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Accounting Certifications

Provided by James R. Martin, Ph.D., CMA
Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida

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Citation: Martin, J. R. Not dated. Accounting Certifications. Management And Accounting Web.

Organizations, Certifications and Links

Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ICAT)

The ACAT page includes links to the following:
ABA - Accredited Business Accountant
ATA - Accredited Tax Advisor
ATP - Accredited Tax Preparer
ARA - Accredited Retirement Advisor

American College of Forensic Examiners

CrFA - Certified Forensic Accountant

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

CPA - Certified Public Accountant

Specialty Certifications for CPA's include the following:

ABV - Accredited in Business Valuation
CFF - Certified in Financial Forensics
CITP - Certified Information Technology Professional
CGMA - Chartered Global Management Accountant
PFS - Personal Financial Specialist

American Payroll Association

CPP - Certified Payroll Professional

American Society for Quality

CBA - Certified Biomedical Auditor

American Society of Appraisers

ASA - Accredited Senior Appraiser

American Society of Military Comptrollers

CDFM - Certified Defense Financial Manager

Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist

CAMS - Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

CFE - Certified Fraud Examiner

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

CCA - Chartered Certified Accountant
CERTIA - Certificate in International Auditing
CERTIFR - Certificate in International Financial Reporting
DIPIFR - Diploma in International Financial Reporting

Association of Financial Professionals

CTP - Certified Treasury Professional
FP&A - Certified Financial Planning & Analysis Professional

Association of Government Accountants

CGFM - Certified Government Financial Manager

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors

CIRA - Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor

Association of Professionals in Business Management

CABM - Certified Associate Business Manager
CBM - Certified Business Manager

Bank Administration Institute

CBA - Certified Bank Auditor
CRP - Certified Risk Professional
AMLP - Anti-Money Laundering Professional Certification

Board of Environmental Health & Safety Auditing

CPEA - Certified Professional Environmental Auditor

Chartered Financial Analyst Institute

CFA - Chartered Financial Analyst
CIPM - Certificate in Investment Performance
CIC - Claritas Investment Certificate

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards

CFP - Certified Financial Planner

Forensic CPA Society

FCPA - Forensic CPA Certification

Government Finance Officers Association

CPFO - Certified Public Finance Officer

Healthcare Financial Management Association

CHFP - Certified Healthcare Financial Professional

Information Systems Audit Control Association

CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor
CISM - Certified Information Systems Manager
CGEIT - Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT
CRISC - Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control

Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts

CDFA - Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals

CCIFP - Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional

Institute of Internal Auditors

CIA - Certified Internal Auditor
CGAP - Certified Government Auditing Professional
CFSA - Certified Financial Services Auditor
CCSA - Certification in Control Self-Assessment
CRMA - Certification in Risk Management Assurance

Institute of Management Accountants

CMA - Certified Management Accountant
CSCA - Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis

Internal Revenue Service

EA - Enrolled Agent

Investment Training and Consulting Institute

CIDA - Certified Investments and Derivatives Auditor

National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts

CVA - Certified Valuation Analyst
AVA - Accredited Valuation Analyst
ABAR - Accredited in Business Appraisal Review
MAFF - Master Analyst in Financial Forensics - Formerly CFFA - Certified Forensic Financial Analyst

National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers

CPB - Certified Public Bookkeeper


Articles and links related to Digital Badges:

Pope, K. R. 2015. Overhauling ethics education: Engaging students digitally will give them a better learning experience and will help them remember the lessons throughout their careers. Strategic Finance (August): 40-47. (Recommends adopting a multimedia learning approach, integrating digital badging, promoting social learning, and incorporating microlearning platforms. For more on digital badges see Alliance for Excellent Education: Expanding education and workforce opportunities through digital badges and DigitalBadges.pdf).

Stone, E. 2015. Digital badges: A hot career booster. Strategic Finance (June): 19-20. (According to Stone a recognized credentialing organization issues digital badges and those who receive them can post their digital badges on LinkedIn using a procedure provided in LinkedIn's help section. For example, IMA issues digital badges to members in the IMA leadership recognition program (, and to students in the new IMA Accounting Honor Society program ( For more on digital badges see Mozilla wiki - Badges at

The Future of Education: Epic 2020 - This You-tube video discusses how "badges" of academic education and training accomplishment may become more important in the job market than tradition transcript credits awarded by colleges.

Related summaries:

Brausch, J. M. and D. Whitney. 2009. CMA: The quest for increasing value. Strategic Finance (December): 9-10, 12. (Summary).

Hargadon, J. M. and L. R. Fuller. 2010. Take less - and earn more. Strategic Finance (March): 47-53. (Note).

Krippel, G. L. and S. Mitchell. 2011. What's your CMA worth? We show you how to estimate the lifetime value of the certification. Strategic Finance (November): 41-47. (Note).

Krippel, G. L., J. Moody and S. Mitchell. 2016. CPA credential delivers high value. Journal of Accountancy (May): 32-36. (Summary).

Martin, J. R. Not dated. Accounting Job Boards. Management And Accounting Web.

Martin, J. R. Not dated. Training programs for accounting graduates. Management And Accounting Web

Martin, J. R. 2017. IMA Salary Calculators 2010-2016. Management And Accounting Web.

Schiffel, L., K. A. Smith and D. L. Schroeder. 2011. IMA 2010 salary survey: How's that recovery workin' for you? Strategic Finance (June): 26-46. (Summary).