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Propel your career with a credential

Credentials enhance your credibility and open new doors by demonstrating the powerful combination of your technical expertise, adherence to the respected AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and commitment to competency and continued learning.

Why should you obtain an AICPA credential?

A credential is a career -booster, providing you with professional recognition to distinguish yourself and promote a lasting influence on your clients or organization.

With a credential, you enhance your marketability, demonstrating your confidence, competence and commitment to continued learning.

Why should you obtain an AICPA credential?

A credential is a career -booster, providing you with professional recognition to distinguish yourself and promote a lasting influence on your clients or organization.

With a credential, you enhance your marketability, demonstrating your confidence, competence and commitment to continued learning.

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You’ll have the opportunity to purchase professional development resources you may need to complete the learning requirements.

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Once you’ve completed the learning requirements, you’ll be ready for the exam.

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You’ll be asked to attest that you have the required professional experience.

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The last step involves an online application that’s easy to complete.

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You’ll have the opportunity to purchase professional development resources you may need to complete the learning requirements.

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Once you’ve completed the learning requirements, you’ll be ready for the exam.

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You’ll be asked to attest that you have the required professional experience.

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The last step involves an online application that’s easy to complete.

Benefits of obtaining a credential or designation

Credentials demonstrate your expertise and make a bold statement about you.

Professional recognition

Designatory letters highlight that you are a certified expert in your field


Professional recognition

Designatory letters highlight that you are a certified expert in your field

Demonstrated expertise

Your achievement and commitment to professional development elevates your status


Demonstrated expertise

Your achievement and commitment to professional development elevates your status

Credential marketing toolkit

Resources and tips for marketing yourself in a competitive environment


Credential marketing toolkit

Resources and tips for marketing yourself in a competitive environment

Digital badge

Visual representation to showcase your significant achievement on online platforms


Digital badge

Visual representation to showcase your significant achievement on online platforms

Inclusion in the Membership and Credential Holder Directory

Your name will be listed in the public’s No. 1 tool to search for credential holders


Inclusion in the Membership and Credential Holder Directory

Your name will be listed in the public’s No. 1 tool to search for credential holders

Extensive network and community

A community of peers and a wealth of networking opportunities with leaders


Extensive network and community

A community of peers and a wealth of networking opportunities with leaders

Choose your credential

There are many pathways for professional development. Choose a credential that best aligns with your experience and area(s) of interest.

Benefits include

    CFF Credential

    Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)

    Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)

    The CFF® credential positions you for success with the growing demand for accounting expertise in litigation and investigative services.

    The CFF credential demonstrates your expertise in:

    • Fraud detection, prevention and response
    • Financial statement misrepresentation
    • Digital forensics
    • Bankruptcy and insolvency
    • Damages calculations and dispute resolution
    • Expert witness services
    • Investigations
    • Family law services

    If these areas of expertise appeal to you, earning the CFF credential is a strategic way to distinguish yourself.

    Requirements:

    • Maintain AICPA membership in good standing
    • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA license or certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority
    • Pass the CFF examination
    • Attest to meeting the minimum business experience and continuing professional development (CPD) requirements

    Once requirements are met, you’re ready to apply online for the credential.

    The CFF credential positions you as an expert and can lead to greater revenue opportunities. In addition to the prestige that comes along with obtaining this credential, you’ll have access to valuable tools and resources:

    From $199 /yr

    PFS Credential

    Personal Financial Specialist (PFS)

    Personal Financial Specialist (PFS)

    The PFS ™ credential highlights your tax expertise and comprehensive knowledge of financial planning.

    All areas of personal financial planning — estate, retirement, investments and insurance — have tax implications, and only CPA/PFS professionals have the experience, ethics and expertise to get the job done right.

    • Become recognized for providing financial planning services by prospects, clients and referral sources

    • Affirm your value to current and potential clients and employers

    • Indicate your continual dedication to delivering the best service possible to your clients by honing your financial planning skills and expertise

    Requirements:

    • Maintain AICPA membership in good standing

    • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA license

    • Determine your best pathway — standard, certificate or experienced

    You’ll then complete the experience, education and examination requirements for that pathway.

    Once requirements are met, you can apply online for the credential.

    Once you get the credential, you’ll have access to additional benefits.

    • The PFS credential mark after your name

    • A digital badge to display on your website and social media platforms

    • The online Membership and Credential holder directory

    • Free CPD with access to the PFP video and podcast library

    • A community of fellow CPAs who are financial planners

    From $199 /yr

    ABV Credential

    Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)

    Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)

    You understand the story behind the numbers. Use those skills to promote greater confidence to your clients, employers and the public by obtaining the ABV® credential.

    With the ABV credential, you:

    • Position yourself as a premier valuation professional

    • Demonstrate your mastery of business valuation

    • Gain instant credibility with employers and clients

    Requirements:

    • Maintain an AICPA membership in good standing

    • CPAs must hold either a valid and unrevoked CPA license, or a certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority; Finance professionals must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) - Pass the ABV exam (or a qualifying valuation exam)

    • Meet minimum experience and education requirements

    • Finance professionals must complete training on the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct

    Once requirements are met, you’re ready to apply online for the credential.

    Full requirement details can be found in the ABV Credential Handbook.

    Once you obtain the credential, you’ll have access to additional benefits.

    • Advocacy: Support with federal and international regulatory issues

    • ABV marketing toolkit — Promote your expertise with ease

    • Inclusion in the Membership and Credential Holder Directory

    • Discounts on AICPA and vendor events and products

    • Networking opportunities with other ABV credential holders

    From $199 /yr

    CITP Credential

    Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)

    Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)

    The CITP® credential acknowledges the intersection of technology and financial reporting. If you do too, train as a trusted adviser in:

    • Cybersecurity

    • Business intelligence and data analytics

    • IT governance, risks and controls

    Requirements:

    • AICPA membership

    • A valid and unrevoked CPA license, or a certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority

    • Pass the CITP examination

    The CITP Exam is a year-round online-based exam. You can take the exam at a testing center or in a remotely proctored environment.

    The exam requirement is waived for candidates who have passed ISACA’s Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®) certification exam).

    Once the requirements are met, please apply online for the credential.

    The prestigious credential will give you access to valuable tools and resources.

    • The public, online credential/designation directory

    • CITP marketing toolkit — easily promote your expertise

    • The Privacy Management Framework (PMF) mapping tool

    • CITP Champion Program — network with state societies and universities

    • Discounts on CPE, including conferences and certificate programs

    From $235 /yr

    CEIV Credential

    Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations (CEIV)

    Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuation (CEIV)

    Fair value measurements for entities and intangible assets for financial reporting purposes includes business combinations, testing goodwill and other long-lived assets for impairment, estimating the fair value of intangible assets such as customer relationships, patents and more.

    You understand the importance of expertise, quality, consistency and transparency in the performance of fair value measurements. Tell the world with an AICPA Certified in Entity and Intangible ValuationsTM (CEIV TM) credential.

    Requirements:

    • AICPA membership in good standing

    • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent

    • Pass a qualifying valuation exam

    • Complete the CEIV credential education

    • Meet the CEIV experience requirements (submission of experience attestation required)

    • Pass the CEIV credential exam

    • Complete course on AICPA Code of Conduct (finance professionals only)

    • Sign a Declaration of Intent to comply with the requirements of CEIV Recertification

    From $235 /yr

    CVFI Conventional Pathway

    Certified in the Valuation of Financial Instruments (CVFI)

    Certified in the Valuation of Financial Instruments (CVFI)

    Quality, consistency and transparency in the valuation of financial instruments are crucial. Financial reporting must convey a comprehensive understanding of the valuation of derivatives, structured products, securitized debt and more. The CVFI® credential highlights your expertise. Further, the credential signifies your:

    • Knowledge about the level of documentation needed to support valuations
    • Commitment to protecting the public interest
    • Adherence to the respected AICPA Code of Professional Conduct

    Requirements:

    • AICPA membership in good standing
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Meet minimum experience and education requirements (submission of experience attestation required).

    Once requirements are met, you’re ready to apply online for the credential.

    • Display your knowledge of the full cycle of valuation processes
    • Convey your expertise in standards and regulations
    • Instill confidence in your current and potential clients
    • Gain access to financial professionals across industries

    From $235 /yr

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