As a firm and as individuals, we constantly strive to elevate our professional credentials through continuing education. As a result, our firm enjoys an unusually high percentage of advanced credentials for a firm of 22 people. All the following listed credentials require rigorous preparation and testing above and beyond the requirements for the CPA. The following table explains what the credentials mean and describes the groups that issue these credentials.
CPA – Certified Public Accountant (Professional license regulated by each state)
ABV – Accredited in Business Valuation (specialty credential issued by the AICPA – the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
CFE – Certified Fraud Examiner (specialty credential issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners)
CVA – Certified Valuation Analyst (specialty credential issued by NACVA – the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts)
AVA – Accredited Valuation Analyst (specialty credential issued by NACVA). The NACVA issues the CVA only to CPAs; the AVA has the same qualification standards but is issued to non CPA’s who otherwise meet the credential standards
EA – Enrolled Agent (credential issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury authorizing practice before the IRS. This credential is not necessary for licensed attorneys and CPA’s)