An Employee’s Guide to Accounting Certifications

As a staff member or student, when you enroll in a program to get “certified” you are investing in that certification.  We’ve developed a short course that we call ALPHABET SOUP and that surveys most of the relevant, existing certifications in the financial, accounting and taxation fields.

As we’ll show in the course, the an investment in a 4 year university program is one of the largest investments you’ll likely make in your lifetime.

We’ll look at the prerequisites and experience requirements and try to show how well recognized and how flexible and transferable each of the certifications is.

We will do this by looking at real world job postings for a variety of financial and accounting positions such as:

  • Financial controllers
  • CFOs
  • CEO of a startup
  • Financial analysts
  • Investment advisors
  • Public accountants
  • Accounting technicians
  • Business valuators

We have compiled some online reviews and other information and discuss these together online using our teleconferencing software.

Finally we’ll apply one the basic principles of corporate finance – the time value of money – to look at the future value at retirement, of an investment in a 4 year degree in your twenties. This should help you understand the extent of the investment and may suggest the need for alternatives to mitigate risk.

The RMT PROGRAM is meant as an entry-level certification suitable for someone who needs to earn while they learn. This could mean someone who is pursuing a second career, a parent responsible for raising small children, or  perhaps an immigrant with a foreign certification that lacks knowledge of the local regulatory environment.

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