Financial and Admin Operations

CPA Firm Administration 

As one of the key employees with their fingers on the pulse of the firm, Firm Administrators work hard to insure the partners and employees work in relative ease, unaware of the efforts behind the scenes that allow them to do their jobs seamlessly.

National MAP Survey

Firm Administrator Role

AICPA PCPS/CPA.com National MAP Survey CPAFMA & PCPS Human Capital Forum To Whom Shall We Turn
 The largest Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) benchmarking survey in North America is open for 2016 participation from May 16 through July 15. Developed specifically for those with HR responsibilities within firms, this event, on June 27, 2016 in Baltimore, MD, will provide valuable insight into Best Practices, professional trends and resources available to help. This guide defines the roles of Firm Administrator, Director of Operations, and Office Manager and also provides strategic information as to hiring, developing and effectively utilizing these key positions in a CPA firm.
Highlighted Resources
Firm Administrators are responsible for many areas of expertise within the firm. These links will provide direction to some of the tools on the PCPS website you will find most useful.

Human Capital

Human Capital Center

All things related Human Resource Management, from Organizational Structure and Governance to Team Recruitment to Employee Retention and everything in between.

Horizon Toolkit

Firm inMotion e-Toolkit

This toolkit expands beyond the Horizons 2025 Report and is designed to help firms stay on top of new and emerging trends, embrace generational differences and continue to meet client needs and expectations.

Strategy and Planning

Strategic planning is the foundation for growth and sustainability.  Be the leader in helping the firm achieve short-term and long-term goals with these tools and solutions for practice management.
  • Client Evaluation Tool and A-B-C-D Client Explanation Tool - Partners will thank you when you introduce them to the PCPS client evaluation tools, which will aid in acknowledgement of clients that are the money makers and those that are a drain on the firm.
  • Succession Planning Resource Center – Includes a comprehensive how-to guidebook, timing calculator, readiness assessment, along with comprehensive tools and templates which can be used to prepare for, plan and execute partner transitions.
  • Creating a One Page Strategic Plan - Gather together your firm's management team, follow this simple process and use the related tools to construct a one page strategic plan. This one page plan can act as the basis for all firm objectives, including the process of deriving recruiting and performance management goals.

Best Practices

Best Practices

These articles, written with input from top performing Firm Administrators provide insight into common problems faced by Firm Administrators. 

Deeper Dive

Deeper Dive

The CPA Firm Management Association is the home for CPA Firm Administration.
  • 2016 CPAFMA Technology Survey Review and Results  - Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM ET – This one-hour MAPCast, presented by Roman Kepczyk, will provide a review of the survey results, as well as actionable information on hardware, software, staffing and IT trends and compares data with your peers  
  • Accredited Administrator in Accounting Practice Management (AAAPM) - Learn more about this credentialing process was created by AAA to recognize and create value for those individuals who have achieved a high level of competency within the Firm Administrator community. This AAAPM Experience Matrix  provides more details about experience requirements needed to receive the credential.
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