While there are many designations, licenses, and certifications available to you in the accounting field, only one is global in its recognition: the Certified
Public Accountant (CPA). When you are a CPA, your license is recognized from Paris, Texas to Paris, France and your expertise is acknowledged
immediately. No matter which niche you practice in-from forensic accounting to tax preparation-being a CPA gives you instant credibility.
The same cannot be said about the following designations which are very specific to certain niches and do not translate to career cache' in other fields
within accounting. The Institute of Management Accountants confers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. As of fall 2009, you
must have at least a bachelor's degree to qualify to sit for the exam. (Previously, a good score on the GMAT or GRE graduate school exam was
permissible as well.) After you pass a four-part examination on financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues,
and risk management, you must agree to meet continuing education requirements and comply with standards of professional conduct to be a CMA.
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation. You must: *	Have at least a bachelor's degree from an
accredited college or university. *	Have worked for two years as an internal auditor. *	Have passed a four-part examination. The IIA also offers the
designations of *	Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), *	Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), and *	Certified Financial
Services Auditor (CFSA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.
The ISACA, formerly known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, confers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
designation after you pass an examination and have five years of experience auditing information systems.
Information systems experience, financial or operational aud