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Pathway to the ABV Credential 

Pathway to PFS

Step 1: Learn 

Develop specialized knowledge through self-study courses and live educational events. Maximizing your business valuation knowledge helps unlock new opportunities and enhance the services you offer. In addition, download the pathway infographic to learn even more about how to take your career to the next level.

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Step 2: Pass the Exam

To pass the ABV® Exam, take advantage of the resources offered by the AICPA, including the Content Specialization Outline, ABV Assessment Tool, Self-Study CPE courses, the AICPA Business Valuation School and the ABV Exam Review Course.

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*Note: If you are already an AM, ASA, CFA or CBV, you do not have to take the exam.
 

Step 3: Gain Experience

ABV candidates must have obtained a minimum of 150 hours of business valuation experience within the five-year period preceding the date of the credential application. Candidates can apply to be matched with a mentor through the ABV Mentor Program. Among other responsibilities, mentors may provide guidance on how to become an ABV and start and/or develop a BV practice.
 

Step 4: Get Credentialed

After passing the exam, you must next apply for the ABV credential, granted exclusively by the AICPA to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in valuation through their knowledge, skills and experience.

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