The most recent version of the EDFMTC (Modules 1-3) textbook is the 2018 edition. The most recent version of the Module 4 textbook was published March 2011; an update is underway.
ASMC textbooks can be purchased here.
The EDFMTC (Modules 1-3) textbook is $110 for members or $120 for non-members. The Module 4 Acquisition textbook is
$75 for members or $85 for non-members.
ASMC does not require textbook purchase to sit for the CDFM exams; however, feedback from candidates shows that
many find the information in the textbooks to be very helpful in preparing to take the exams.
Information about taking the Module 4 Acquisition Business Management course can be found here.
ASMC offers the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course (EDFMTC), which covers the knowledge areas of CDFM Exam Modules 1, 2, and 3; the Module 4 Acquisition Business Management Course; three fiscal law courses (Certifying Officials; Purpose; and Purpose, Time and Amount); and CDFM Module 1, 2, and 3 Refresher Courses that focus on one module at a time. Please note that these classes are not intended as a sole source of preparation for testing.
Information about the EDFMTC, as well as the Module 4, fiscal law, and Refresher courses can be found here.
Attending ASMC training is not required to sit for the CDFM exams; however, feedback from CDFM candidates shows that many find the courses to be very helpful in preparing to take the exams.
Each CDFM exam is $99 regardless of membership status and testing platform (computer-based, paper, etc.).
You can view available Pearson VUE testing centers by visiting pearsonvue.com/asmc. Click on “Find a test center” on the right side of the screen. There are Pearson VUE testing locations on military bases and Pearson VUE Professional Centers (PPCs) off military bases. If you choose an on-base testing location, it is your responsibility to ensure you have authorized access to a military base.
After purchasing a Pearson VUE exam, you should receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email within 24-48 hours of the
purchase that includes the information needed to schedule your exam. If you do not receive the ATT email within 48 hours
of exam purchase, please contact ASMC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 549-0360 for assistance.
If you are scheduled for a Pearson VUE exam, you can log into your Pearson VUE account (24/7) at www.pearsonvue.com/asmc or call Pearson VUE (888-572-2276, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm central) to cancel or reschedule your exam appointment with no penalty up to 4 business days before your appointment (not including the testing day). A $50 fee will be charged to cancel or reschedule an exam appointment 3 business days to 24 hours before the testing appointment. Exam fees are forfeited for testing appointments cancelled or rescheduled less than 24 hours before the testing appointment without ASMC approval (only documented emergency situations qualify).
Each exam costs $99 to the candidate, including retake exams.
There are enforced waiting periods for retaking the CDFM exams: 14 days for a first retake and 28 days for any additional
retakes of the same module.
Once you have passed your exams and submitted your Verification of Financial Management Experience (VFME) Form,
nothing more is needed. A congratulatory designation letter will be mailed to the address in your ASMC account within 2-
3 weeks, and CDFM candidates will receive their wall certificate in 8-10 weeks.
ASMC administers CDFM exams at the headquarters office in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Please write
email@example.com or call (703) 549-0360 to request information and available testing dates.
In order to set up a Special Arrangement computer-based exam or paper exam, contact the ASMC Certification
Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
Yes, active enrollment in the CDFM Program is required to sit for an exam.
You are not required to be an ASMC member in order to test; however, ASMC members enjoy benefits such as reduced
CDFM textbook and enrollment fees (CDFM enrollment is required in order to test). More information on ASMC member
benefits can be found on the ASMC website at here.
First-time enrollment is $40 for members or $75 for non-members. Enrollment extensions are $75 for members or $85 for
Each CDFM enrollment–whether it is first-time enrollment or an extension–gives you 2 years of eligibility to test.
If you need more than 2 years to complete the certification process, you will need to extend your enrollment an additional
A 2-year CDFM enrollment extension costs $75 for members or $85 for non-members.
You can locate your CDFM enrollment expiration date by logging in to your ASMC account and clicking on “Update
Profile”. Look at the “Enrollment Expires” field.
Only those who have enrolled in the CDFM Program are assigned a Candidate ID. After enrolled candidates purchase a CDFM exam on the ASMC website, they will receive an Authorization to Test email in 24-48 hours that includes their Candidate ID number.
You can locate your recertification deadline by logging in to your ASMC account and clicking on “Update Profile.” You will
find it in the “CDFM Expires” field.
To keep your CDFM or CDFM-A certification active, pay the recertification fee ($25 for members or $45 for non-members)
and complete 80 CPEs by your recertification deadline. The 80 CPEs must include 2 CPEs in an ethics-related topic, and at
least 20 CPEs must be earned per year.
You can recertify your CDFM by logging on to your ASMC account and clicking on “Recertify CDFM”.
If you do not recertify by your recertification deadline, your certification goes into Suspended status, your name is
removed from the ASMC website, and a $50 late fee is applied. After 90 days in Suspended status, your certification goes
A 90-day recertification extension is available for those who need additional time, but it must be requested BEFORE your
Your inactive certification can be reinstated once you submit proof of earning 80 CPEs since the start date of the lapsed certification cycle and pay one Recertification Fee plus a $100 Reactivation Fee.
If events beyond your control, such as a deployment or a medical situation, interfered with your ability to recertify on time, some reactivation requirements may be waived. If this is the case, please email email@example.com and provide a description and documentation of the situation and specify which requirements you are requesting to be waived.
If you are a CDFM candidate and all the requirements have been met, a wall certificate will be issued within 8-10 weeks of
certification being awarded. If you are a CDFM-A candidate, you will receive a CDFM designation letter 2-3 weeks after
certification is awarded, but ASMC will hold your wall certificate until after you pass the Module 4 exam.
For security reasons, CDFM certificant name changes cannot be made online. Certificants who have had a legal name change must submit a copy of the original documentation (e.g., marriage license, divorce or name change decree) to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (703) 549-3181 to the attention of the Certification Department. After your name has been updated in your ASMC account, you can order a replacement wall certificate here.
The requirements for earning the CDFM with Acquisition Specialty (CDFM-A) certification are to earn the CDFM certification and pass the CDFM Module 4 exam.
Anyone who meets the experience, education, and testing requirements can earn the CDFM certification, regardless of employment status.
The VFME form can be downloaded here.
Candidates with an associate degree or higher need 2 years of defense-related financial management or 4 years of Federal Government-related financial management. Candidates whose highest level of formal education is a high school diploma or equivalent need 3 years of defense-related financial management.
In order to earn Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) certification, a candidate must enroll in the CDFM Program; pass CDFM Modules 1, 2, and 3; have at least a high school diploma (or equivalent); and submit a qualifying Verification of Financial Management Experience (VFME) form.
Any course or training related to defense financial management or that assists you in your role as a defense financial
manager can be used for CPEs in CDFM recertification. Any credits earned toward the DoD FM Certification Program
during your CDFM certification cycle qualify for CDFM recertification. For more information, visit the CDFM
Recertification Policy document on the CDFM Policy page here.
It is not necessary to submit CPEs when recertifying; however, a small percentage of recertifications are randomly selected for CPE audit, so we recommend that you keep an electronic copy of your CPEs on hand. ASMC will contact you and request your CPE records if you are chosen for audit.
All candidates should become thoroughly familiar with the information in the CDFM Candidate Handbook, which can be obtained here. The Handbook contains exam blueprints and other information that is critical when preparing for the exams. Additionally, review our “Prepare for the Examinations” page for more information. We do not have practice questions at this time.
Currently, the most comprehensive study resource for preparing for the Module 1-3 exams is the textbook used in our Enhanced Defense Financial Training Courses (EDFMTCs) and CDFM Refresher Courses. The EDFMTC textbook can be purchased for self study here.
The textbook used in the Module 4 Acquisition Business Management Course can be purchased here.