Certification/Licensure

Certification is highly recommended in the accounting profession. Many certifications exist that offer credentialing in specific areas of expertise within accounting. Some of the more widely recognized organizations and their certifications are listed below.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Anyone interested in becoming a public accountant must become licensed by passing the CPA. The American Institute of CPAs governs the Uniform CPA exam to ensure appropriate licensing and professionalism in this discipline.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

The Institute of Management Accountants is dedicated to re-balancing the accountancy profession by educating society regarding the business building role of management accountants and finance professionals working inside organizations.

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

The CIA is administered by the Institute of Internal Auditors, and is globally accepted by employers as the premier certification for professionalism and competence in the area of internal auditing practices.

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is an anti-fraud organization committed to reducing fraud around the globe and promoting the integrity of its members. The exam seeks to identify expertise in prevention, detection, and deterrence of fraud, a skill that is increasingly sought after by employers across all industries.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

The CISA is a global standard for information systems auditing professionals. The exam identifies technical expertise in the area of IS auditing, control and security.