Earning a specialty credential is one of the most effective ways to stand out in the marketplace as a CPA. But a specialty credential is also more than that.\nWhen you develop focused skills in a niche area like financial forensics or information technology, you're building on your existing business and accounting knowledge with continuing education that connects passion, career growth and public interest.\nNAVIGATING CHANGE\nMany organizations are navigating change in a complicated global business environment of financial risk and rapid digital disruption. A complex world needs confident and agile problem-solvers.\nThe demand for astute financial thinkers and better corporate risk management is growing as fraud, cyberattacks and IT security threats take centre stage. These challenges are dominating the news cycle in North America and around the world, from Wikileaks and the US election to the economics of the big data revolution – and rightly so.\nCorporations are vulnerable to cyberattacks that target businesses with foreign suppliers and financial connections, which by FBI estimates incur a loss of close to $3.1 billion globally each year. A financial scam is committed once every 15 seconds. And in 2016, massive data breaches have left 2.2 billion records either stolen or compromised, and that’s just from publicly disclosed hacks.\nThese challenges are an opportunity for CPAs to strengthen their position as strategic partners and improve business performance with insights that go beyond the numbers.\nRECOGNITION AND VALUE\nCPAs are key to the successful navigation of complexity and digital transformation across sectors, today and the future. In particular, financial and IT security need to become higher priorities on the boardroom agenda.\nThe right post-CPA certification arms you with the skills required to drive value, lead corporate innovation and safeguard information and financial resources. This benefits both your organization’s bottom line and the larger socio-economic landscape.\nWhen you pursue one of the AICPA specialty credentials – whether that is becoming Certified in Financial Forensics or a Certified Information Technology Professional – you are not only expanding your practice area, you’re increasing your earning potential and credibility with clients.\nThe primary benefits of earning an AICPA North American specialty credential include:\n\n developing strategic skills in in your field, whether financial or IT-focused\n positioning yourself as a leader in forensic accounting or IT audit and assurance\n increasing your expertise recognition with clients and employers\n boosting your opportunities for referrals in a competitive marketplace\n\nCPAs who pursue the CFF or CITP will also receive exclusive access to tools, resources and mentorship opportunities in their field, as well as the chance to continue learning and network with other dedicated professionals who share similar interests and practices.\nEnhance your professional development and deepen your expertise with the CFF or CITP. Both post-CPA specialty credentials are jointly presented by CPA Canada and AICPA. Qualified CPAs who have education and experience in the field of financial forensics or IT audit and assurance are eligible to bypass the exam requirement until December 31, 2016.