Accounting professionals with information technology skills have an edge in today's job market, because technology now plays a larger role in the accounting industry. So to make yourself more marketable as a finance or accounting professional, consider some of the following accounting certifications. And keep in mind, these accounting certifications can also increase your starting salary, according to the latest Robert Half Salary Guide for accounting and finance.
Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)
If you're a CPA, you can obtain the CITP credential, which is offered by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). In addition to your public accounting skills, you'll become proficient in IT risk and assurance, data analytics, privacy, security, business solutions and emerging trends. This accounting certification has examination, work experience and education requirements, including 75 hours of continuing professional education in information management and technology assurance — and 1,000 hours of business technology experience.
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
This accounting certification is offered by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). After completing professional experience and examination requirements, you'll be skilled in control, auditing and security. The exam is open to anyone with an interest in information systems, but the certification requires exam completion, as well as five years of experience in control, security or auditing.
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Offered by ISACA, this accounting certification demonstrates your proficiency in information security management, and it's geared toward professionals with experience in this area. To obtain the certification, you'll need to pass an exam and submit evidence of work experience. The experience needs to include a minimum of five years in information security and three years in information security management. And it must be gained within the 10 years preceding your application date or within five years of the date you originally pass the exam.