the profession
  • Earning a voluntary, professional certification indicates your level of initiative and distinguishes you from others in the field
  • A beautiful, high-quality wall certificate displays your accomplishment
  • Possible ASMC Chapter and/or on-the-job recognition
  • Enhances your career and reputation
  • Certification maintenance requirements necessitate your continuing professional development and ensure that you stay current with industry trends and changes