1. What is ASMC?

ASMC stands for American Society of Military Comptrollers.  It is a non-profit educational and professional organization for persons, military and civilian, involved in the overall field of military comptrollership. ASMC promotes the education and training of its members, and supports the development and advancement of the profession of military comptrollership. The society provides professional programs to keep members abreast of current issues and encourages the exchange of information, techniques and approaches.

  1. What is the history of ASMC?

ASMC was established as the Society of Military Accountants and Statisticians in 1948 in San Antonio, TX, and was open only to active duty officers. Since then, ASMC has expanded to extend membership opportunity to all DoD and Coast Guard Financial Management (FM) personnel, as well as civilian contractors providing FM support to DoD and USCG. In 1991, the national headquarters was opened in Alexandria, VA, and currently serves a growing professional society of more than 20,000 members.

  1. Who may become a member of ASMC?  

  • Membership is available to individuals who are actively employed in military comptrollership, as active duty or civilian personnel for Department of Defense (DoD) or the United States Coast Guard.
  • Associate membership is available for persons who do not meet the above qualifications but are currently employed in a defense related financial management field.
  • Employees of private sector companies who are interested in ASMC membership may join under our corporate membership program.
  1. What are the benefits of being a member?

The benefits include: networking opportunities at social events, monthly luncheons with a guest speaker, opportunities to attend training events, opportunities to become active in leadership within the organization, and the chance to be part of a professional organization at a low cost. For additional benefits, please visit this link.

  1. What is the annual membership fee?

The membership fee is $40 annually and is non-refundable and non-transferrable. A three-year membership is only $114.

  1. How do I join ASMC?

Individuals may submit an online application here. Individuals may submit an application to the Indianapolis Chapter membership committee. Membership applications are available by calling 317-212-1141.

  1. How do I obtain my member number? 

Please visit the Member Services section of the National ASMC website.

  1. How do I update my profile? 

Please visit the Member Services section of the National ASMC website.

  1. How do I change my password?

Please visit the Member Services section of the National ASMC website.

  1. What is the CDFM?

The American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) offers the Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) educational program and certification designation to those persons desiring to demonstrate proficiency in the core aspects of defense financial management.  The DoD Authorization Act FY2012 signed by President Obama empowers the Secretary of Defense to "… prescribe professional certification and credential standards" for the defense financial management community. The CDFM is one of the DoD-approved Test-Based Certifications recommended for Certification Levels 2 and 3 of the DoD FM Certification Program.

  1. What steps do I have to take in order to enroll for the CDFM exam?

You may enroll for the exam online, or by mailing the paper CDFM Enrollment form to ASMC Headquarters.  If you are an ASMC member, you may contact the Indianapolis Chapter ASMC education and certification committee here.  After your application is accepted, you will receive an Authorization Letter or e-mail from ASMC with your candidate ID number and the procedures to follow in registering for the modules examinations.  Enrollment forms may be found here.

  1. How long do I have to pass the CDFM exam?

You have two years from the date of your Authorization Letter to pass the three module examinations.  The fourth module is optional.  If you pass the fourth module, you will earn a CDFM with an acquisition specialty (CDFM-A).

  1. Do I have to take all three modules at the same time or in a specific order?

No. You may take module examinations one at a time, in any order that you choose.

  1. What is the difference between the CDFM, CGFM, and the Federal Financial Management Certificate Program?

The CDFM program is for persons interested in displaying proficiency in the core aspects of defense financial management.  The CGFM is more applicable to general government financial management - federal, state and local.  The Federal Financial Management Certificate Program is offered through Management Concepts and involves taking a variety of courses.

  1. What are the requirements for earning CDFM certification?

In order to earn Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) certification, a candidate must be enrolled in the CDFM Program; pass CDFM Modules 1, 2, and 3; have at least a high school diploma (or equivalent); and submit a qualifying Verification of Financial Management Experience form.   Visit the National ASMC website to enroll in the CDFM program.

  1. What are the experience requirements for earning CDFM certification?

Candidates with an Associate Degree or higher need 2 years of defense-related financial management or 4 years of government-related financial management. Candidates with a High School Diploma or equivalent need 3 years of defense-related financial management.

  1. Where can I get a Verification of Financial Management Experience (VFME) form?

The VFME form can be downloaded from the National ASMC website by clicking on the "CDFM Information" quick link on the left side of the screen in the Certification section

  1. Am I required to be enrolled in the CDFM Program in order to test?

Yes. In order to sit for an exam, active enrollment in the CDFM Program is required.

  1. Do I have to be an ASMC Member in order to take the tests?

You are not required to be an ASMC member in order to test; however, there are benefits to being a member, such as reduced CDFM textbook and enrollment fees (CDFM enrollment is required in order to test). More information on the benefits of being an ASMC member can be found on the National ASMC website.

  1. What is the cost to enroll in the CDFM Program?

First-time enrollment is $40 for members; $75 for non-members. Enrollment extensions are $75 for members; $85 for non-members.

  1. Will passing the CDFM exam get me a promotion?

No. A promotion is not guaranteed after passing the CDFM exam but it could make a difference.

  1. Do I have to be an Accountant in order to sit for the CDFM exam?

No. You may sit for the exam regardless if you are an Accountant or not.

  1. What are the educational requirements to sit for the exam?

You must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

  1. What are the financial management experience requirements to sit for the exam?

  • You do not have to satisfy the experience requirement in order to sit for the exam.  However, after you pass the exam, you must satisfy one of the following experience requirements BEFORE being issued your CDFM certificate:
    • Complete 4 years of federal government related financial management experience (with an associate degree or higher) -OR-
    • Complete 3 years of Defense related financial management experience (without a degree) -OR-
    • Complete 2 years of Defense related financial management experience (with an associate degree or higher)
  1. If I do not have any financial management experience, can I still enroll in the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course (EDFMTC) class?

Yes.  No previous experience is required.

  1. What if I need more than 2 years to complete the certification process?

If you need more than 2 years to complete the certification process, you will need to extend your enrollment an additional 2 years.  A 2-year CDFM enrollment extension costs $75 for members; $85 for non-members.

  1. What is the cost of the exams?

Each CDFM exam is $99 regardless of the platform (computer-based, paper, etc.).

  1. How can I purchase an exam?

Exams can be purchased on the National ASMC website.  Just click on “Exams”.