Becoming a School Business Official

School Business Official

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noun. School district business leaders are typically the chief financial officers of school districts and often manage a broad range of non-instructional functions, such as budgeting, accounting, facilities management, information technology, procurement, human resources (personnel) management, labor negotiations, food service and transportation.

see also: School Business Administrator, School Business Manager/Executive, Assistant/Deputy/Associate Superintendent for Business/Finance, Director/Coordinator of Business Affairs/Finance/Operations

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Resources for your chosen career path...

School District Business Leader Professional Certificate Civil Service

Certification from Start to Finish



Attend a NYS SDBL CAS Program

Completion of a NYS Registered Program - School District Business Leader

There are multiple colleges across NYS that offer SDBL Professional Certification programs. Each has its own set of requirements. Click through for more detailed information about each program...

New York State SDBL Programs



Prepare for the Test


ASBO New York Study Guide
(March 2013)

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Other SDBL Test Taking Resources 

  • Sample Questions and Assignments
    • Part One - Sample Questions and Written Assignments [PDF 15 pages]
    • Part Two - Sample Questions and Written Assignments [PDF 19 pages]
  • View, Print, or Download Complete Preparation Materials
    Click the links below to view, print, or download complete preparation materials for this field, including the test design and assessment framework and preparation guide. Note that the preparation guide contains "Preparing for the Test" as well as sample questions and assignments.

  • On-Screen Calculator Preview
    An on-screen calculator is provided for School District Business Leader Part Two (106).
    Click here for more information about how to use the on-screen calculator.

  • Computer-Based Testing Tutorials
    Computer-Based Testing Tutorials – Find out what to expect when you take a computer-based test.

    *Information on this page thanks to New York State Teaching Certification Exams (nystec.nesinc.com). Click here for more information.


Requirements to Complete Certification (per NYSED.gov):

Take the SDBL Certification Exam

 Civil service job titles and examinations are based on your jurisdiction.

Prepare for the Test

ASBO New York Study Guide
(March 2013)

ASBO's study guides are a free member benefit.
You must be a member to access the documents.



Take the Civil Service Exam

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local jurisdiction for more details.