School Business Affairs February 2021

TRAIN WITH SUPPORT asbointl.org/certification/resources Making use of these resources not only will prepare you for the exam, but also can help you fill knowledge gaps, maximize work performance, or fine-tune your career path. The SFO Exam Guidebook is a detailed outline of the domains of study covered on the exam, representing the core knowledge and skill areas required for school finance operations. The SFO Exam Prep Bundle contains five one-hour sessions covering key topics for SFO exam preparation. ASBO International’s Professional Standards and Code of Ethics provides guiding principles for the school business profession and education management. Study Groups with members of your state or province ASBO affiliate create a network of experience, wisdom, and encouragement. The SFO JOURNEY is as valuable as the DESIGNATION “ The SFO certification is widely recognized , is a plus on your resume, and is confirmation that you have attained the experience and knowledge to be a business manager.” Ed Barnes, CPA, SFO, Business Manager & Chief Financial Officer Fairview School District, Fairview, Pennsylvania “I am very proud of my ASBO International membership and of passing the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations examinations. SFO certification was a professional goal that I wasn’t confident I could achieve, but it is obtainable and the process is truly confidence-building. I admire those who have achieved SFO certification ahead of me, I am grateful to those who encouraged me to try, and I now encourage others to challenge themselves to become SFO certified. The “Skills Refresher for ASBO’s SFO Certification Exam” session at the ASBO International Annual Meeting & Expo is phenomenal!” Ilsa K. Richardella, CSBO, SFO, Business Manager Community High School District 218, Oak Lawn, Illinois “ This is not just finance. It’s school finance. I am a CPA, but the SFO gives me a little bit more credibility and shows that I’m well-rounded in the school finance and operations pieces. It shows the superintendent and other administrators and the school board that I’ve really put forth the effort to learn and I do know different areas and aspects of the whole operational side of school business. It just shows we’re well-rounded.” Katie Miano, CPA, SFO, Director of Finance Montgomery County Public Schools, Christiansburg, Virginia READY? PLAN TO ACHIEVE SFO STATUS IN 2020. Get on the track to strengthen your existing skills, broaden your knowledge, and prove your qualification for the most prestigious credential in school business. R SET...

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