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T here are a many accounting certifications that finance professionals can use to enhance their careers with each designation being slightly different. Depending on your career focus, some accounting certifications may be a better fit than others, and in some cases, having more than one credential could be beneficial.

Common Accounting Designations in the United States

Certified Public Accounting (CPA)

The Certified Public Accountant credential is the oldest and most respected accounting designation in the profession and is a designation awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). CPAs are financial advisors who help individuals and business to plan and reach their financial goals. CPAs are:

  • The only accountants who are licensed by state governments
  • Allowed to write audit reports
  • Allowed to give opinions on publicly traded company financial statements
  • Able to sign tax returns as paid preparers and represent clients in front of the IRS.

It’s important to note that all CPAs are accountants, but not all accountants are CPAs.

Becoming a CPA

  • To become a CPA, you first need to fulfill the education requirement from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university, with credit hours equivalent to a bachelor’s degree 
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