CPA - Certified Public Accountant
CPA's are licensed by the state and are subject to the rules and guidelines of the state as well as the
standards set by the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA). These standards include an extensive
Code of Ethics.
Certification requirements for California CPAs are to have a Bachelor's Degree with the required number of accounting and business courses,
two years experience in auditing and passing the two and half day, five part CPA exam. At the time of Jim's passing the exam
the parts were auditing, accounting theory, accounting and taxes (two parts) and law.
To maintain certification, CPAs must complete 80 hours of Continuing Professional Education every two years in which 24 hours must be accounting and auditing, 8 hours of fraud, four hours of ethics, and more.
Jim is a licensed CPA in California and Texas and a member of AICPA and CalCPA
California State Board of Accountancy License Lookup
Texas State Board of Accountancy License Lookup
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CFE - Certified Fraud Examiner
Certification requirements are to have a Bachelor's degree, two years of experience in the detection or deterrence of fraud and passing a four part exam: fraud prevention, financial, law and fraud investigation. Applicants must also be a member in good standing in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
To maintain certfication, the CFE must, among other things, obtain 20 hours per year in continuing professional education in which at least 10 hours are specifically fraud courses in addition to ethics courses.
Jim has over 30 years experience in fraud and fraud related accounting, tax and auditing issues, is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is active in the San Diego Chapter of ACFE
www.ACFE.com CFE Lookup
CFF - Certified in Financial Forensics
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) in 2008 for CPAs who specialize in forensic accounting. The CFF credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience.
To qualify the applicant must recently have a minimum of 1,000 hours of forensic accounting experience, 75 hours of recent forensic accounting education hours. pass the CFF exam and be a member in good standing in the AICPA. In addition, a commitment to Life Long (forensic accounting) learning must be made with a minimum number of hours per year to maintain the certification.
Jim's forensic accounting background throughout his career and commitment to continuous education is the foundation for his qualifications to be Certified in Financial Forensics.
While there are many qualified individuals and firms in the area of accounting, forensics and fraud - experience and continuing education are key factors in having the best qualified professional on your team. This gives you someone who gets to the real issues quickly without chasing false premises, obtains quick resolution while keeping the fees in line with the value received.