New Agreement Opens Doors to CPA.CITP Certification for CPA/CISA Practitioners

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) announced a new agreement between the organizations on Thursday. According to the agreement Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) holding ISACA’s Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) credential are now automatically eligible to receive the AICPA’s Certified Information Technology Professional (CPA.CITP) designation.

“CPAs who hold the CISA designation have clearly demonstrated not only their knowledge of accounting and general business systems, but also their commitment to information technology as a CPA practice discipline,” Gregory LaFollette, CPA.CITP, Chair of the AICPA’s CITP Credential Committee said of the automatic eligibility. “Moreover, ISACA is highly respected in the CPA community.”

As a result of the agreement, CPA/CISA practitioners now have a complementary set of credentials demonstrating both their business technology orientation, and in-depth knowledge of systems, controls and security, to employers and clients. The AICPA’s CITP designation, launched in 2001, is founded on a broad body of knowledge and exclusively for CPAs who practice in formation marketing. More than 700 CPAs are designated CITP. The ISACA’s CISA designation, created in 1978, recognizes in-depth knowledge of controls, audit and security and has been awarded to more than 44,000 professionals. Currently, 3,300 CPAs hold the CISA designation.

“ISACA and the AICPA have enjoyed a strong working relationship for years,” Kent Anderson, CISA, CPA, member of IASCA’s CISA Certification Board, said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the benefits the Institute offers its CITP credential holders, and we’d like our CPA/CISA members to have access to those benefits.”

CITP credential holders will receive premium benefits, including discounts on AICPA information-technology conferences, Webcasts, and publications. They will also receive a CITP marketing toolkit and five monthly e-newsletters and bulletins focused on the impact that technology has on business. CPA/CISA practitioners interested in applying for the CITP under this program under this program may write to CITP@AICPA.org. Additional information is also available online at the AICPA website (www.AICPA.org).

ISACA and the AICPA have collaborated on several projects, including the 2000 White House Conference on Critical Infrastructure Assurance and the 2006 Top Ten Technologies survey, the results of which will be released later this month.

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