MSBO Certification Program

MSBO certification is a voluntary system, established in 1998 by the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO). It provides focused training to school business officials in order to:

  1. Offer practical information that will help school business officials succeed and excel in their employment; and,

  2. Establish a basis for advancing professionalism of school business officials and assuring school districts that current or prospective business officials have a base of knowledge about laws, regulations, and procedures for functioning in a Michigan public school.

The MSBO Certification Program was designed by MSBO's Professional Development Committee in conjunction with the Facilities Management, Transportation, and Food Service Committees. In other words, it was created by professionals in their respective fields.

Click here for an overall look at the MSBO Voluntary Certification Program, or download each certification's informational flyer:


Davenport University Credit Transfer

MSBO and Davenport University have entered into a partnership that allows curriculum from MSBO certifications to be accepted as transfer credit at any Davenport University campus location. Read more.

Why should I become certified?

Obtaining certification demonstrates a dedication to your profession and offers a base of useful information taught by seasoned practitioners. School districts that hire business officials believe certification matters. The MSBO Certification Program has been endorsed by the Michigan Association of School Administrators and Michigan Association of School Boards.

Do I qualify?

Requirements vary for each of the 14 certification tracks. Each program will be offered by MSBO, through the Michigan Institute of Educational Management (MIEM), or in partnership with other organizations. Applicants for certification may apply to use college classes or seminars to meet subject area requirements. Credit for non-MSBO sponsored programs will be allowed at the discretion of MSBO on a case-by-case basis. Contact MSBO for additional information.

Continuing education requirements must be approved, job-related education and the following must be completed within a five-calendar-year period:

  • CFO: 150 hours, 150 SCECHs or 6 semester hours from a college or university

  • All other tracks: 90 hours, 90 SCECHs or 3 semester credit hours

There is a $60 fee for initial certification and $30 fee every five (5) years for continuing certification. All records are maintained by MSBO.

How do I apply?

To begin the certification process, first fill out and return the letter of commitment (pdf) to MSBO. You must complete the certification program within three years of taking your first class, unless you obtain a waiver.

If you feel you have some experience or have taken classes that may be used towards a certification track, please fill out the grandparenting application and return to MSBO. Determination will be made on a case-by-case basis. Click here to register for certification classes. 

If you feel you have completed all the class requirements, please fill out the final application to receive your certificate and pin.

If you are within a month from your certificate expiring, please fill out the renewal application.

Questions? Contact Debbie Kopkau at MSBO 517.327.2587 or e-mail