Accounting Certifications And Designations

Looking For Specialized Accounting Certification Programs?

Accounting is a highly competitive field. Obtaining an Accounting Certification or Professional Accounting Designation could increase ones marketability and help set individuals apart from others. But not all accounting designations are alike.Accounting Certifications

The accounting certificate program you're seeking if you're trying to learn how to become a public accountant differs from the one you'd seek if you were interested in being a financial planner — which differs from the accountant certification you'd need as an enrolled agent.

Furthermore, each of these accounting certifications requires satisfactory completion of different types of accounting exams, so you'll have to be sure to study the material relevant to the particular designation you want in order to get the certification you desire. Fortunately, the CPA Training Center is equipped with a wide range of professional accounting certification courses to meet your needs no matter which Accounting Designation you seek.

By obtaining an Accounting Designation, individuals are proving to potential and/or current employers that they have the commitment and have put forth the extra effort to succeed in one's chosen Accounting profession. And the CPA Training Center offers some of the best online accounting certificate programs

See below for a list of accounting certification trainings that the CPA Training Center has available, and click on the designation you're interested in to find out how to sign up for a training near you.

Accounting Certifications / Professional Accounting Designations

An Accounting Certification is an excellent way to both improve your job skills and your earning potential. To fit your preferred learning style, we offer in-person, online, and self-study accounting certificate programs.

Below are a few of our most-popular Accounting Certifications - including several of the best online accounting certificate programs; simply click on a course title or image to see more details or to order that Accounting Certification.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    CPA certifications are the oldest accounting designations and the ones commanding the highest respect. Anyone looking for an accountant knows that a CPA represents the highest level of quality in the field. The CPA Certification is the most prominent professional designation for Accountants. CPA's play a vital role in any business or organization, and are highly sought-after in Public, Private and Government sectors.CPA Review Courses

    CPAs are licensed by the state and are the only accountants permitted to provide professional opinions on the financials of publicly traded companies. A CPA is required for those with tax issues who need an accountant, as they're qualified to write audit reports, prepare and sign others’ tax returns and represent clients to the IRS.

    If you're certified as a CPA, you're also certified to perform the responsibilities of the other accounting designations on this list. However, you may decide to opt for one or more of these other designations instead for a number of reasons, including:

    • You prefer to specialize in one particular type of accounting, such as payroll
    • You do not have a college degree. All CPAs are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree and have taken a requisite number of accounting courses. Other accounting designations do not have this requirement, so if getting a degree is not a feasible option at this time, a different accounting certification may be a more practical option
    • You would like to start with a designation that's easier to obtain. The CPA certification requires successful completion of four exams, covering 16 hours in length. In contrast, for certification as a Certified Internal Auditor, you need to successfully complete only three exams covering 6.5 hours.
  • Certified 401(K) Administrator
    401(k) Plan Training & Certification is ideal for human resource professionals, HR department heads, and Third Party Administrators who handle the day-to-day issues and administration of 401(k) Plans. 401(k) administrator is an extremely important position, as many of a company’s employees will depend on you for their retirement. This certification may also provide you with good job prospects, as those with CPAs may not be seeking positions for such a narrow specialization.

    This certification goes in depth not only in what documents a 401(k) plan requires but also how to handle vesting, taxation, distributions, plan forfeitures and more.
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
    The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification is the undisputed professional credential for individuals whose primary responsibilities are focused upon internal auditing. Most CIAs find themselves doing audits for large companies, helping them stay in compliance.
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
    The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation is the undisputed professional credential for persons who typically advise clients on a wide array of financial planning issues. The CFP designation signifies that an individual working in this field has attained comprehensive knowledge of the following subjects: fundamentals of personal financial planning, insurance and employment benefits, investment planning, income tax planning, planning for retirement, estate planning.

    The Certified Financial Planner designation is probably the most popular accounting certification after the CPA. If you're interested in going into fields like wealth management or retirement planning, this is the certification to pursue. While you can advise clients on investing and personal finance with just a CPA, you'll probably find that you're better equipped to provide those services if you seek the CFP as well.

    While the CFP certification does not require a bachelor's degree, it can still be difficult to obtain, because testing is available no more than twice a year and requires successful completion of 18 hours worth of examinations (three exams).
  • Certified Payroll Administrator
    Certified Payroll Manager DesignationAmong all the internal operations of contemporary U.S. businesses, perhaps none is subject to as many governmental regulations and requirements as payroll.
  • Certified Payroll Manager
    Originally a technical skill, payroll today is a professional discipline. Now you can enhance your skills with a Certified Payroll Manager designation.
  • Chartered Tax Professional (CTP)
    After successfully completing the first two 30-hour tax courses in the CTP? certificate program, (most students finish in just 10 weeks or less) you will be qualified to prepare individual tax returns for almost all U.S. taxpayers!
  • Enrolled Agent
    If you see a future exclusively in helping businesses or individuals with their taxes, you may choose to pursue an Enrolled Agent Certification. This certification does not have the educational or examination requirements of the CPA, but it fully immerses you in tax knowledge and effectively allows you to do anything a CPA can do with respect to taxes and the IRS. This certification was created specifically by the IRS for this purpose, so you can be confident that if you have the EA designation, you're fully prepared to handle any tax issue.Enrolled Agent Certification

    Like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), Enrolled Agents may represent all taxpayers from individuals with simple tax returns to Fortune 100 tax returns. EA's face no restrictions on the types of tax matters they can handle, and the IRS offices before which they can practice.
  • Forensic Certified Public Accountant
    The Forensic Certified Public Accountant designation is one of the few accounting designations where it may pay to add this certification even if you already have a CPA. The Forensic Certified Public Accountant designation tells the public and the business community that the holder has met certain testing and experience guidelines and is not only a CPA, but has been certified as a forensic accountant.

    This certification means that as a Forensic CPA, you can do everything a normal CPA does, but you're also qualified to investigate financial irregularities, discovering possible cases of fraud, dealing with financial civil disputes and the like.
  • Professional Bookkeeper
    The Professional Bookkeeper certification uniquely announces to employers and clients that you have proven your ability through training, testing, and experience to provide full bookkeeping and accounting services competently.
  • Tax Court Rep
    CPAs or Enrolled Agents who are seeking to have greater interaction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the right to practice in U.S. Tax Court can pursue a tax specialty designation referred to as "Admitted to Practice, U.S. Tax Court" by successfully passing the Tax Court Exam.
Prepare For Your Accounting Designation Certification The Right Way With The CPA Training Center

No matter which accounting designations you're seeking, the way to prepare for your accounting certification exam is with a CPA Training Center. Our proven training materials and study methods can provide you with everything you need to pass your accounting certification exam the first time.

At the CPA Training Center, we tailor our study options to the way you learn best. That means we can provide you with scheduled live classes, online instruction or self-study materials. This way, whether you learn best through direct interaction with qualified instructors, by learning digitally from home at your own pace or by creating your own study structure, we can accommodate you.

Our instructors are extremely knowledgeable in the world of accounting and highly skilled at communicating the important information you need to know to pass your accounting exam. To find the study materials you need, click the link to the accounting certification you're seeking above, or find seminars in your state by selecting your preferred designation and location in the fields below. Get started on the road to your accounting certification by finding your training now!
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What Are The Best Accounting Certification Programs

The best accounting certificate programs cover a wide range of student needs and goals. Typically, students start with auditing, taxation, and accounting certification programs because these skills are broadly needed and are the easiest for which to train.

Once these basic skills are mastered, students often seek training for more advance accounting certificate programs on topic like:While each of these advanced accounting certifications require additional training, it is usually well worth it to you financially.
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