The most important aspect of this program is the extensive program of professional training and development that is offered in each of the five subject areas.
Major textbooks, reprints of selected professional and academic journal articles, and a required and recommended bibliography are included in each study program. A glossary of terms and definitions is also included.
The program is designed to allow an individual to complete two or more study programs over a 4 to 6-month period, by devoting 2 to 3 hours weekly to each module.
Candidates may elect to participate in only one study program at a time, which allows a more leisurely pace of study, although it may delay the candidate’s attainment of CGFO status.
Many of the materials used in the self-study program are standard publications available in the offices and libraries of participating governments.
Books and Publications: Persons in the self-study program may order both required and recommended readings referenced in the study guide from GFOA of the United States and Canada.