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American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (www.aicpa.org) is the national, professional association of CPAs, with over 350,000 members, including CPAs in business and industry, public practice, government, and education. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, Federal, state and local governments and non-profit organizations. It also develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination. Headquartered in New York, the AICPA also maintains offices in Washington, DC, Durham, NC and Lewisville, TX.

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Accredited in Business Valuation

The ABV credential program is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To increase public awareness of the CPA as the preferred valuation professional.
  • To increase exposure for CPAs who have obtained the ABV credential.
  • To enhance the quality of business valuation services that members provide.
  • To ensure the continued competitiveness of CPAs versus other valuation services providers through continuous access to a comprehensive community of resources and support.
  • To increase the confidence in the quality and accuracy of business valuation services received from CPA/ABV providers.

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NACVA Logo National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Certified Valuation Analyst

The National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) trains and certifies Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA) to perform business valuations as a service to both the consulting community and the users of their services. Through training and rigorous testing, CVAs demonstrate they are qualified to provide capable and professionally executed valuation services. NACVA recommends specific training as a prerequisite to certification to assure that practitioners have the knowledge and understanding necessary to perform competent services, and to assure a level of consistency and continuity in their work product. Users of valuation services benefit by having greater confidence that the service they receive is professional in quality, adheres to industry standards of practice, and meets a level of expertise the Association deems credible and worthy of one of its certified members. A primary requirement for becoming a CVA is to hold a valid license as a Certified Public Accountant.

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CFA Institute

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world. CFA Institute is recognized by regulators, certification programs, and universities around the world. This recognition reflects the breadth of coverage and rigor of our program, as well as our leadership in the area of ethics. CFA Institute is actively involved in shaping public policy that strengthens investor confidence and market integrity. The near collapse of the world financial system and recent scandals have brought trust in the world’s financial services industry to an all-time low. It’s now more important than ever that all investment professionals understand the issues and improve our ethical practice. CFA Institute upholds the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, exam rules and regulations, and Bylaws to protect the integrity of its membership, designations, and examination programs. The Professional Conduct Program administers the disciplinary process for CFA Institute. An integral part of the CFA Institute mission is to develop and administer codes, best practice guidelines, and standards to guide the investment industry. These standards help ensure all investment professionals place client interests first. The mission of the CFA institute is, “To lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”