Many years ago the Massachusetts Municipal Auditors’ and Accountants’ Association (MMAAA) established a Certification Program to provide a measurement of achievement for governmental auditors and accountants. The Program, which is purely voluntary and restricted only to members, is offered by the Association to advance the professionalism of its members.
Members who pass both the Practical (Accounting) and Legal examinations and meet all of the educational and experience requirements are recognized as a Certified Governmental Accountants (CGA) by the Association. The examinations, which are very in-depth, test a member’s knowledge of municipal accounting and law. The examinations are held at the Annual School (usually at U-Mass, Amherst in March), and the certificates are awarded to those newly certified members at our Annual Meeting (usually at Cape Cod in June).
In order to retain CGA status, one must be a continuous member of the Association every year, and attend the Annual School at least once every three years.