Are you thinking about adding an additional accounting designation to your resume? Here’s why you should pursue an additional accounting credential: it will undoubtedly benefit your career.
If you’re currently an Enrolled Agent, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Auditing Professional, or have chosen any of the other career paths a finance professional may work toward – as long as you have the time, mental capacity and patience, you’re in a great position to add an additional accounting certification to your resume.
Whether you’re thinking about pursuing your CPA, CMA, CISA, CFE, CGAP or another accounting designation – the ability to increase your earning potential will only increase as you add more professional credentials to your skillset. There is no such thing as “the best accounting certification” – the best accounting designation for you is the one with the associated experience requirements you’re able to complete while balancing the rest of your personal and professional responsibilities.
Many accounting professionals need to fulfill an education requirement, like a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year degree, and typically need to fulfill some amount of work experience – such as within an accounting firm – within the accounting designations respective field. Once you complete all experience requirements, there are a variety of professional groups in the United States – including the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Institute of Management Accountants AKA the IMA, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association AKA the ISACA – that you will be able to join to further expand your professional network and gain access to useful industry resources.
Having trouble choosing which accounting credential you should pursue? Check out our brief breakdown of what work experience and education requirements each accounting designation demands.
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Joshua Jenson, CPA here. My friends and clients call me “JJ the CPA” and I have a question for you – and I think I know the answer.
Should you pursue an additional credential? The first step on the road toward adding another accounting designation to your resume is to ask yourself whether you have the time within your busy schedule to complete the associated requirements or not. While adding a credential will undoubtedly benefit your career – the journey to obtaining an additional accounting certification will require significant effort.
Perhaps you already obtained your Certified Public Accountant license or you’re thinking of adding the CMA to your skillset. Maybe you’ve been working as a Certified Management Accountant for some time and you’re wondering what it takes to get your CIA. Whatever situation you’re in – whether you’re a CPA, CMA, CIA, CISA, CFE, or CFA, or hold any other of the many positions as a financial professional, you know how beneficial accounting skills can be.
Your career path to becoming a Financial Analyst, Enrolled Agent, Certified Fraud Examiner, Tax Preparation Specialist, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Payroll Professional – or any other of the many finance roles one can pursue – it all has its own set of study demands, educational requirements, and work experience before you are able to join the ranks of your fellow accounting professionals. The journey to obtaining an accounting designation is rarely an easy one.
Most accounting certifications require pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or even a Master’s degree where the student must complete varying amounts of credit hours within their major. Many accounting professionals are required to gain work experience in accounting firms or under the mentorship of another financial professional in their field, and join organizations respective to their accounting designation – including the Institute of Management Accountants otherwise known as the IMA, or the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants otherwise known as the AICPA. Within your accounting credential of choice comes a number of necessary prerequisites that need to be met before taking your respective exam – whether it be your CPA Exam, CMA, or the SEE Exam, or the CISA, or CIA Exams.
The short answer is: YES. You should definitely add another credential to your current accounting designation, but only if you can realistically balance your current responsibilities with whatever education and work experience you will need to fulfill.
So, you want to learn more about how much – if any – work and study time you will need to get an additional accounting certification? We’ve got you covered.
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