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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Earning Your SFO

Certification Is Within Your Reach

Ready to prove your skills, experience, and knowledge with the profession’s most prestigious designation? Start your path to the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) certification today! See why other school business officials find the SFO so valuable.

Steps to Certification

1.  Meet Eligibility Requirements

Review the SFO Candidate Handbook for details about certification and meet at least one of the following requirements: 
  • Master’s degree in a field related to school business + 2 years of experience.
  • OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to school business + 3 years of experience.
  • OR
  • Completion of an ASBO affiliate workshop that covers the SFO Exam Competencies + 3 years of experience.
  • OR
  • 7 years as a school business official, based on approval of the seasoned practitioner provision.

2.  Submit Your Application

Visit My SFO Manager to create your username and password.
  • Complete the initial SFO application and submit application fee.
  • Track your certification status.
  • Save the authorization email that will arrive within 10 business days of submitting your exam application. You’ll need this email to schedule your exam. You must take the exam within five months of receiving your authorization email.

3.  Take the Exam

  • Prepare for the exam using these resources.
  • Schedule your exam at a Pearson VUE SFO testing center using your SFO candidate ID number found in the authorization email.
  • OR
  • Take your exam on site at the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, October 25–28, in National Harbor, Maryland. Contact by July 26, 2019 to make arrangements for SFO on Site.

4.  Maintain Your New Credential!

Meet the standards for recertification every three years.


  ASBO International Member Non-Member
Application and Exam Fee $550 $650
Retest $200 $200
3-Year Recertification Fee $300 $300

SFO application portion of the fee is non-refundable ($150 for members and $250 for non-members)

View the SFO Policies and Procedures.