You do not have to be a CPA to obtain the certificate or digital badge. CPAs, non-IT finance professionals, CFOs, controllers, management accountants, public accountants, partners, managers, and internal auditors are all eligible to earn the certificate. Those who earn the certificate or digital badge will receive the recommended CPE credits.
There is no prerequisite for the Data Analytics Executive Series or for the Data Analyst Certificate Program. You may opt to take any of the individual data analytics certificates that make up the Data Analyst Certificate Program. You will need prior knowledge in the subject area, or it is recommended that you complete the previous certificate in the series.
There is no formal application process for this certificate program. Interested individuals can purchase the program online.
There are no specific annual requirements for maintaining your certificate. However, we anticipate that some individual courses may be updated every 1-3 years to reflect changes in the industry. For your certificate to remain current, you will need to successfully complete those updated courses. However, updates are likely to be at a fraction of the cost of the original certificate. Plus, you have access to the program for 24 months from purchase, if the courses are updated during the access period, you will have access to the updated courses at no additional cost.
Actual completion of the program is required to earn the certificate. CPE credit is being awarded for the program, and the CPE standards do not allow for “testing out of” as a way to earn credit.
The certificate program is designed for accounting and finance professionals of any size organization, from any industry interested in learning and applying data analysis techniques to help their organization make informed, data-driven business decisions. The participants are presented with a comprehensive model for understanding the life cycle of organizational data and are given a guided tour of the many tools available for integrating and analyzing data throughout its life cycle.
The program is currently available through self-study online format. Upon completion you will be awarded with a digital badge.
The executive series program is designed for executives with responsibility for financial planning, strategy and analysis for small, medium or large companies. The executive track will help you learn how to empower your team to make proactive, data-driven business decisions. The sessions will give tools and insights to build and implement data-driven strategies within your organization.
The program is offered through a series of four, 1 – 1.5-hour webcasts. Upon completion you will be awarded with a digital badge.
Duration depends on the individual and/or the certificates they choose. The data analyst certificate bundle is a commitment of 65 hours; however, the individual certificates varies between 10 to 15 hours.
For the online self-study format, you have twenty-four (24) months from the date of purchase to complete the course. You are encouraged to complete the program within a twelve (12) month period or less.
The certificate is not a professional credential or license; therefore, they do not expire. However, we anticipate that some individual courses may be updated every 1-3 years to reflect changes in the industry. For your certificate to remain current, you will need to successfully complete those updated courses. However, updates are likely to be at a fraction of the cost of the original certificate. Plus, you have access to the program for 24 months from purchase, if the courses are updated during that period, you will have access to the updated courses at no additional cost. Completion of these updated courses will earn a new Certificate, with the current year’s date.
You will receive your certificate as a digital badge. For more information on the digital badge, please see the Digital Badge FAQs.
The AICPA has the absolute and unrestricted right to revoke or suspend any rights you have to use the digital badge images, or any representation thereof, if you are (a) convicted of any crime punishable by more than one year in prison or for any crime related to dishonesty, or (b) disciplined by any governmental or non-governmental authority that regulates, or enforces a code of conduct related to, your professional activities, including but not limited to, a state board of accountancy, AICPA, IRS, SEC, or PCAOB, or (c) a peer reviewer restricted from performing peer reviews by the Peer Review Program.
Please email CertificatePrograms@aicpa-cima.org to get answers for any additional questions you may have.