The purpose of the Certified Governmental Accounting Technician (CGAT) Program is to improve the professional, administrative and fiscal skills of candidates through a series of courses approved by the Government Finance Officers Association of Alabama (GFOAA) in the areas of General Ledger, Budgeting, Fund Accounting, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Billings, and Accounts Receivable.
This training is not exclusive to GFOAA members and is open to individuals interested in governmental accounting.
To be certified, a qualified participant must complete two core courses and two elective courses taken within two (2) years of beginning the program. Both core and elective course dates can be found on the registration page.
Continuing Education Requirements
Effective April 1, 2020: To maintain certification, CGAT certificate holders are required to complete 16 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) every 2 years. GFOAA offers the following conferences annually: GFOAA Annual Conference (16 hours CPE), the CGAT Summer Conference (6 hours of CPE), and the GFOAA Summer Conference (16 hours of CPE). Similar courses may be offered by other governmental accounting organizations, please verify credentialing with them directly with GFOAA. CGAT graduates are required to keep up with their own CE hours. CPE hours should be reported to GFOAA, Professional Development Committee, PO Box 240574, Montgomery, AL 36124-0574.