Sections, Credentials and Designations

    The AICPA recognizes that most CPAs move into an accounting specialty area during their career. To address these unique subject areas, we have created specialized Sections, Credentials and Designations. These memberships are designed to help you grow in your particular practice niche such as tax, personal financial planning, forensic and valuation, information technology and management accounting. AICPA Section membership will keep you informed on what’s happening in your specialty area with practice aids, news, resource tools, guides, education materials and much more. If you’re ready to distinguish yourself from other CPAs in your field, develop your career with an AICPA Credential or Designation. Exclusively offered to AICPA regular members who qualify, these credentials and designations will communicate your role as a leader in your area of expertise to clients and employers. Haven’t decided what your specialty area will be? The AICPA is your one-stop destination to learn about the extensive array of resources available in your accounting field.


    Tax Section - Tools and resources for the CPA tax practitioner, including tax practice guides and checklists, regulatory and legislative e-alerts, and The Tax Adviser magazine.

    Personal Financial Planning Section  - Resources for CPAs who assist their clients in estate, tax, retirement, risk management and invest planning. Access to the award-winning client communication tool, Forefield Advisor, is included in your membership dues.

    Forensic and Valuation Services Section - Support for you, as a CPA, with forensic accounting and business valuation services, tools and resources to best serve your clients.

    Information Management and Technology Assurance Section - Stay up to date with the most current news and resources in information assurance, information/data management, audit control and other critical practice areas.


    Credentials and Designations 

    Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) - Position yourself as a premier valuation services provider and increase public awareness of the CPA as the preferred business valuation professional.

    Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) - Showcase your specialized CPA forensic accounting skills in bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization; computer forensic analysis; economic damages calculations; fraud prevention; and valuations.

    Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) - Demonstrate your unique ability, as a CPA, to provide business insight by leveraging knowledge of information relationships and supporting technologies.

    Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) - the new global designation available for AICPA Regular Members working in Business and Government, powered by the resources and expertise of AICPA and CIMA, two of the world's leading accounting organizations.

    Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) - The only personal financial planning credential exclusively offered to CPAs. The PFS credential demonstrates your expertise and financial planning insight to prospective clients and employers.
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