Important Notice for China-Based Testing Candidates:

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak and as a precautionary measure against the spread of the outbreak, Pearson VUE is temporarily closing its China-based testing centers and suspending exam delivery through our third-party, China-based test center network effective January 27, 2020 to ensure the health and safety of testing candidates and Pearson VUE employees.

Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®)

Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®)

Coordinated through Professional Testing (PTI).

Developed by school business management professionals and supported by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) defines the essential skills and knowledge that every effective school business professional should possess and lets employers know that you have real-world, practical expertise that can be readily applied to the current work environment. Demonstrating your commitment to professional development, your SFO credential is recognized anywhere in the United States and Canada.

The certification exam includes Accounting and School Business Management domains.

Application Information

Before scheduling an exam appointment, you must have already:

  • Applied for the certification through the online SFO Credential Management System.
  • Paid all corresponding fees to ASBO International at the time of application and exam registration.
  • Received the authorization to test email from ASBO International with information about your eligibility to sit for the exam.

For more information, contact ASBO International, during normal business hours (U.S. Eastern Time) at (866) 682-2729 or


First-time test takers must create a Pearson VUE web account. Please note that account activation may require up to 24 hours.

When creating your account and scheduling your exam, you will need your SFO candidate ID number from the authorization to test email sent to you upon completion of the application process.

Exam appointments may be made up to 24 hours in advance.

If you provide Pearson VUE with any new contact information during the exam application process, this will not update in ASBO International's records. Update your contact information in the online SFO Credential Management System or contact ASBO International at (866) 682-2729 or

After you schedule your test, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation letter listing your test date, your testing time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.

Program Information

Details about the SFO program and the Candidate Handbook can be found on ASBO International's website.

Questions? Call ASBO International at 866.682.2729 or email

Last updated 2018-08-15