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Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO)

The Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) is a 10-course fee-based program that includes an exam at the end of each course.
Courses are offered every month except for June and December. This program can be completed in one calendar year.

Have an interest in the CMFO program? 

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

2021 Schedule for the CMFO Program

To register for upcoming CMFO classes go to Training / Calendar (top right of 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 an get an account - select Training / Register for Training

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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 24 hours of qualifying continuing education each year. These cities may also elect to send an employee through the CMFO program.


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Chris Shults, Grants and Training Specialist 
(865) 974-8964
Michelle Buckner, Administrative Specialist II, (865) 974-9851


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