We are CPAs, MBAs, former CFOs and COOs with very significant experience, training, and credentials. When selecting a professional you want an expert whose training, experience, and skill enables an accurate and supportable conclusion. Our team of experts understands the financial and operational aspects of business that are critical in assessing business prospects and risk.
When selecting a valuation professional:
- You want an expert whose training, experience, and skill enables a supportable conclusion of value and an effective and persuasive report.
- You want an experienced “hands-on” expert in the field performing the work.
- You want a professional that bring integrity, objectivity, sound judgment and a strong commitment to quality service.
- You want a professional with well-respected accreditations that far exceed the minimum requirements of the IRS and regulatory bodies.
As professionals, ValuationUSA staff hold several prestigious certifications, including credentials (CPA), degrees (MBA) and accreditations (CPA CPA/ABV, CBA, CVA, ABAR, CFF, CMA, CFE, MAFF, CDFA, CAC).
What does this alphabet soup of confusing abbreviations mean?
Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)
In recent years, the business valuation profession has become cluttered with designations that can often be confusing. A universally accepted accreditation, the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation requires a commitment to excellence that sets it apart from all the rest. The ASA designation provides peace of mind that the business valuator being hired has completed stringent criteria in education, experience and professional standards. The American Society of Appraisers understands the seriousness of the profession, and they have never wavered from their commitment of requiring excellence. Education, integrity, credibility and experience all factor into the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation. You can rest assured that the ASA designation after the name of a business valuator means they have been held to the highest standard in the profession. ASA is the only business valuation credential required to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (the standards promulgated by the congressionally-authorized Appraisal Foundation). It is the oldest and only multidisciplinary professional appraisal organization representing business valuation, personal property, real property, gems and jewelry, machinery and technical specialties and appraisal review and management.
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
The ABV Credential is the mark of excellence in business valuation. It identifies those valuation professionals who have the ability to provide sound and reliable business valuation services. To provide assurance that business valuation service providers are experienced, tested and certified, AICPA has developed the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Credential for CPAs. Those who earn the ABV Credential must be a member in good standing of the AICPA and demonstrate experience in business valuation; pass a rigorous business valuation exam; and demonstrate a history of continuing education. The ABV Credential certifies that you are working with a certified valuation professional–a CPA who brings added value to a valuation engagement. CPA/ABVs combine a sophisticated understanding of accounting, taxation, financial statement analysis and business operations in many different industries with proven competence in valuation. Thanks to those core competencies, ABVs have an advantage when it comes to meeting clients’ valuation needs. When you need reliable, impartial advice, give yourself the advantage of working with a CPA/ABV and get valuation services you can bank on.
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
CPA’s who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience can earn the CFF credential. The CFF encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas. These include: bankruptcy; electronic data analysis; family law; valuations; fraud prevention, detection, and response; financial statement misrepresentation; and damages calculations. In the context of litigation, the term forensic means to be suitable for use in a court of law. Forensic accounting services generally involve the application of specialized knowledge and investigative skills possessed by CPAs to collect, analyze, and evaluate evidential matter and to interpret and communicate findings in the courtroom, boardroom, or other legal or administrative venue.
Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®)
The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts® (NACVA®) trains and certifies CVAs to perform business valuations as a service to both the consulting community and the users of their services. Through training and rigorous testing, CVAs demonstrate they are qualified to provide capable and professionally executed valuation services. NACVA recommends specific training as a prerequisite to certification to assure that practitioners have the knowledge and understanding necessary to perform competent services, and to assure a level of consistency and continuity in their work product. Users of valuation services benefit by having greater confidence that the service they receive is professional in quality, adheres to industry standards of practice, and meets a level of expertise the Association deems credible and worthy of one of its designees.
Certified Business Appraiser™ (CBA™)
The CBA is a very prestigious credential in the eyes of all who are familiar with it as it earned the reputation of being the industry’s most difficult credential to obtain. This level of difficulty, however, led to very few individuals obtaining the CBA over the last many years, and not enough to support continued efforts to further develop and promote the credential. Thus, in 2016, NACVA suspended its activities relating to the proliferation and further development of the CBA, and thereby the credential is no longer available to interested candidates.
Accredited in Business Appraisal Review™ (ABAR™)
The ABAR designation is the valuation profession’s most revered credential certifying competence in the review of business appraisal reports. As such, the ABAR credential is specially designed for business valuators whose work involves the review of valuation reports and analysis performed by others—a select group that includes managers, expert witnesses, attorneys, coaches, mentors, trainers, and government appraisers.
Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®)
The MAFF credential is designed to provide assurance to the legal and business communities—the primary users of financial litigation services—that the designee possesses a level of experience and knowledge deemed acceptable by the Association to provide competent and professional financial litigation support services. To earn the MAFF credential, candidates must attest to having met certain prerequisites and experience requirements, plus pass a rigorous exam that tests to NACVA’s Financial Forensics Body of Knowledge (FFBOK).
Certified Management Accountant (CMA®)
The CMA (Certified Management Accountant) equips professionals with the skills needed to succeed in today’s world of finance and accounting. This globally recognized certification proves mastery of the 12 most critical practice areas in management accounting, including planning and analysis, technology and analytics, risk management and internal controls and performance management.
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE®)
The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. CFEs are trained to identify the warning signs and red flags that indicate evidence of fraud and fraud risk. CFEs around the world help protect the global economy by uncovering fraud and implementing processes to prevent fraud from occurring in the first place. CFEs have a unique set of skills that are not found in any other career field or discipline; they combine knowledge of complex financial transactions with an understanding of methods, law, and how to resolve allegations of fraud.
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®)
A CDFA® professional is a financial professional skilled at analyzing data and providing expertise on the financial issues of divorce. The role of the CDFA® professional is to assist the client and attorneys to understand how the decisions made today will impact the client’s financial future. A CDFA® can take on many roles in the divorce process, including financial expertise and strategy, data collection and analysis and expert presenter and litigation support.
Compensation Analyst Credential (CAC)
The Economic Research Institute’s Compensation Analyst Credential (CAC) denotes proven expertise in the field of compensation.