Pathway to the ABV Credential
Step 1: Learn
Develop specialized knowledge through self-study courses and live educational events. Maximizing your business valuation knowledge helps unlock new opportunities, enhance the services you offer and prepare you for the ABV Exam. All candidates must complete 75 hours of valuation-related continuing professional development (CPD) within the 5-year period preceding the date of the credential application. Refer to the ABV Credential FAQs for further details.
Education options include Introduction to Business Valuation, Understanding Business Valuation, AICPA Business Valuation School, the ABV Exam Review Course, and more.
Step 2: Pass the Exam
Passing the ABV Examination is a required* step toward obtaining the credential. The ABV Exam is a computer-based, two-part exam which is offered year-round. You may take the exam in-person at a test center or online in a remotely-proctored environment. There are 90 multiple-choice questions per exam module.
*Note: If you are already an AM, ASA, CFA or CBV credential holder, you do not have to take the ABV Exam. Apply now.
Step 3: Gain Experience
CPA candidates must have obtained a minimum of 150 hours of BV experience within the 5-year period preceding the date of the credential application. Finance professional candidates must have obtained a minimum of 1,500 hours of BV experience within the 5-year period preceding the date of the credential application. Refer to the ABV Credential FAQs for examples of business experience.
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
Upon successfully passing the ABV Exam, complete the ABV Credential Application online. Applicants must attest to meeting the minimum Business Experience and Education requirements and pay the appropriate credential fee.