Certified Governmental Accounting Technician (CGAT)

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 GFOAA in the areas of General Ledger, Budgeting, Fund Accounting, Purchasing/Accounts Payable, Payroll and Billings/Accounts Receivable.


Qualifying for the CGAT Program

To participate in the CGAT Program, a qualified candidate must meeting the following conditions:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have an interest in governmental accounting


Certification Requirements

To be certified, a qualified participant must complete 24 hours of study consisting of two core courses and two elective courses taken within two (2) years of acceptance to the program.

To view the course schedule and course objectives, please visit the CGAT Course Information page.


Continuing Education Requirements

Effective October 1, 2019: To maintain certification, CGAT certificate holders are required to complete 16 hours of 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.


Government Finance Officers Association of Alabama

The Government Finance Officers Association of Alabama (GFOAA) was founded in 1984 and incorporated in January 1985. The GFOAA was established as a statewide organization that would focus on the needs of those individuals responsible for or involved in the financial arena of a governmental entity or other not-for-profit organizations.

For more information about GFOAA, please visit www.gfoaa.org



Payment is required at the time of registration.  Please pay with credit card or mail check in with registration form.  


Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations made within fourteen days of the event will not be given a refund, a substitute participant may be designated at no additional cost. The University of Alabama reserves the right to cancel, post-pone or combine class sections; to limit registration; or to change instructors. Any money-back guarantee offered on specific programs does not necessarily apply to other programs of The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies.  


For more information, please contact Pamela Harvey at pamelah.bama@ua.edu.