Overview of 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 Emerging Trends, IT Assurance and Risk, Business Solutions, Data Analytics and Security and Privacy.

    Build your credibility and distinguish yourself from other professionals in the marketplace. Become a CITP and a trusted business advisor!

    Apply for the CITP Credential!

    CITP Body Knowledge
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    The CITP Body of Knowledge represents the fundamental concepts of information management and technology assurance.  The qualifying areas of knowledge for CITP credential holders consist of:

    • Risk Assessment
    • Fraud Considerations
    • Internal Control and IT General Controls
    • Evaluate, Test and Report
    • Information Management and Business Intelligence

    This visual depiction illustrates the inter-connectivity and continuous process flow of the areas that comprise the CITP Body of Knowledge.

    Program Objectives
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    The CITP credential program is designed to achieve the following objectives: 

    • Increase exposure for CPAs who have obtained the CITP credential;
    • Enhance the quality of information management and technology assurance services CITPs provide;
    • Ensure the continued competitiveness of CPAs versus other technology services providers through continuous access to a comprehensive community of resources and support;
    • Increase practice development and career opportunities for CITPs;
    • Promote members' services through Information Management and Technology Assurance (IMTA)  website; and
    • Achieve public recognition of the CPA/CITP as the trusted service provider.
    Benefits of Becoming a CITP
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    CPAs who provide information management and technology assurance services should consider obtaining the CITP Credential because it:     

    • Positions the credential holder as a premier  information management and technology assurance service provider;
    • Enhances the practitioner's image as a competent, trustworthy information technology expert;  
    • Promotes a greater level of confidence for clients and employers;
    • Demonstrates commitment to continuously improving IT accounting skills and expertise, resulting in increased professional competency;
    • Increases opportunities for referrals from other practitioners, strategic partners, employers, and clients;
    • Includes you in a community of CPA IT specialists with similar interests and practices; and
    • Distinguishes your practice with the powerful combination of a CPA certificate and a CITP credential.

    Learn more about additional benefits!

    Note: CITP Credential holders have access to all of the benefits of IMTA Section membership.

    CITP Credential Qualification Requirements
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    The CITP Credential is exclusively granted by the AICPA to qualified CPAs. To qualify, new CITP applicants must:      

    • Be a member of the AICPA in good standing
    • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA license or certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority  
    • Pass the CITP examination. The CITP Exam Content Specification Outline (CSO) includes details of subject areas covered on the exam.
    • Upon successfully passing the CITP Examination, complete the CITP Credential Application. Applicants must attest to meeting the minimum Business Experience and Education requirements and pay the appropriate credential fee. See CITP Credential Pricing for an overview of credential fees.  
    • Business Experience Requirement
      • A CITP candidate must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of business experience in information management and technology assurance within the 5-year period preceding the date of the CITP application. Refer to the CITP Application Kit for examples of business experience.
    • Education Requirement
      • A CITP candidate must have 75 hours of information management and technology assurance continuing professional education (CPE). All hours must have been obtained within the 5-year period preceding the date of the CITP application. Refer to the CITP Application Kit for further details. Visit the AICPA's CPE page 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.

    Sign a Declaration of Intent to comply with the requirements of CITP Recertification.

    CITP Credential Recertification Requirements
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    Recertification Requirements:

    To maintain the credential, CITP credential holders must continue to pay an annual credential fee and meet the following recertification requirements every three years:

    • Maintain an AICPA membership in good standing.
    • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA certificate or license issued by a legally constituted state authority.
    • Provide verification of obtaining at least 60 hours of information management and technology assurance related CPE over the preceding three years. (Note: Authoring or publishing articles is limited to 24 hours. Classes taught or lectures given are limited to 36 hours). Refer to the CITP Body of Knowledge for additional information.
    • Submit electronic intent to continue to comply with all recertification requirements. Attestations are requested in late April following the end of the credential holder's recertification period

    June, 2009                       Become a CITP Credential holder
    June, 2012                       End of initial 3 year period
    December 31, 2012         Recertification required
    December 31, 2015         Next recertification required

    Failure to recertify results in the loss of the CITP Credential.

    The AICPA reserves the right to audit recertification attestations. If selected, the CITP Credential holder will be contacted to provide further substantiation.

    CITP Credential Reinstatement Requirements
    Shaking hands after being reinstated Reinstatement Requirements:

    If your CITP credential has lapsed, a CITP reinstatement candidate must:

    • Email us once your AICPA Membership is in good standing and we will be happy to assist you.
    • Pay a reinstatement fee of $100 in addition to the credential application fee. Application fees are outlined above in the application process section.

    You must meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA certificate or license issued by a legally constituted state authority.
    • Have at least 60 hours of CPE related to the CITP Body of Knowledge in the last three years. Refer to the CITP Content Specification Outline (CSO) for topics in the CITP Body of Knowledge.


    • A member can reinstate within 120 days after the credential status has expired. After 120 days the member must submit a new CITP Application form.
    • If you have held the CITP credential in the past, you do not need to re-qualify for the examination or experience requirements of the credential.
    Additional Information
    • CITP Credential Referral Program
      Our current CPA/CITP credential holders are the backbone of the program and we are rewarding current CITP credential holders for referring other CPAs to either become a CPA/CITP credential holder or sit for the 2013 CITP exam. Every CPA/CITP credential holder making a qualifying referral will receive a $360 credit against their future CPA/CITP credential dues.
    • Find answers to CITP Credential FAQS!

    Please note: A percentage of CITP applications will be randomly selected for further review each year, and if selected, the applicant should provide detailed documentation (including specifics of business experience and education) to support the assertions of the application.  

    If you’d like to contact the AICPA directly, please email us or call 866.835.2938. You can contact the AICPA Information Management and Technology Assurance (IMTA) Division directly by visiting our ITMA page.

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