You do not have to be a CPA to obtain the certificate. CPAs, CGMAs, finance professionals, CFOs, controllers, management accountants, public accountants, partners, managers, and staff are all eligible to earn the certificate. Those who earn the certificate will receive the recommended CPE credits.
No; however, we do recommend you take the program certificates in the following order:
There is no formal application process for this certificate program(s). Interested individuals can purchase the program online.
There are no specific annual requirements for maintaining your certificate(s). However, we anticipate some courses may be updated every 1–3 years as changes occur to the finance function. 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 your 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.
Yes. The AICPA is a NASBA-approved provider of CPE; therefore, all the courses in the certificate programs will qualify for CPE credit.
The program is designed for finance and accounting professionals who want to understand the future better and how they can adapt to a changing environment. In this three certificate program, you will learn how to manage the disruption affecting the finance function, ignite change to ready yourself and your function for the future, and what skills and capabilities you need to cultivate.
You have the flexibility to select the format that fits your learning style. Learn at your own pace with online self-study, join a live, interactive in-person workshop, or participate via webcast. Upon completion of any format, you will be awarded with a digital badge and CPE credits.
Pricing varies based on the format you choose. See the product page for details.
We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with the program; however, program fees will be refunded on a pro-rata basis and, if there are modules where the exam has been completed and CPE credit has been granted, the full retail value for the module(s) will be deducted from the refund amount.
Duration depends on the individual and the desired format as well as the certificate that is selected. See the product page for details.
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 it does not expire. However, we anticipate that some individual courses may be updated every 1–3 years to reflect changes to the finance function. 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.
Your certificate will be issued electronically as a digital badge. For information on how digital badges work, please see Digital Badge FAQs.
You will receive an email within 15 business days of completing the program with instructions to accept and share your digital badge with your professional network.
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.