Accounting Certifications You Must Be Aware Of

 

Thinking of getting a certification in accounting? or Have you already got one? Did you know about other certifications in accounting?

In this article, we’ve summarized the accounting certifications by major countries (US, UK, Canada, and Australia) which you must be aware of. The certification is sub-divided into three categories of accounting:

  • Mainstream Certified/Chartered Accountants
  • Management Accountants
  • Taxation Accountants

Mainstream Certified/Chartered Accountants

These are the most common certification in accounting. An individual with the certification commonly works in accounting firms, industry, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. The summary of major accounting certifications are:

CA, CPA, ACCA

 

Management Accountants

This is the certification for professionals who’d like to work in managerial accounting. The most common certifications are:

CMA, CIMA Global, IMA

 

Taxation Accountants

Those who’d like to specialize in taxation prefer to get these common certifications in taxation:

Chartered tax adviser, ATAP, IRS, Enrolled Agents

 

Listing of the certifications:

Chartered Accountants (CA)

  • Institute of Chartered Accountant of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy

  • CIPFA, UK

Associate Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK

CPA

  • Certified Public Accountant, US
  • Chartered Professional Accountant, Canada
  • Certified Practising Accountant, Australia

IPA

  • Institute of Public Accountants, Australia

IFA

  • Institute of Financial Accountants, UK

AIA

  • The Association of International Accountants, UK

CIMA

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK

CMA

  • Institute of Management Accountants, US
  • Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia

 Certified in Strategy & Competitive Analysis (CSCA)

  • Institute of Management Accountants, US

Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

  • Chartered Institute of Taxation, UK
  • Taxation Institute of Australia

ATAP

  • Association of Tax & Accounting Professionals, Canada

Enrolled Agents

  • Internal Revenue Service, US
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