At HB, we are committed to continuing education and participation in industry-specific associations, so we can offer you the most relevant and accurate professional services available.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the national, professional organization for all Certified Public Accountants. Its mission is to provide members with the resources, information and leadership that enable them to provide valuable services in the highest professional manner to benefit the public as well as employers and clients. The AICPA works with state CPA organizations and gives priority to those areas where public reliance on CPA skills is most significant.
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Center for Audit Quality—The Center for Audit Quality is a voluntary membership center that supports member firms that audit or are interested in auditing public companies with education, communication, representation and other means.
Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center—Established by the AICPA, this is a firm-based voluntary membership center for firms that audit employee benefit plans. Employee benefit plan audits include pension, health and welfare, and 401(k) plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) under the regulatory authority of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Government Audit Quality Center—The AICPA is committed to helping its members achieve the highest standards in performing quality governmental audits. This firm-based, voluntary membership center is designed to help CPAs meet the challenges of performing quality audits in this unique and complex area.
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)—This discipline builds on CPAs' core competencies. Using these standards and competencies as a foundation, the Institute aims to provide the necessary resources and technical guidance to allow CPAs to position themselves as leading providers of business valuation services.
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)—The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) established and administers the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Globally preferred by employers, the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. Members with the CFE credential gain a professional advantage and quickly position themselves as leaders in the global anti-fraud community.
Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) or Accredited Member (AM)—The American Society of Appraisers is one of eight major appraisal societies that, in 1987, founded The Appraisal Foundation, a national nonprofit organization created to establish uniform criteria for professional appraisers. Since 1989 The Appraisal Foundation has been recognized by the U.S. Congress as the source for the development and promulgation of appraisal standards and qualifications.
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)—The National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) trains and designates Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA) to perform business valuations as a service to both the consulting community and users of their services. A primary requirement for becoming a CVA is to hold a valid license as a Certified Public Accountant.
Certified Business Appraiser (CBA)—The Institute of Business Appraisers is the oldest professional society devoted solely to the appraisal of closely-held businesses. Established in 1978, the Institute is a pioneer in business appraisal education and professional accreditation. Members who meet established criteria are awarded the prestigious professional designation of Certified Business Appraiser (CBA).
The American Payroll Association (APA) sets the standards for payroll excellence through certification programs at two levels: Certified Payroll Professional and Fundamental Payroll Certification.
Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA)—The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) is the premier national organization for career retirement plan professionals. The Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) credential is conferred by ASPPA to retirement plan professionals who work primarily with 401(k) plans. Applicants for the QKA credentials come from various professional disciplines. They typically assist employers and consultants with the record keeping, non-discrimination testing and administrative aspects of 401(k) and related plans.
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