Public Accounting Firm Manager (PAFM) Program

  • Expanding Knowledge
  • Sharing Experiences
  • Achiving Through Collaboration
  • Influencing Leadership
  • Envisioning Possibilities

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

2021 National Practice Management Conference at ENGAGE
July 27 - 29, 2021

2021 National Practice Management Conference at ENGAGE

What’s on the horizon for the profession? That’s the multimillion-dollar question, and it’s one that our thought leaders think about nonstop. Tap into their answers, insights and forecast during the CPAFMA National Practice Management Conference. You will learn precise next steps to push your business forward and emerge as an indispensable part of your firm’s practice management. Your advantage during our collaboration with the AICPA ENGAGE: In-depth coverage of firm managers’ top challenges; Take-home deliverables that make your time worthwhile; and Conversations with fellow CPAFMA members and accounting firm management peers.

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Leadership Institute 2.0
September 14, 2021 - June 22, 2022

Leadership Institute 2.0

Firm managers are called to be leaders – by the best traditions of the accounting profession, by standards of professional responsibility, and by the expectations of the communities in which they work and live. And yet, until recently, there has been little attention given to leadership training for those responsible for the day-to-day management of CPA firms as they enter the profession and begin to develop the skills necessary for their success and the success of their firms.

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Connections 2022
June 21 - 24, 2022

Connections 2022

The most dynamic and innovative keynote lineup you've seen at a practice management conference along with pre-event workshops, breakout sessions with practical, hands-on learning, a vendor exchange and connection time built-in throughout the two-and-a-half day event combined with just the right amount of fun.

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