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Other Professional Certifications

Finance and accounting degrees at Saunders help prepare your for pursuing the following certifications, in addition to the CPA (Certified Public Accountant). All of these accounting certifications have various career focuses, which may be the right fit for you. Learn more about these certifications using the links provided below.  

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
The CMA certification is designed to measure critical accounting and financial skills in business. Those who have the certification are able to achieve advancement similar to those who hold the CPA certification. Achieving both certifications demonstrates that not only do you have a solid foundation in accounting principles and practices, but also that you have the skills necessary to achieve business growth and development. To learn more visit imanet.org.

Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
CFA certification demonstrates your ability to advise others on short and long-term goals. It indicates that you adhere to a strict level of ethical standards, while also indicating that you have proven experience in the field of financial planning. For more information visit cfp.net.

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
If you plan to become an internal auditor, the CIA certification exemplifies your adherence to a firm level of professionalism as an internal auditor. It shows that not only are you competent but that you are also credible. More information on the CIA certification can be found at na.theiia.org.

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) administers CFE certifications which are recognized around the world for professionals with proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence. Learn more at acfe.com.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
The CISA certification is world-renowned as the standard of achievement for those who audit, control, monitor and assess an organization’s information technology and business systems. The recent quarterly IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index (ITSCPI) from Foote Partners ranked CISA among the most sought-after and highest-paying IT certifications. Learn more at isaca.org

Enrolled Agent (EA)
An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual and business tax returns, or through experience as a former IRS employee. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Learn more at irs.gov/tax-professionals

Chartered Global Management Accountant
CGMA is the most widely held management accounting designation in the world with more than 150,000 designees. It was established in 2012 by the  AICPA and CIMA to recognise a unique group of management accountants who have reached the highest benchmark of quality and competence. The CGMA designation is built on extensive global research to maintain the highest relevance with employers and develop the competencies most in demand. CGMA designation holders qualify through rigorous education, exam and experience requirements. Learn more at cgma.org

Certified Financial Analyst (CFA)
The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential is held by over 150,000 professionals around the world. The charter gives a strong understanding of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. The CFA Program is a self-study, graduate-level program divided into three levels of exams. Passing these exams is one step to becoming a CFA charterholder. Learn more at cfp.net

Preparing for Certification Exams

You are encouraged to explore the many tools and resources available to help you with preparing for certification exams. One source you may consider is Gleim Exam Prep, as they offer student discounts for CPA, CMA, CIA, and EA exams.

Additional Certification Resources

You can also find more professional certifications in Accounting, Tax, Audit, etc. from the links below: