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Examination applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be 21 years of age at time of examination
  2. Be a Citizen of the United States
  3. Be of good moral character
  4. Be a high school graduate or have received an equivalency diploma
  5. Must have graduated from a four-year course of study at a recognized college or university with a major course of study in business administration, accounting or equivalent subject OR

Must have four years of full-time experience as a municipal director of finance, assistant director of finance, fiscal officer, municipal comptroller, assistant comptroller, municipal treasurer, assistant municipal treasurer or deputy treasurer in any local unit. An applicant who does not possess, four years of full-time experience in such a position may substitute one year of college for one year of experience, up to a maximum of two (2) years of college education. One full year college education is equal to 30 college credits.

Must furnish proof of successfully completing the following courses: Municipal Finance Administration, Municipal Current Fund Accounting I, Municipal Current Fund Accounting II, Municipal Capital and Trust Fund Accounting, Municipal Utility Fund Accounting, Municipal Budget Preparation and Control, Principles of Financial Management and Preparation of the Annual Financial Statement, as are provided by the Division of Local Government Services or Rutgers, the State University, with the approval of the Division of Local Government Services.

Application forms and additional information are available from the Certification Unit, Division of Local Government Services, NJ Department of Community Affairs, CN 803, Trenton, NJ 08625-0803 or by calling (609) 292-9757.

C.M.F.O. Exam Application is available for download in Adobe Acrobat®Reader format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat reader, please visit the Adobe website at You will find instructions at the site on how to download the free software and to install it on your computer. Click here for C.M.F.O. Exam Application

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