CDFM Certification Recertification

Every credible program of professional certification has a mechanism to ensure that certified members remain current. The CDFM Program requires its certificants to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. For a copy of the policy, click on the link below.


CDFM Recertification Policy


Recertification Deadline

The recertification deadline is two years from the last day of the month that the CDFM certification is first awarded. For example, if certification was awarded March 17, 2005, then the recertification deadline is March 31 of each ODD-numbered year. If certification is awarded September 1, 2006 then the recertification deadline is September 30 of each EVEN-numbered year.


CDFM certificants who later pass the Module 4 exam, earning the CDFM-A, continue with their original recertification deadline. There are no additional CPE requirements for CDFM-A certificants. The CPE requirements apply to all CDFM and CDFM-A certificants, regardless of employment status.


To check your recertification deadline (“CDFM expires”) date, log into your ASMC account and click “Update Profile”.


Recertification Requirements

To keep your CDFM or CDFM-A certification active, adhere to the ASMC Pledge of Professionalism, pay the CDFM recertification fee ($25 members/$45 non-members) and complete 80 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE), with at least 20 CPEs per year and 2 CPEs in an ethics-related topic, by your recertification deadline.


It is not necessary to submit CPEs when recertifying; however, approximately 10% of recertifications are audited, so we recommend that you keep an electronic copy of your CPEs on hand. ASMC will contact you and request your CPE records if you are chosen for audit.

        Summary of CDFM Recertification Requirements  
  • Adhere to the ASMC Pledge of Professionalism
  • Pay recertification fee
  • Earn 80 CPEs and retain documentation

ASMC offers two convenient ways to renew: Recertify CDFM Online or complete a Recertification Form and mail it with your payment to:


ASMC Certification Department
415 N. Alfred Street, Ste. 3
Alexandria, VA 22314


Renewal is a personal responsibility. However, ASMC sends a courtesy email reminder to each certificant 3 months before, 2 months before, and the month of expiration of certification. We recommend using a personal email address to avoid email filter issues.



Any course or training related to Defense financial management or that assists you in your role as a Defense financial manager can be used for CPEs in CDFM recertification. Any credits earned toward the DoD FM Certification Program during your CDFM certification cycle qualify for CDFM recertification.


Methods of obtaining CPEs include:
      •  Attendance at relevant formal training courses
      •  Attendance at relevant college courses
      •  Attendance at briefing or lectures on relevant subjects
      •  Attendance at professional conferences
      •  Teaching and course preparation for relevant subject matter
      •  Preparation and delivery of briefing and work-related  

         documents outside of the scope of routine business
      •  Reading of articles in professional journals
      •  Preparation and publishing articles in professional journals


One fifty-minute block of learning yields one CPE unit. 1 CET = 1 CLP = 0.1 CEU = 1 CPE. For more details, please refer to the CDFM Recertification Policy.


Did you know? CPEs can be applied as CETs for DoD FM recertification. Learn more about this in our Summer 2016 Armed Forces Comptroller article, DoD FM Certification and Beyond.


Recertification Extension Request

Need additional time to complete the recertification requirements? Apply for a 90-day extension BEFORE your recertification deadline by filling out a CDFM Recertification Form, marking the “CDFM Extension” option), and emailing the form to


Reactivation of Certification

If you do not recertify your CDFM by the deadline, your certification goes into Suspended Status, your name is removed from the ASMC website, and a $50 recertification late fee is applied. After 90 days in Suspended status, your certification goes Inactive and the late fee is changed to a $100 reactivation fee.


Note: If events beyond your control, such as a deployment or a medical situation, interfered with your ability to recertify on time, you may request a waiver of some or all of the reactivation requirements by emailing and providing documentation.


        Suspended Status Reactivation Requirements  
  • Pay recertification fee
  • Pay $50 late fee
  • Submit proof of 80 CPEs
  Inactive Status Reactivation Requirements  
  • Pay recertification fee
  • Pay $100 reactivation fee
  • Submit proof of 80 CPEs