CITP Application FAQ 


    Eligibility

    • Do I have to be a CPA and a member of the AICPA to apply?
    • Do I need an active CPA license to practice public accounting to become a CITP?
    • Do I need to be a member of the Information Management and Technology Assurance Section in order to apply to become a CITP credential holder?
    • What is the experience requirement to apply?
    • I am a member in industry, does my experience in industry count towards the business experience requirement?
    • What is the education requirement to apply?
    • Is there a way I can quickly assess whether I qualify for the Certified Information Technology Professional credential?
    • If I don't meet the requirements to become a CITP credential holder or I am not interested in passing the CITP examination, is there another way to get into the Information Management and Technology Assurance Division?
    • If I am no longer a member of the AICPA, can I still use the CITP credential?

    CITP Exam

    • Do I have to take an examination to qualify for the CITP credential?
    • What is the CITP examination requirement?
    • How may I prepare for the CITP examination?

    General

    • What is the CITP credential?
    • How long has the CITP credential been available?
    • What are the benefits of becoming a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)?
    • Looking at the qualifications for a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) credential, I believe I may qualify. What is the next step?
    • What is the membership fee to become a CITP Credential Holder?
    • May a firm include the credential "Certified Information Technology Professionals" or "CITP" on its letterhead and in marketing materials?
    • What is the correct use of the CITP credential?

     

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      Eligibility

      Do I have to be a CPA and a member of the AICPA to apply?

      Yes. You must be a regular member in good standing and hold a valid and unrevoked CPA certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority.

      Do I need an active license to practice public accounting to become a CITP?

      No. To qualify for the CITP credential, you must hold a valid and unrevoked CPA permit, license or certificate (whether active or inactive) issued by a state authority and be an active member of the AICPA.

      Do I need to be a member of the Information Management and Technology Assurance Section in order to apply to become a CITP credential holder?

      No. You need to be an AICPA member in good standing and meet the unrevoked CPA certificate requirement. CITP credential holders receive complimentary Information Management and Technology Assurance Section membership.

      I am a member in industry, does my experience in industry count towards the business experience requirement?

      Yes. The CITP is a broad-based credential available to CPAs with a wide range of Information Management skills and experience. It is open to all members in public practice, consulting, industry, government and education. Members may earn points for business experience in a variety of ways – by performing technology or technology-enabled services for clients or within their own firms or organizations, or by teaching technology-related courses at accredited universities.

      What is the education requirement to apply?

      A CPA/CITP candidate must have a minimum of 75 hours of information management and technology assurance related CPE. All hours must have been obtained within the 5-year period preceding the date of the credential application.
      CPAs are responsible for complying with all applicable CPE requirements, rules and regulations of state boards of accountancy, as well as those of membership associations and other professional organizations.

      Visit www.aicpa.org/cpe and the FAQ section on the aicpa.org/IMTA website to become familiar with the CPE Standards issued by AICPA and NASBA, learn the CPE requirements for AICPA members, and find out the specific CPE requirements for each state board and society. The following categories of education are eligible:

      • Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
        Formal programs of learning in self-study or group-study format in topics relevant to the CPA/CITP body of knowledge
      • Approved Courses at an Accredited University or College
        University or college courses taken in topics relevant to the CPA/CITP body of knowledge 
      • Presenting
        Instructors receive credit for preparation and presentation of CPE or college credit courses on topics within the CPA/CITP body of knowledge
      • Authoring
        Writers of published articles, books or CPE programs in topics related to the CPA/CITP body of knowledge will be given credit for their research and writing time if this time increases professional competence.

      Is there a way I can quickly assess whether I qualify for the Certified Information Technology Professional credential?

      If you answer “yes” to the following four questions, then you’re well on your way…

      • Are you a member in good standing at the AICPA?
      • Do you hold an unrevoked CPA certificate issued by a state authority?
      • Have at least 1,000 business experience hours in the last 5 years (associated with the CITP body of knowledge)?
      • Have at least 75 hours in continuing education hours in the last 5 years (associated with the CITP body of knowledge)?

      If I don't meet the requirements to become a CITP credential holder or I am not interested in passing the CITP examination, is there another way to get into the Information Management and Technology Assurance Division?

      Yes. You may join the Information Management and Technology Assurance Section - the only requirement is AICPA membership in good standing. Non-CPAs working in Public Accounting, Business & Industry or Consulting may join the section as a Non-CPA Associate Member and be sponsored by a current regular member (voting) of the AICPA.

      If I am no longer a member of the AICPA, can I still use the CITP credential?

      No. Only AICPA members in good standing can use the CITP credential. If your AICPA membership is terminated, you will no longer be able to use the CITP credential and your CITP certificate must be returned to the AICPA.


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      CITP Exam

      Do I have to take an examination to qualify for the CITP credential?

      Yes. To earn the CITP credential, a candidate must pass the CITP Examination. More information about the exam can be found on the AICPA CITP Exam page.

      What is the CITP examination requirement?

      Candidates must pass the 4-hour CITP Examination
      • Register online at www.aicpa.org/citpexam during the registration window.
      • After receiving notification of successfully passing the exam, apply for the CPA/CITP credential by completing the application found in this application kit 
      • Have more questions? Call 888.777.7077 (M–F 9am–6pm ET) or submit an email to citp@aicpa.org
      For information about the AICPA’s CITP Examination, including registration information, review material and the Content Specification Outline (CSO), go to www.aicpa.org/citpexam.

      How may I prepare for the CITP examination?

      The CITP credential program is built around content specification outline (CSO) areas of the CITP Body of Knowledge:
      • Risk Assessment
      • Fraud Considerations
      • Internal Control and IT General Controls
      • Evaluate, Test and Report
      • Information Management and Business Intelligence

      The key to passing the examination is a combination of utilizing the body of knowledge referenced in the CSO coupled with applying this body of knowledge by obtaining relevant work experience in information management and technology assurance.

      The Complete Guide to the CITP Body of Knowledge is available as a guide and CPE self-study course is designed not only to assist in the candidate's preparation for the CITP examination but also to enhance the user's knowledge base in the marketplace. You may also consult recommended Accounting Information System (AIS) textbooks for additional referenced readings.

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      General

      What is the CITP credential?

      The Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) is a specialty designation that identifies CPAs with the unique ability to bridge between business and technology while meeting the strict requirements for a CPA license as well as additional training and experience in a body of knowledge that includes IT Assurance and Risk, Business Solutions, Data Analytics and Security and Privacy, and Emerging Trends.

      How long has the CITP credential been available?

      The AICPA developed the credential over 10 years ago to respond to the needs of the marketplace and provide a specialty designation for CPAs with considerable training and experience in the body of knowledge.  In the earlier years of the credential, there were multiple entry points to the credential.  Beginning in 2012, successful completion of an examination became a requirement together with experience and education requirements.

      What are the benefits of becoming a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)?

      As a CPA that is also a CITP, you can capitalize on profession’s trusted reputation and differentiate yourself from other professionals in the marketplace. The CITP credential denotes an executive-level business professional, someone who understands the business implications of technology and can make informed business planning decisions or recommendations. CITPs also have a wealth of benefits and resources at their disposal, including the CITP Marketing Toolkit, community networking and IMTA section resources. Please review the AICPA overview of CITP benefits.

      Looking at the qualifications for a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) credential, I believe I may qualify. What is the next step?

      Review the AICPA CITP application form for more information. You will need to register for the CITP examination which is presently offered during two testing windows each year.  Following successful completion of the exam, submit the application to the AICPA. Alternatively, you may fax a copy of the form listing your credit card information to the fax number indicated on the form. What is the membership fee to become a CITP Credential Holder?

      What is the membership fee to become a CITP Credential Holder?

      The standard initial pricing for the CITP Credential is $350 unless you qualify for one of the exceptions listed below:

      • If the job code in your AICPA profile is "Government", then the initial price is always $250.
      • If you hold another AICPA Credential, then the initial price is $200 (unless bullet below applies with a lower price).
      • If you are a member of the IMTA Section, then you will receive a credit for a pro rata portion of your remaining annual IMTA membership fee.  Note: your actual cost will be somewhere between the $350 standard price and the $150 depending on the number of months remaining in your annual IMTA membership period.

      May a firm include the credential "Certified Information Technology Professionals" or "CITP" on its letterhead and in marketing materials?

      The CITP is an individual credential and not a firm credential. However, it is permissible under AICPA Ethics Rule 502 for a firm to hold itself out as Certified Information Technology Professionals and to use the CITP credential on its letterhead and in marketing materials if all partners or shareholders of the firm currently have the CITP credential. State accountancy rules may impose other restrictions.

      What is the correct use of the CITP credential?

      The use of "CITP" on letterheads, business cards, and other marketing materials is governed by the rules of the board of accountancy in the state(s) in which you practice. The AICPA does not currently have a prescribed format for the credential.

      Most state accountancy laws are currently silent on whether CPAs can use the specialty credential. In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Ibanez case, which held that states cannot prohibit a CPA from using a specialty credential, such as the CITP credential, unless there is factual proof of real or potential harm. If you check with your state board and run into a problem in using the credential, email the AICPA.

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