I had a wonderful experience earning the CBO Certification. The materials have been invaluable in my career and broadened my knowledge of school business. It was a great confidence builder. Networking is a much needed support system for a CBO. – Mary Downey; Deputy Superintendent Business Services; Sonoma COE

Recommended Training Options for Chief Business Official (CBO) Certification


By completing the CASBO Business Executives Leadership Program*

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Add the “E” for Experience and Education: A minimum of five years of current, consecutive experience as a Chief Business Official AND a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited university. (Adding the “E” is an opportunity for us to recognize our veteran CBOs for their expertise.)

The training requirements are the same for both levels; however, you can satisfy them by following different paths.

By completing the CASBO BEL Program*

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By completing a full CBO training program* offered by an approved professional development provider (440 CEUs):

  • FCMAT CBO Mentor Program
  • USC Rossier School of Education: Certificate in School Business Management Program
  • Wilkes University Master’s Program in School Business Leadership

Each of the above satisfies most Core, plus all Skill, Practicum and Elective training requirements.

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*Certification candidates must apply within one year of the training program graduation date in order to satisfy all training requirements. After one year, candidates may use training program hours to fulfill Skill and Practicum requirements but must show completion of Core requirements at an accredited university or community college.

**CEUs earned at the university or community college level are valid indefinitely.

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