While money may make the world go 'round, it can be difficult to stay apace with a rapidly changing global business world and the volatile economy that accompanies it. Taking your education in hand and getting the accounting certification that will prove to employers your commitment to your career is the best step you can make to keep up with the rest of the pack.
You can choose from a wide range of accounting certifications. The most commonly accepted is the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate. This is the most basic of all certifications, preparing candidates for general accounting knowledge in theory and practice, business law and auditing. Requirements vary from state to state, however, so you need to be aware of where you'll wish to practice before you pursue this particular avenue.
You don't have to stop with your CPA. Other accounting certifications include the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and the Certified Administrative Manager (CAM), which provide professional recognition for more advanced accountant managers. Other industry specific accounting certifications are the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). These are just a few of the many options available.
Choosing to get certified beyond the basic requirements for a job demonstrates professional competence in an ever-competitive field. It also shows future employers your commitment to staying abreast of current trends, learning what is necessary to maintain a high level of excellence. When you're interested in being promoted beyond the most rudimentary of tasks, getting your accounting certification can put you at the front of the pack.
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