General Certificates: FAQs

Requirements

You do not have to be a CPA to obtain the certificate. Those who earn the certificate will receive the recommended CPE credits.

Most of our certificates do not have any prerequisites. However, there are few that require familiarity with the subject area or need foundational understanding of the topic.

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.

Format

Most of our certificate programs are offered in multiple formats. 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 view via webcast. Upon completion of any format, you will be awarded with a digital badge.

Pricing

Pricing varies based on the certificate and format of the certificate you choose. See individual certificate websites for more details.

Time/Duration

Duration depends on the individual and/or the desired format and the certificate you choose. 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.

Webcasts and live events depend on the number of hours of the certificate program.

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

Other

With the combined strengths of the American Institute of CPAs and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally. We advocate for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. We are the largest global membership organization for accountants and finance professionals. We have offices in 33 locations around the world. We serve 650,000 members and students in nearly 180 countries. Our members are employed by 150,000 firms and employers worldwide. This allows us to provide insight from the frontlines of business and advocate on behalf of the profession. This means we’re an ideal learning partner for global organizations.

  • Sharpen your toolbox by maintaining professional competence allowing you to continue to learn throughout your career, to develop technical skills, and to keep pace with accountancy changes and innovations
  • Stay relevant, up to date, be more aware of changing trends and directions your profession is heading and reduce the knowledge gap
  • Open up to new possibilities, strategies, knowledge and skill areas and build confidence and credibility as you continue to gain new skill sets and certificates
  • Get new insights and offer them to clients through enhanced services to retain business and maintain the trust and confidence of your clients. You’ll be skilled to move from data to insights. Empowered to transform as a consultant and advisor to your client
  • Hire and retain qualified staff. AICPA certificates are great tools for training future leaders at your organization. By choosing professional development programs that help your employees master skills they need to progress, you can shape the development of your future leaders.

We offer more than 25 certificates in a variety of practice areas including technology, audit and accounting, forensic accounting, risk management and internal control, and tax and life planning. View all

We have over 150 people working to develop high-quality, comprehensive, relevant, and engaging education for the profession. All of our learning programs are based on Bloom's taxonomy, the universally recognized standard in adult learning for foundational to expert levels of proficiency.

  • Recall facts and basic concepts
  • Explain ideas
  • Use information in new situations
  • Draw connections
  • Justify a decision
  • Produce original work

We study and experiment with the latest tools and techniques like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, live actors, immersive and authentic workplace environments, assessments, interactive case studies, gamification to keep learners engaged, boost retention, build competency and maximize learning effectiveness.

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.