Public Accounting Firm Manager (PAFM) Program

Education and Knowledge

CPAFMA's Public Accounting Firm Manager (PAFM)™ program provides the opportunity to demonstrate you have the knowledge, leadership, skills, and abilities to operate at a high level of expertise in the field of accounting firm management.

CPAFMA's Public Accounting Firm Manager (PAFM)™ program* provides the opportunity to demonstrate you have the knowledge, leadership, skills, and abilities to operate at a high level of expertise in the field of accounting firm management.

Think. Experience. Elevate.
The process of attaining the PAFM designation includes meeting the experience-and education-based eligibility requirements, agreeing to adhere to CPAFMA’s Core Values of a Firm Manager, and fulfilling the continuing education/recertification requirements.

The PAFM designation will identify you as a dedicated and experienced accounting firm manager who understands the unique and challenging issues of managing your firm. Accreditation recognizes that you have achieved a level of expertise within the profession of firm management, exemplifying your professional capabilities and experience. Your firm can also take pride in your accreditation as it affirms their success in employing a recognized leader. If transitioning between employers, the credential will demonstrate mastery of the skill sets necessary to qualify you as an individual who has attained an unparalleled level of competence in firm management.

Regardless of your career stage, a PAFM designation adds relevant depth to your personal and professional development.

PAFM Brochure
PAFM Application
Directory of PAFMs
FAQ

The Association encourages you to consider pursuing the PAFM designation this year. Many of our PAFMs have told us it is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your firm!

*Becoming a Public Accounting Firm Manager is strictly voluntary, and is open to all qualified accounting firm managers, members and non-members alike.

Upcoming Events

Making M&A Easier - Broadening and Accelerating the Role of the Firm Manager in M&A Series
July 12 - August 23, 2022

Making M&A Easier - Broadening and Accelerating the Role of the Firm Manager in M&A Series

In this three-session series, learn about a preferred method in getting firm managers involved early in negotiations and discover ways firm they can balance M&A with their daily responsibilities.

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Indiana Chapter Event: Diversity-A Starting Place
July 14, 2022

Indiana Chapter Event: Diversity-A Starting Place

Reflect on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Regardless of each participant’s identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships.

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Ohio Chapter Meeting: Sensitivity and Harassment in the Workplace
July 15, 2022

Ohio Chapter Meeting: Sensitivity and Harassment in the Workplace

CPE: 2 Credit Hours  Please join the Ohio Chapter for its first IN-PERSON EVENT since Covid! This event will feature guest speaker Jeff Patter, who will present an educational session on the topic of Sensitivity and Harassment in the Workplace. The end of the meeting will also include an open forum for Q&A regarding attendee's HR issues. Below is the meeting schedule: 9:30 am - 10:00 am - Networking/Continental Breakfast 10:00 am ...

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