Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
The AICPA provides specialized access to information, education, tools and support that enhance Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential holders' ability to make a genuine difference for their clients and employers. ABV credential holders may brand or position themselves as premier business valuation service providers who differentiate themselves by going beyond the core service of reaching a conclusion of value and creating value for clients through the strategic application of this analysis.
The ABV Credential is exclusively granted by the AICPA to qualified CPAs. To earn the ABV Credential, candidates must meet minimum qualification requirements, which are based on successfully passing the ABV Examination and meeting minimum valuation-related business experience and education requirements.
Chartered Accountant (CA)
A Chartered Accountant (CA) designation given to accounting professionals in many countries around the world outside of the United States typically proves the holder has the qualifications to audit financial statements and business practices as well as offer advisory services to clientele. The equivalent to a CA designation in the U.S. is the CPA.
Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor (CIRA)
Rendering financial advisory services in the business turnaround, restructuring and bankruptcy practice areas requires both special knowledge and extensive relevant experience. In 1992, the AIRA established the Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor program to recognize by public awareness and certification those individuals who possess a high degree of knowledge and proficiency across a spectrum of functions related to serving clients in situations involving distressed and/or insolvent entities. Such expertise includes accounting, operations, strategic, taxation and finance issues related to business bankruptcy and insolvency.
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential in 2008 for CPAs who specialize in forensic accounting. The CFF credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience. The CFF encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas, including: bankruptcy; electronic data analysis; family law; valuations; fraud prevention, detection, and response; financial statement misrepresentation; and damages calculations.
Chartered Global Management Accountant Designation (CGMA)
The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) is a global management accounting designation that recognizes the unique role played by men and women at organizations around the world who combine accounting and financial expertise with strategic insight to guide better business decisions. Additionally, it recognizes the management accounting experience and expertise of accountants in academia.
Created through a joint venture of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the CGMA designation recognizes the competencies and expertise of management accountants who are leading the world’s most successful organizations, and teaching at universities around the world, preparing the management accounting leaders of tomorrow. It demonstrates management accounting expertise in such areas as leading strategically with management to make more informed decisions; helping organizations manage change, risk and uncertainty; protecting corporate assets; and promoting operational efficiency and effectiveness.
The Certified Tax Resolution Specialist (CTRS)
The Certified Tax Resolution Specialist designation is awarded by the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS) to individuals who have met the educational, experience, and examination requirements prescribed by ASTPS.The services a CTRS provides to individuals and businesses include securing Offers In Compromise, Installment Agreements, Penalty Abatement, Innocent Spouse Relief, Release of Liens or Levies, Non-Filer issues and many others.
Enrolled Agent (EA)
An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual or business tax returns, or through experience as a former IRS employee. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
An MBA is a level up from an undergraduate business degree, and once achieved generally places the graduate well above those with only undergraduate degrees. Most major universities and colleges provide MBA programs, which usually last two years. To get into an MBA program, an applicant needs to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and be accepted by the program based on its selection criteria.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) represents the CPA profession nationally regarding rule-making and standard-setting, and serves as an advocate before legislative bodies, public interest groups and other professional organizations. The AICPA develops standards for audits of private companies and other services by CPAs; provides educational guidance materials to its members; develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination; and monitors and enforces compliance with the profession’s technical and ethical standards.
The AICPA’s founding established accountancy as a profession distinguished by rigorous educational requirements, high professional standards, a strict code of professional ethics, a licensing status and a commitment to serving the public interest.
The Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA)
The Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA) is a nonprofit professional association serving the bankruptcy, restructuring and turnaround practice area. AIRA's membership consists of accountants, financial advisors, investment bankers, attorneys, workout consultants, trustees, and others in the field of business turnaround, restructuring and bankruptcy. AIRA members are among the most trusted and sought-after professionals in matters dealing with limited capital resources and deteriorating operating performance.
The American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS)
The American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS), is a national non-profit membership association, which was created in 2003 to address the needs of a special group of professionals. The Society is comprised of Attorneys, CPAs, and Enrolled Agents who regularly deal with clients suffering from IRS problems.
ASTPS provides continuing education regarding changes in IRS laws, and new strategies in dealing with the IRS. ASTPS members are continuously kept up to date with the newest and best ways to represent their clients.
California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) is established to advance the profession of accountancy in the state of California to encourage the maintenance of high professional standards for the certified public accountant; to cultivate a cordial relationship among practicing accountants; to promote a better lay understanding of the services rendered by certified public accountants; and to act in a representative capacity for the profession.
California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA)
California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA) is a nonprofit 501(c) (6) organization with more than 4,100 active Members. It is a progressive professional association dedicated to serving EAs in California and abroad, enabling them to grow, prospers, and lead as The Tax Professionals while serving taxpayers in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment with integrity and trust.
Enrolled Agents who join CSEA agree to abide by a strict code of ethics and to fulfill 25% more education per year than other EAs. When looking for help or guidance from a tax professional, taxpayers are therefore urged to find a Member of the California Society of Enrolled Agents to help ensure they don’t pay too much or risk an audit.
National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA)
National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) is dedicated to helping its members maintain the highest level of knowledge, skills and professionalism in all areas of taxation, so that members may most effectively represent the needs of their clients.
NAEA provides valuable services to tax professionals and taxpayers alike. For example, NAEA members are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of CE each year in the interpretation, application and administration of federal tax laws in order to maintain membership in the organization.
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is the foremost accountancy body in South Africa and one of the leading Institutes in the world. It plays an influential role in a highly dynamic business sector.