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AICPA Certificate Programs

Demonstrate competency, expand your career opportunities or enter new areas of practice by earning certificates created by the AICPA. Receive a digital badge upon completion to display in your email signature, social media, LinkedIn profile and more to validate your experience and verify your commitment to quality. 

  • Not-for-Profit Certificate I
    Covers the core concepts of accounting and financial reporting, tax compliance, governance and assurance. This 40-hour interactive CPE program contains real-world examples, case studies, animations and videos to create a flexible, dynamic learning experience.
     
  • Not-for-Profit Certificate II
    Learn to successfully prepare financial statements, complete the Form 990, build complex budgets, and guide the strategic planning process. You’ll also learn how to perform risk assessments, proactively respond to tax compliance issues, measure performance, and work with an organization’s governing board to achieve mission success. Plus, experts provide practice tips to help you tailor your methods to address the challenges of nonprofits of all sizes.
     
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting Certificate
    Provides participants with a solid understanding of financial forensics. Covering the AICPA's entire Body of Knowledge in this topic area, this online CPE self-study program consists of 19 required modules that utilize interactive scenario-based learning, including audio and video animation, to guide you through the concepts.
     
  • IFRS Certificate
    With more than 120 countries that either require or permit the use of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), now is the time for you to demonstrate competency in IFRS so your expertise is borderless. The IFRS Certificate Program is designed to provide CPAs and accounting professionals with a complete solution offering the basic training, knowledge, and practical guidance in international accounting standards that are necessary in today's global business environment.
     
  • Personal Financial Planning Retirement Planning Certificate and Exam
    This program is an informative and engaging learning experience that will enhance your knowledge in retirement planning. Part of the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program, this certificate program includes six dynamic courses covering critical steps in the retirement planning life cycle, including unique planning for aging and chronically ill clients.
     
  • Personal Financial Planning Investment Planning Certificate and Exam
    This program is an informative and engaging learning experience that will enhance your knowledge in investment planning. Part of the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program, this certificate program includes eight courses covering steps in the investment planning life cycle, along with a discussion of planning for and funding higher education. And, if you are seeking a thorough understanding of investment planning as outlined in the AICPA Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Body of Knowledge, this program is for you!
     
  • Personal Financial Planning Risk Management and Insurance Planning Certificate Program and Exam
    This program is an informative and engaging learning experience that will enhance your knowledge in risk management and insurance planning. Part of the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program, this certificate program includes eight dynamic courses covering critical steps in the risk management and insurance planning process from insurance contracts and annuities to deferred compensation and integrating the business with the owner's personal financial plan.
     
  • Personal Financial Planning Estate Planning Certificate Program and Exam
    This program is an informative and engaging learning experience that will enhance your knowledge of estate planning. Part of the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program, the Estate Planning Certificate includes eight courses covering steps in the estate planning life cycle, including gifting strategies, charitable planning, and integrating your clients' estate plans with their tax and financial plans. And, if you are seeking a thorough understanding of estate planning as outlined in the AICPA Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Body of Knowledge, this program is for you!
     
  • PFP Practical Applications Certificate 
    This program is an informative and engaging learning experience that will enhance your knowledge of personal financial planning. Part of the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program, this certificate program is comprised of five courses, including four case studies, covering the clients' planning life cycle. You will learn to navigate the regulatory environment, understand the PFP standards, use fundamental concepts in a systematic planning process, and utilize your technical knowledge for the benefit of your clients.
     
  • COSO Internal Control Certificate
    Designing and implementing an effective system of internal control can be challenging. Today's rapidly changing business models, new technologies and globalization require systems of internal control to be agile. Additionally, management must be prepared to use judgment to monitor and assess the effectiveness of internal control systems and provide insight on the application of controls. The new COSO Internal Control Certificate offers you a unique opportunity to develop your expertise in designing, implementing and monitoring a system of internal control. This program includes an exam to verify that you have gained the knowledge and skills critical to assessing systems of internal control.
     
  • COSO Enterprise Risk Management Certificate
    The only COSO-authorized certificate program on the 2017 COSO ERM framework, this new certificate program offers you the unique opportunity to learn the concepts and principles of the updated ERM framework and be prepared to integrate it into your organization's strategy-setting process to drive business performance. Seven self-paced modules provide you with the knowledge necessary to understand and apply COSO's Enterprise Risk Management - Integrating with Strategy and Performance. The ERM Framework assists management and boards of directors with their respective duties for managing risk. It does so by explaining five easy-to-understand components that accommodate different viewpoints and operating structures, and enhance strategies and decision-making.
     
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate
    According to CSO, an online resource dedicated to security and risk management, cybercrime damage costs are expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021 and cybersecurity spending will exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021. Organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are managing threats, and that they have effective processes and controls in place to detect, respond to, mitigate, and recover from cybersecurity events.
     
  • Cybersecurity Advisory Services Certificate
    Cybersecurity yields potential business opportunities for a firm to better serve its clients. As a trusted business advisor, firm practitioners can provide advisory services that help companies spot cybersecurity weaknesses, identify potential risks and offer advice on how to safeguard information and systems. Learn how you can help your clients navigate threats by becoming a trusted business advisor for their organization's cybersecurity risk management programs.
     
  • SOC for Cybersecurity Certificate
    Cybersecurity threats are escalating, unnerving the boards of directors, managers, investors and other stakeholders of organizations of all sizes-whether public or private. Organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are managing threats, and that they have effective processes and controls in place to detect, respond to, mitigate and recover from cybersecurity events. To meet this need, we have introduced SOC for Cybersecurity, a solution that builds upon the profession's experience in auditing system and organization controls. For clients whose cybersecurity risk management programs are mature, an independent CPA can perform an examination, in which the CPA expresses an opinion on the client's description of its cybersecurity risk management program and an opinion on the effectiveness of the controls within that program. This certificate will enable you to understand how to perform SOC for Cybersecurity attestation examinations using the AICPA's new cybersecurity risk management reporting framework.
     
  • Blockchain Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate
    The accounting profession will play a significant role in driving the adoption of Blockchain, a world-changing technology. As an accounting and finance professional, you can choose to shape how the adoption comes to life. The new Blockchain Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate offers you the opportunity to build a foundation toward becoming a strategic business partner within your organization and with your clients. Advance your career with this certificate and digital badge and earn 16 hours of CPE credit. Intended to provide real-world literacy on Blockchain and cryptoassets, this CPE course will give you the knowledge needed to anticipate potential benefits and risks of the technology, structure and functionality, and to translate them into relevant business application and value. During this course, you will learn the characteristics of Blockchain and cryptoassets, identify opportunities and risks, as well as understand high-level technology concepts underpinning Blockchain. Further, the course covers a range of use cases. You will have the opportunity to use a cryptocurrency wallet in a hands-on transaction exercise and be able to verify information written to a block (finance practitioners may not need to design, build, deploy and maintain, but they may need to verify). Finally, you will perform a hands-on hash activity exercise — hash documents or data, then verify it. You will also learn to differentiate between current state vs. future state.
     
  • Data Analysis Fundamentals Certificate
    The Data Analysis Fundamentals Certificate begins with a foundational understanding of the need of transformational assets within an organization and explains the importance of intelligent data management and corresponding analytics practice. The Data Analysis Fundamentals Certificate aims to provide you with the knowledge on the different job roles involved in the analytics practice and the most commonly encountered technologies in today's data ecosystem. It will cover concepts behind the most common types of data you will need to be prepared to analyze, as well as help you explore the factors impacting data practice. This certificate program will also explain why intelligent data management and a corresponding analytics practice is critical for the success of both the organization and the professional.
     
  • Application of Data Analysis Essentials Certificate
    This program offers hands-on experience regarding how to analyze data and calculate fundamental aspects of your data sets. This certificate program provides the core concepts and definitions of data analytics, which explain the anatomy of data as a medium, and provides fundamental statistical analysis techniques for beginning to glean useful information from data. First, you will learn the different types of variables that make up a data set and perform meaningful calculations on data to discover and explore relationships that yield insights: central tendency, variability, probability, and distribution. Then we will delve into recognizing these qualities in their different forms and how to utilize them in practical business situations. This program offers straightforward exercises to help you practice and immediately apply what you've learned. You will also get exposure to and practice with useful concepts such as quartiles, variance, and standard deviation. Finally, you will be introduced to one of the most powerful tools available for analyzing data: the open-source "R" platform. You will be guided through an actual use case for analyzing data using R and complete your learning by seeing how the statistical concepts you've just learned can be applied in a real-world example. By completing this certificate, you will have a solid grasp of core statistical techniques underpinning an analytics practice and hands-on-practice using them.
     
  • Data Analytics Modeling Certificate
    The Data Analytics Modeling Certificate will expand your ability to work with structured and unstructured data to drive a successful analytics practice. To start, you will learn to define clear business outcomes for your analytics practice to ensure your efforts align with your organization's strategic direction and create value. Next, you will learn data profiling and data cleansing techniques to maintain data quality throughout the data life cycle. You'll practice ETL (extract, transform, load) techniques and work with different data models and analytics tools. Finally, you will learn how to institute sophisticated tools for managing an ongoing enterprise data practice, including tools for data warehousing, managing the data life cycle, and working with structured and unstructured data.
     
  • Forecasting and Predictive Analytics Certificate
    The Forecasting and Predictive Analytics Certificate will teach you fundamental techniques used for predictive analytics: regression, classification, clustering, optimization, and simulation. Beginning with basic models for revealing and establishing relationships, you will learn to apply increasingly sophisticated modeling techniques for practical data analysis, as well as commonly encountered problems so you can determine the fit and usefulness for prediction of your models, and apply them to typical business problems. As you develop your understanding of applied predictive analytics, you'll learn how to perform basic forecasting using time-based data to predict future values from a model. You will also learn how to model and calculate scenarios based on distance and space. You will get practice with classification, including naive Bayesian classification; create basic decision trees; and use various techniques for clustering and linear optimization to solve common business problems; as well as learn techniques for assessing the effectiveness of your solutions.
     
  • Data Visualization Certificate
    The Data Visualization Certificate will guide you through every major facet of one of the most important areas of your data practice — data visualization. Building from underlying technology, architecture, and analysis considerations, you will learn how to translate data into meaningful information, visualize the information, and communicate findings and lessons. You will learn fundamental types of visualization techniques such as charts and graphs and explore a sampling of the most common reporting tools for producing meaningful visualizations. You will continue by developing an understanding of business intelligence (BI) — the overall architecture by which organizational data can be managed and understood. Additionally, you will examine the various components and technologies that make up effective BI and understand how they fit within the larger business. Finally, you will be guided through fundamental design principles and communication concepts behind effective dashboards and reports and how to present findings from data to other business stakeholders. This certificate ensures that your data analysis skills are demonstrated effectively so the leaders of your organization understand your strategic value.
     
  • Robotic Process Automation Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate
    By 2020, 40% of manual accounting tasks are predicted to be automated, which can ensure a competitive advantage. With advanced preparation and strategy, rollout can be timely and result in significant hours saved. This certificate will focus on robotic process automation benefits and how the use of software robots can enable your business or clients to become more competitive and agile. You will gain an understanding of the risks, opportunities, and organizational impact of automation while learning the decision criteria and key considerations needed to build a business case and run a successful proof-of-concept. You will also understand the steps and governance needed to implement or advise clients on how to implement successfully.
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The Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: NASBARegistry.org.

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