CEIV Eligibility Requirements for Finance Professionals 

The AICPA grants the Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations™ (CEIV™) credential to individuals who perform fair value measurements of entities and intangible assets for financial reporting purposes. To qualify, Finance Professionals who want to apply for the CEIV credential must:
  • Upon successfully meeting all requirements, complete the CEIV Credential Application.
  • Attest to meeting minimum Business Experience, Education, and Exam requirements. Experience must be attested to by a present or past partner/supervisor. If a partner/supervisor is not available, peer attestation is acceptable.  There are no exceptions to experience attestation.
  • Sign a Declaration of Intent to comply with the requirements of CEIV Recertification.
  • Join as a Non-CPA Associate Member of the AICPA and pay the appropriate credential and membership fee.

Required Competencies

To earn the CEIV credential, you must meet two levels of rigorous qualification requirements that are based on successfully meeting minimum Business Experience, Education and Exam requirements in the areas of both valuation and fair value measurements.

Valuation Competencies

To earn the CEIV credential, you must first demonstrate an essential understanding of valuation principles and concepts by accumulating at least 100 points from a combination of the 4 qualification categories:
  • Business Experience;
  • Valuation Education;
  • Valuation Exam; and
  • Credential reciprocity. Candidates who qualify through credential reciprocity receive 100 points and meet the Valuation Competencies requirement.

Education Minimum Points Maximum Points
Valuation-Related Business Experience
Minimum — 3,000 hours
Maximum — 10,000 hours
200 hours = 1 point
15  50
Valuation-Related Education
(in 5 years preceding application)
Minimum — 0 hours
Maximum — 175 hours
5 hours = 1 point
0  35
Valuation Exam
Qualifying Valuation Exams: ABV, AICPA Valuation Principles Exam, ASA BV201-204 or Challenge Exam, CFA level III, CBV, or RICS Oral Assessment*
50  50
Credential Reciprocity
Qualifying Credentials: ABV, ASA, ASA-AM, MRICS, or FRICS, CFA or CBV*
100  100

* Accredited in Business Valuation, Accredited Members and Accredited Senior Appraisers of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Chartered Business Valuator (CBV).

Fair Value Measurement Competencies

Financial Professionals seeking to obtain the CEIV credential will be required to demonstrate competence in performing Fair Value Measurements through meeting the following requirements:
  • Attain a specified level of Fair Value Measurement Experience*;
  • Complete AICPA’s CEIV and Professional Standards Education; and
  • Pass CEIV Exam.

3,000 hours performing fair value measurements
(in 5 years preceding application)

CEIV Body of Knowledge Education:

  • Accounting and Regulatory Environment
  • Technical Guidance Related to Valuations for Financial Reporting
  • Use of the Valuation Report in the Audit Process
  • Mandatory Performance Framework

AICPA Professional Standards Education:

  • AICPA Code of Professional Conduct
  • AICPA Valuation and Consulting Standards

CEIV Exam Module 1: Fair Value Measurement Environment, Guidance and Related Auditing Requirements
CEIV Exam Module 2: Mandatory Performance Framework

*Experience related to fair value measurements may include auditor specialist valuation reviews of fair value measurements prepared by a third party or by management; firm review of fair value measurements prepared by the firm’s valuation team; signing valuation reports; performing, mentoring, supervising, or managing fair value measurement engagements; and consulting on, instructing, authoring, developing, thought leadership and staff development on fair value measurement matters. Experience must be attested to by a supervisor (or past supervisor if you changed employers). If a partner/supervisor is not available, peer attestation is acceptable.  There are no exceptions to experience attestation.

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