Accounting certifications can be used to enhance your career, achieve promotions and get pay raises. There are a range of options available and some may be a better fit for you than others, depending on your career goals. The following is a sample list of certifications available in the accounting area.
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT (CPA)
CPA Exam and Certification
Each state’s Accountancy Board governs the awarding of the CPA certificate. These Accountancy Boards follow the requirements as outlined by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) which provides the CPA exam. The CPA exam is a uniform exam across the United States. However, each state may have slightly different requirements when a candidate can sit for the exam and obtain the CPA certificate. Please check the Board of Accountancy of the state that you plan to sit for the CPA exam and obtain the CPA certificate for the most recent requirements.
Kent State University has scholarships available for review materials for the CMA exam.
The general process of sitting for the CMA exam and obtaining the CMA certificate can be found at the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) website.
CERTIFIED INTERNAL AUDITOR (CIA)
The general process of sitting for the CIA exam and obtaining the CIA certificate can be found at the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) website.
CERTIFIED FRAUD EXAMINER (CFE)
The general process of sitting for the CFE exam and obtaining the CFE certificate can be found at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) website.
Kent State University has an anti-fraud education partnership with the ACFE.
CHARTERED GLOBAL MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT (CGMA) DESIGNATION
The general process of sitting for the CGMA exam and obtaining the CGMA designation can be found at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) website.
Kent State University is in the pilot program with AICPA/CIMA for the CGMA designation.