The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®)

®When your community and stakeholders depend on you to make the best decisions, being a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) proves that you have the expertise and experience to face challenges with confidence and choose what’s best for your district.

SFO makes you a school business hero. Watch to find out how.

What Is the SFO?

No matter where you are in your school business career, this comprehensive certification program recognizes you as a professional with a uniquely versatile skillset. The SFO’s rigorously developed credentialing process identifies and proves your qualities in the primary fields of school business.

The SFO Is Valid in 13,800+ School Districts

Let your district know it’s in the hands of a school finance and operations expert.

SFOs Represent 43+ States and Provinces
Join the growing network of school business heroes in the United States and Canada who empower the profession.

Reflects Excellence in Every School Business Field
Earn the one designation that proves you’re an expert in the many fields of school business.

Search the SFO Public Registry.


Benefits of SFO

Increase Your Marketability

Show your professional expertise goes beyond the borders of your district with a credential that’s nationally recognized in the United States and Canada.

Achieve a Professional Goal

Confidence in your ability determines the quality of your output. Earning the SFO gives you the assurance you need to lead at your highest level.

Gain Stakeholders’ Trust

Employers want their communities to know funds are handled with transparency and discernment—that’s why they rely on SFOs, who have proven skills and integrity. 

Earning Your SFO


Learn more about earning your SFO.

Questions? Email us or call 866.682.2729 x7069.

ASBO International's certification program is governed by the Certification Commission, a semi-independent certifying body of the Association of School Business Officials International. In adherence to best practices for certifying bodies, Certification Commission volunteers and certification staff are not involved in the development of any preparatory program, and no preparatory program is endorsed by the Certification Commission nor is a prerequisite to earn the certification. The Certification Commission and its staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of the certification program, including application procedures and qualification requirements.

Horace Mann

The Horace Mann Companies are proud to sponsor the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) certification as part of their commitment to supporting the profession of school business.