Congratulations! You’ve graduated and have a little experience under your belt. But, remember the road to accounting success doesn’t stop here. Now that you are a CPA, consider enhancing your skill set with specialized credentials. You need credentials and memberships if you want to stand out from the crowd and see those starting salaries and entry level positions in your rear-view mirror. And who doesn’t like that!? Pursuing the next step and chasing new credentials helps you expand your knowledge in an area of interest and signal to employers that you are dedicated to professional development.
So now you know why those credentials are important and you’re ready to rev up your career! Based on your interests and the type of work you do as a CPA, you may want to consider one (or more) of these:
• Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) – The globally recognized designation for management accountants.
• Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) – Position yourself as a premier valuation services provider and increase public awareness of the CPA as the preferred business valuation professional.
• Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) – Showcase your specialized CPA forensic accounting skills in bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization, computer forensic analysis, economic damages calculations, fraud prevention and valuations.
• Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) – Demonstrate your unique ability, as a CPA, to provide business insight by leveraging knowledge of information relationships and supporting technologies.
• Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) – The only personal financial planning credential exclusively offered to CPAs. The PFS credential demonstrates your expertise and financial planning insight to prospective clients and employers.