CP11 - Comptroller Civilian Career Program


1. Professional Organizations

Professional organizations provide numerous education and training opportunities through their workshops, symposia and institutes and offer excellent opportunities for careerists to receive up-to-date training on current issues. Many of these organizations also have certification programs applicable to CP 11 careerists. Participation in activities of professional organizations and in their training, development and certification programs enhances the professionalism of the comptroller work force and prepares each careerist to meet present and future challenges.

2. Certification

Certification is an external formal process that formally recognizes professional workers for achieving expertise and excellence in their field and is a means to encourage employees to continue their education and hone their professional skills. Certification programs are primarily sponsored by states and by professional associations. Certification requirements typically consist of specific types of formal education and experience, character references, and passing of an examination. To maintain certification, there may also be a continuing education requirement.

Since certification provides recognition for achievement of professional excellence, it is highly encouraged that all careerists seek certification appropriate to their occupation.

3. Overview of Professional Organizations and Associations

The following lists many of the professional associations and types of certification programs available to the financial and resources management community. This is not an exhaustive list. Members of the CP 11 community are encouraged to participate in these, or similar professional associations, many of which offer professional certification and continuing professional education credits.

Some of the other national organizations that pertain to the CP 11 community include: Project Management Institute (PMI); the Performance Management Association (PMA); the International Society of Parametric Analysis (ISPA); and the National Management Association (NMA).

American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA)

The American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA) is a professional organization whose members comprise the entire range of financial management from the federal, state and local sectors. Additional information is available on their web site at http://www.aabpa.org

American Society of Public Administration (ASPA)

The American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) is a nationwide professional organization focused on public administration with a membership of practitioners, teachers and students. The Headquarters office is located in Washington D.C. (see below). There are many local chapters. Additional information is available on their web site at: http://www.aspanet.org.

American Society for Public Administration
1120 G Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) is part of the American Society of Public Administration and is dedicated to promoting wider recognition of the importance of budgeting and financial management in public policy and management decisions. Information about the ABFM is available at http://www.abfm.org/

American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC)

ASMC is the non-profit educational and professional organization for persons, military and civilian, involved in the overall field of military comptrollership. ASMC was established as the Society of Military Accountants and Statisticians in 1948 in San Antonio, TX, and was open only to active duty officers. Since then, ASMC has expanded to include all DoD and Coast Guard Financial Management personnel. In 1991 the national headquarters was opened in Alexandria, VA, and currently serves a growing professional society of 18,000 members. Military comptrollership is defined as the professions of financial management in the Department of Defense and Coast Guard. ASMC promotes the education and training of its members, and supports the development and advancement of the profession of military comptrollership. The society provides professional programs to keep members abreast of current issues and encourages the exchange of techniques and approaches.

ASMC is working with DoD on the Defense Financial Management Certification Program. The web site below is designed to provide you with easy access to general subject matter in areas which comprise the common body of knowledge that forms the basis for the Defense Financial Management Certification (DFMC) Program examination. It guides you to other web sites which contain major documents, manuals, regulatory guidance and existing interactive courses in these general subjects. It is intended to allow you to begin formulating a general study plan for the examination and to start building familiarity with areas of financial management where more knowledge or experience is needed. Additional information is available on their web site at http://www.asmconline.org/.

American Society for Quality (ASQ)

The ASQ, through its certification program, offers formal peer recognition that an individual has demonstrated proficiency within and a comprehension of a specified body of knowledge at a point in time. Five certifications are offered; two of potential interest to the CP 11 community -- Quality Auditor and Quality Technician Certification. For additional information, access their web site at: http://www.asq.org/.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The CPA designation is probably the best known and most prestigious recognition in the financial management field. CPA certificates are issued by all states to protect residents of those states. The certification process is designed to assess professional competence and includes adequate technical knowledge, the ability to apply such knowledge skillfully with good judgment, and an understanding of professional responsibility.

The CPA Uniform Examination is the standardized certification test designed to assess the knowledge and skills relevant to practicing CPAs. To take the examination, applicants must meet their state's requirements for education, experience, and knowledge. In most states, a 4-year degree in accounting is currently required, although some states currently require a 5th year.

The test, which spans 15 hours over 2 days, is administered in 54 jurisdictions (50 states and four U.S. territories) twice a year, on the first Wednesday and Thursday in May and the first Wednesday and Thursday in November. The examination consists of four sections: (1) Auditing; (2) Financial Accounting and Reporting; (3) Accounting and Reporting -- Taxation, Managerial, and Governmental; (4) Not-For-Profit Organizations, Business Law and Professional Responsibilities.

Application procedures, including deadline and fees, and work experience prerequisites vary by jurisdiction. Most states require candidates to submit complete application and educational documentation. Specific application information can be obtained from each state's Board of Accountancy or:

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
1211 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10036
Web site: http://www.aicpa.org/.

Association of Government Accountants

The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) is a professional association with individuals representing executive levels in federal, state and local government agencies and departments. Members include accountants, auditors, budget analyst, CP 11's, finance directors, and others. The Association offers educational programs and encourages professional development and certification.

The certification program sponsored by the AGA is the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) program. To qualify for certification, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and at least 24 credit hours of study in courses related to financial management. They must also have 6 years of experience in government financial management. Since 1997, CGFM candidates are required to pass a governmental professional management proficiency examination. The examination covers concepts and practices regarding the governmental environment, governmental accounting and budgeting, and governmental financial management and control, as well as additional subjects deemed appropriate by the Professional Certification Board.

Further information can be obtained from:

The Association of Government Accountants
2200 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone: (703) 684-6931
Web site: http://www.agacgfm.org/homepage.aspx

Blacks in Government (BIG)

BIG functions as a knowledgeable, problem-identifying and solving organization for Black civil servants. It is dedicated to: (1) establishing and operating socio-economic, political, and cultural programs which enhance the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness for Blacks; (2) eradicating all vestiges of unlawful treatment towards Blacks; (3) eliminating institutionalized racism which oppresses Blacks and violates barriers to full and equal citizenship for Blacks; (4) encouraging pride and motivation in Blacks so as to promote achievement of full potential and recognition of societal contributions; (5) sponsoring a national effort to promote the well-being, education, and professional development of Blacks; (6) acting as advocate for equal employment opportunities and conditions which affect Blacks. This shall include, but not be limited to, those administrative and personnel selections, recruitments, placements, promotions, upward mobility, and other similar areas. BIG conducts numerous professional development and training workshops.

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

The Certified Fraud Examiner Program is an accrediting process for individuals with the specialized skills necessary to detect, investigate, and deter fraud. To become a CFE, candidates must meet certain minimum standards for education and experience and pass the uniform CFE examination.

The uniform examination is administered entirely on computer and is designed to test candidates' knowledge in the following areas: Financial transactions; Investigation; Legal elements of fraud; Criminology and ethics. Further information about the CFE program can be obtained by calling (800) 245-3321 or Association for Certified Fraud Examiners web site at: http://www.cfenet.com/.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Program is sponsored by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Requirements for certification include successful completion of the CISA examination and information systems auditing, internal control or security experience. The examination covers the following areas: Information systems audit standards and practices and information systems security and control practices; Information systems organization and management; Information systems process; Information systems integrity, confidentiality and availability; Information systems development, acquisition, and maintenance. Additional information can be obtained from:

Information Systems Audit and Control Association
135 S. LaSalle, Dept. 1055
Chicago, IL 60674-1055
Web site: http://www.isaca.org/

Federally Employed Women, Inc. (FEW)

FEW is a private non-profit organization working as a constructive pressure group to improve the status of women employed by the Federal government and by the District of Columbia government. As a private organization, FEW works as a constructive pressure group to improve the status of women employed by the Federal government. This includes contact with Congress to encourage progressive legislation. FEW national officers meet with management officials at all levels of agencies to demonstrate support of the FWP, encourage officials to support the program and to obtain insight on the effectiveness of the FWP at agency and local levels. FEW offers numerous professional development workshops and seminars.

Institute of Internal Auditors and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

The CIA program, sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors, provides the base from which internal auditors can seek professional recognition and career direction. Certification requirements include education, experience, ethics, and an examination. The certification examination has four parts: internal audit process, internal audit skills; management control and information technology and the audit environment.

The education requirement is a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and 24 months of internal auditing experience. Additional information can be obtained from:

The Institute of Internal Auditors
249 Maitland Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701-4201
Phone: (407) 830-7600
Web site: http://www.theiia.org/

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) administers the CMA program. To become a CMA, candidates must meet specific experience requirements and pass an examination that consists of four parts and is administered nationwide. The four parts of the examination are: (1) Economics, finance, and management; (2) Financial accounting and reporting; (3) Management reporting, analysis, and behavioral issues; and (4) Decision analysis and information systems. Additional information can be obtained from:

Institute of Certified Management Accountants
10 Paragon Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-1759
Phone: (800) 638-4427, (201) 573-9000
Web site: http://www.imanet.org

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)

NAAAP is committed to the advancement of professionalism of Asian Americans, the promotion of the Asian American community and its multi-cultural heritage, and the enrichment of American society. NAAAP serves to build business and social contacts through networking opportunities. Additional information can be obtained at:

P.O. Box 381435
Cambridge, MA 02238-1435
Web site: http://www.naaap.org

Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)

The purpose of the Native American Finance Officers Association is to provide a professional organization dedicated to the improvement and quality of financial and business management of Native American governments and businesses which will strengthen Tribal sovereignty through sound financial management. Additional information can be obtained at:

P.O. Box 12743
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54703
Telephone: (920) 490-3510
Fax: (920) 490-3600

National Association of Hispanic Federal Employees (NAHFE)

NAHFE Partnership Agreements provide for a proactive, mutually cooperative and supportive framework between NAHFE and the departments involved. Each agreement addresses NAHFE's mission as well as the particular needs of each department. The fundamental motivation: develop strategies that address the recruitment, training development, promotion and retention of Hispanic Americans consistent with the objectives of the Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program (FEORP) and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (Executive Order 12900). NAHFE promotes career opportunities for qualified Hispanics in the Federal GS/GM-13/15 grade levels and in the Senior Executive Service policy-making positions. NAHFE conducts periodic training and professional development workshops.

Project Management Institute (PMI)

The PMI sponsors a Project Management Professional Certification Program. Information concerning certification options is available at the PMI web site: http://www.pmi.org/.

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