Certified Public Accountant:
Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are professionally licensed by way of passing the Uniform CPA exam and meeting state ethics and experience requirements. CPAs utilize their professional training and knowledge to provide to the public attestation and auditing opinions regarding publicly distributed financial statements. A CPA license is required in most states to practice as a “public accountant.”
Certified Fraud Examiner:
A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is an Associate Member of the ACFE who has passed the CFE Exam. A CPA with a CFE credential has the ability to conduct complete, efficient, thorough and ethical fraud investigations. In providing consulting and investigative services, CFE specialists are educated and trained in the detection and deterrence of a wide variety of crimes such as identity theft, fraud and embezzlement.
Certified Valuation Analyst:
A Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) is accredited by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). A CVA has the ability to provide an accurate and objective determination of value based upon skillful examination of extensive documentation. Valuations are based on a rigorous financial review of an organization’s records, the environment in which it operates, and analysis of a wide range of factors associated with the organization’s financial viability.
Certified Forensic Accountant:
A Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr.FA) obtains certification through passing an exam and exhibiting specialized training. The Cr.FA credential is available only to CPAs who possess a combination of accounting, auditing and investigative skills as well as an exceptional degree of experience and knowledge. The Cr.FA is well-versed and skilled in conducting an analysis, investigation, inquiry, test, inspection, or examination to form an expert opinion which may be used in a court of law.
These are some of the top certifications for Washington state CPAs.