Financial Management

Tribal Financial Managers Certificate Program

For over 10 years, the Tribal Financial Managers Certificate (TFMC) at Arizona State University has been the program of choice for tribal finance and administrative staff and has seen over 1,000 professionals graduate.

A collaboration among NAFOA, ASU American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI), and Thunderbird School of Global Management, this certificate is designed equip tribal government accountants, budget and grant managers, and tribal administrative staff with the tools to support or manage tribal financial departments, as well as provide leading information on industry standards and new innovations.

Admission to the program is open with registration. At the program’s conclusion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Thunderbird School of Management. 

The program is taught by nationally recognized Native American professionals, and participants can earn up to 20 CPE credits.

TFMC Overview

  • Who Should Attend
  • Program Topics
  • Tribal administrative staff including project managers and program directors.
  • Tribal finance staff including, tribal government accountants, grant managers, controllers, and budget managers.
  • Corporate professionals interested in increasing knowledge related to tribal financial management.
  • Elected tribal leaders interested in the financial components of operating a tribal government.

Attendees of the Tribal Financial Manager Certificate training will learn:

  • Principles of federal Indian law and its effect on tribal financial management
  • Government accounting standards and principles
  • Compliance with the OMB Uniform Guidance
  • Effects of federal, state, and tribal taxation on tribal financial management
  • Best practices for internal controls and procurement policies
  • Key tools for developing and managing budgets
  • Emerging financial issues in Indian Country

Program Details

Cost of Program

$1,700 (NAFOA Member)
$1,850 (Non-Member)
All registrants receive a copy of the Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Enterprises (Orange Book) and the Tribal Business Structure Handbook.


Arizona State University
Downtown Phoenix, AZ
Please note: Accommodations are not provided with the program fee. Participants are encouraged to find their own accommodations in Phoenix.


The TFMC Program Is Cancelled Until Further Notice.​
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