A Professional Edge in Tax and Accounting

Start your journey towards earning a professional credential from ACAT today. Earning a credential from ACAT gives you a competitive edge in your tax practice and demonstrates your skills and expertise to potential clients and/or employers. 

Danette Daigle"I decided that earning the ARA would give me the expertise I needed to better assist my clients in preparing for their future and retirement. I have found that my elderly clients have more confidence in me and are very impressed once they learn that I have a credential focused on eldercare issues."

Danette Daigle, EA, ARA

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.


Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) and Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor (ABA) credential holders are eligible for the IRS Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion without taking the Annual Refresher course and exam! 

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Four Credentials To Distinguish You

ACAT offers four credentials representing accounting and tax professionals and specialties. Each one is the hallmark of excellence, experience, and commitment. Click on the banners below for more information.


In response to COVID-19, ACAT is allowing candidates who are eligible to take an ACAT exam during the June 1 – July 15, 2020 exam window an additional exam window to utilize their exam registration.
If you are interested in scheduling an exam during the upcoming exam window, please check Scantron’s website for updates on exam center closings and special COVID-19 policies at exam centers.