About ACAT

About ACAT


The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation® (ACAT) was established in 1973 as a non-profit independent testing, accrediting and monitoring organization. The Council seeks to identify professionals in independent practice who specialize in providing financial, accounting and taxation services to individuals and small to mid-size businesses. Professionals receive accreditation through examination and maintain their accreditation through commitment to a significant program of continuing professional education and adherence to the Council's Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct.

ACAT programs are governed by a Board of Directors that includes practitioners, educators and a public member.

Mission Statement


Accredit the knowledge of accounting and tax professionals through examination and promote ethical standards to instill public confidence.

ACAT is affiliated with the National Society of Accountants (NSA), a resource for information about accounting topics and issues. NSA members provide diversified accounting services to small businesses and individuals across the United States. Learn more about NSA by visiting www.nsacct.org.

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