Trying to find a certification program that meets your needs? Several career options, with corresponding programs, are listed here. Learn what the American Institute of CPAs has to say about the Certified Public Accountant designation, why the Certified Fraud Examiner is a hot career path today, and more.
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Sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
With approximately 450,000 active CPAs in the United States, the CPA certification is the most popular professional designation for accountants. But adding "CPA" to your business card is no easy feat, as the CPA exam is known for its extreme difficulty. In addition to the whys and hows of becoming a CPA, SmartPros brings you exclusive tips on how to pass the crucial CPA exam.
Sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants
The CMA designation provides corporate management and individual members with an objective measure of knowledge and competence in the field of management accounting. The CFM certification provides members who are involved with corporate cash management, financing and investment decisions, and risk management with a means for further demonstrating an expanded skill set.
Sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
In today's era of specialization, Certified Fraud Examiners are widely recognized as experts in the anti-fraud field. Career opportunities abound for CFEs, and more are growing. The unfortunate reason is simple: fraud has always been with us, and it has never been more prevalent.
Sponsored by the College of Financial Planning
Professional financial planners assist their clients in managing, sheltering and expanding their assets through the development of a comprehensive plan geared toward a client's financial objectives and resources. Virtually anyone with income and expenses can use a Financial Planner and concerns about inflation, changing tax laws and the need to plan early for retirement are more prevalent than ever before.
Sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors
Evaluating emerging technologies, analyzing opportunities, examining global issues. Assessing quality, economy, and efficiency. Providing accurate and timely communication. Such diversity gives internal auditors a broad perspective on the organization. And that makes internal auditors a valuable resource to executive management and boards of directors in accomplishing overall goals and objectives, as well as strengthening internal control and governance.
Sponsored by the National Association of Tax Practitioners
Often called the "best kept secret in accounting," Enrolled Agents provide an important service to the public, government and accounting community. An EA is an individual designation provided by the IRS. It is one of the few designations that signify a concentration of competency in the field of taxation. Unlike CPAs, who may or may not provide tax services, Enrolled Agents specialize in taxation. Learn more about the designation is this section.
Sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants
Over 13,000 individuals have received the CGFM designation, the first certification broad enough to cover the whole field of government financial management - federal, state and local. It deals not with testing a person in a specific area, but with measuring a wide range of knowledge and skills that a professional needs to succeed in the federal government financial environment, or to meet the unique challenges faced by state and local government financial managers.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Sponsored by the Association for Investment Management and Research
Chartered Financial Analysts, represented by the Association for Investment Management and Research, are employed as securities analysts, portfolio managers, strategists, consultants, educators, and other investment specialists in a variety of fields, including investment counseling and management, banking, insurance, and investment banking and brokerage firms.
The Certified Business Manager, CBM, is to a business manager as the CPA is to an accountant, as the PE is to an engineer, and as the CFA is to an investment analyst. The CBM is designed to complement existing specialty certifications (CPA, CIA, etc.), to validate a business professional’s practical business experience and knowledge, and to act as an efficient preparatory tool for a graduate business program.
Sponsored by Universal Accounting Center
Today's universities train individuals in the complexities of audit, tax, and accounting standards for large corporations. Little is mentioned regarding the day-to-day accounting practices for the small business. In choosing a bookkeeper/accountant, a small business owner should seek a professional qualified to support the needs of his/her small business. The Professional Bookkeeper designation recognizes individuals with small business bookkeeping and accounting expertise in a variety of industries.