Accounting Certifications and Exam Preparation

Accounting certifications and exam preparation in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota

Professional certifications recognize that an individual has shown expertise in an area of knowledge. Accounting certifications may make you more valuable in the workplace. Investing the time and effort to earn recognized certifications may make the difference when seeking a job, getting a promotion or gaining the respect and business of a client.

Globe University builds accounting certification exam preparation into our accounting degree programs to prepare students for certification exams. Our Professional Certification Scholarship program helps qualified students with exam fees. Below are summaries of several accounting certifications. Please contact an admission college representative for details about exam preparation within each program.

CPA Exam and License

The bachelor of science in accounting program prepares graduates to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in Minnesota, and the MBA accounting concentration can be applied to the course credit requirement. Each state’s Board of Accountancy has different rules. If it is your goal to be a CPA, research your state’s rules carefully before enrolling in our program. There are some additional experience and education requirements by state. Detailed information is available at

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is a national accounting certification held by many corporate managers and controllers. A CMA has demonstrated the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in management, reporting to and working on teams with owners, CEOs and managers of corporations. Our bachelor’s in accounting fulfills the educational requirements for this certificate. Certification also requires accounting experience and a passing score on the exam. Detailed information is available at

Certified Internal Auditor

A certified internal auditor (CIA) examines and evaluates a company’s financial and information systems, management procedures and internal controls for evidence of fraud and to ensure regulatory compliance. Our bachelor’s in accounting fulfills educational requirements for the CIA certification. More information is available from the Institute of Internal Auditors at

Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor (ACAT)

The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) offers the Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor certification (ABA). The ABA requires three years of experience and a passing grade on the ABA exam.

Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA)

The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) also offers the Accredited Tax Advisor accounting certification that demonstrates an accountant’s qualification to handle sophisticated tax planning issues for retirement plans, business, trusts and estates. It requires five years of experience in compliance, tax planning, tax preparation and consulting.

Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP)

The AAS in accounting and tax specialist program prepares students for the Accredited Tax Preparer examination and also satisfies two years of the three-year work experience requirement for the certification. The ATP is also offered by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT).

Enrolled Agent (EA) Certification

An enrolled agent focuses on tax services for individuals and small businesses. An EA may be self-employed, work for the IRS or work for an accounting firm. Only EAs, CPAs and attorneys may represent taxpayers before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. This accounting certification is regulated by the IRS.

Certified Payroll Professional

A certified payroll professional is recognized for skills and knowledge of payroll and payroll taxation.

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

CFEs identify signs of fraud and fraud risk and implement strategies to prevent fraud. Students in our Fraud Examination course prepare for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam.

Exam Preparation

We offer specific courses to help prepare students for specific certification exams.

Certified Management Accounting Review provides capstone coverage of management accounting principles and serves as a review for the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) exam.

Fraud Examination Review provides capstone coverage of fraud examination and forensic accounting principles and serves as a review for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam. Our bachelor’s in accounting program offers a review course for this exam.


Our Professional Certification Scholarship program is designed to encourage students to seek professional certifications in their field of study. The scholarship helps reimburse qualified students for costs associated with earning professional certifications.

Questions about our accounting certifications?

Please call us toll-free at 1-877-303-6060, contact college admissions, or stop by any Globe University campus to speak with an admissions representative about the accounting programs at our school.