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Government of Canada

About the Program

The Advanced Financial Officer Development (AFOD) program prepares experienced finance professionals to become well-rounded leaders. Over 24 months, participants are challenged to develop their skills and knowledge by working in different finance and program areas. Career advancement opportunities are available upon program completion.

Participants will have the ability to work in the following roles through rotations:

  • Different finance role in the department or agency where they currently work.
  • Non-finance role in a program area within the department or agency where they currently work.
  • New finance role in a different department or agency in the public service.

Program Eligibility

To qualify for the Advanced Financial Officer Development (AFOD) program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have an undergraduate or graduate degree with a specialization in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics; OR have a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation or working towards one
  • Work in financial management, or equivalent group and level
  • Achieve proficiency in the second official language or working towards it
  • Receive recommendation from the departmental Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Have a minimum of 12 months experience at the current group and level in financial management 

Program Experience

The program uses the following tools to provide participants with the necessary depth and breadth of experience to develop their skills.  

Action learning is a highly structured and professionally facilitated exercise. Facilitated by former CFOs, participants reflect on past experiences with their peers to gain new perspectives and improve critical thinking skills, preparing them for more senior roles and responsibilities.

The mentor regularly engages with the participant to provide guidance and review their progress.

Rotational assignments are designed to provide participants with varied experiences to develop the skills required to prepare them for the next stages of their careers.

Completing the Program

After successful completion of the program, participants gain knowledge of different financial management areas. Participants are eligible for career advancement according to the program guidelines and may receive a promotional recommendation from their manager and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). 

Ready to Apply?

If you are an employee of the public service, the Financial Management Community Development (FMCD) team will send communication to departments/agencies regarding the application process. If you have questions about this program, contact FMCD General Enquiries.

Being a part of AFOD was a very encouraging experience. The opportunity to receive excellent feedback from mentors and peers has helped build my confidence to lead. I would recommend this program to someone who is looking to lead people and wants to take their career (and personal) growth into their own hands.
Peter, Chief, Accounts of Canada & Financial Reporting Public Services and Procurement Canada
Peter, Chief, Accounts of Canada & Financial Reporting Public Services and Procurement Canada