There are many certifications for accounting, and each is designed to demonstrate proficiency in a specific area of the field. Those certifications include Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).
One of the most widely recognized accounting certifications is that of the CPA. The CPA designation is offered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is granted to those who pass the Uniform CPA Examination and meet the education and experience requirements. The education requirements include a minimum of 150 credit hours studying accounting or a related field. The experience requirements involve work experience as an accounting professional, which is a typically requirement to become licensed as a CPA.