Who May Become Certified?

Any current MSBO member may become certified. Click here for MSBO's membership application (pdf). MSBO has designed nine different certification tracks, each specific to the specialty.

  • Business Office Manager
  • Business Office Specialist
  • Certified Purchasing Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Child Nutrition Director
  • Facilities Director
  • Food Service Director
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Operations Director
  • Pupil Accounting Auditor
  • Pupil Accounting Specialist
  • School Payroll Specialist
  • School Technology Management
  • Specialist in Educational Data
  • Transportation Director

The MSBO certification program provides information to school business professionals at the beginning of their careers and to assure continuing professional development throughout. In developing the program several guidelines were used:

  • Provide access to information needed to succeed on the job in the first three years.
  • Offer practical overviews of key areas of law, regulation, and practice.
  • Identify resources for in-depth and additional information that may be utilized at a later time.
  • Assure a quality curriculum is developed and monitored by the MSBO Professional Development Committee.
  • Use experienced practitioners to teach classes.
  • Offer classes at regular intervals and reasonable prices.
  • Utilize adult learning principles and provide a learning environment where colleagues can share experiences and information.