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Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO)

The Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) is a 11-course fee-based program that includes an exam at the end of each course. Courses are offered every month except for June. This program can be completed in one calendar year.

CMFO Testing

All tests both online and in-person must be taken by December 20, 2023. The testing cutoff date is necessary to ensure all grades and records are finalized before the end of the calendar year.

Additionally, all online testing will be suspended as of December 20th until further notice pending installation of new software. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause next year. Test-outs and retests are still available in-person and may be scheduled with the appropriate MTAS office.

If you would like to test in person, please select the desired location: or If you would like to retest in Nashville, please contact for a list of upcoming test dates and times.

Have an interest in the CMFO program?

If you would like additional information about the program please complete this interest form.

To register for upcoming CMFO classes go to Training / Calendar (top right of the webpage)  and click on an upcoming course.  

If you do not have an account in our system K@TE, it will ask you to sign up. 

If you just want to register and get an account - select Training / Register for Training


The Municipal Finance Officer Certification and Education Act of 2007 (Act), as passed by the Tennessee General Assembly, requires each municipality to have in its employ a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) by a specified date.

The legislation also provided an alternative for cities with gross annual revenues of $500,000 or less and $500,000 or less in outstanding debt. These cities are given the option to have an employee complete 16 hours of qualifying continuing education each year. These cities may also elect to send an employee through the CMFO program.


Additional Information

Contact Us

Kari Bates, Municipal Finance Training Specialist,
(865) 974-4765
Michelle Buckner, Administrative Specialist, (865) 974-9851


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