The following guide provides sources for information on professional accreditation credentials awarded to qualified business appraisers by the major professional appraisal organizations.
The American Society of Appraisers is an international organization of appraisal professionals, with appraisal disciplines covered including appraisal review and management, business valuation, gems and jewelry, machinery and technical specialties, personal property, and real property. Its member directory is searchable by name, geographic location, appraisal discipline, specialty, and keyword.
ABV credential holders are AICPA members who have met the education, examination, and business valuation experience requirements necessary to be designated as "Accredited in Business Valuation". Credential holder directory is searchable by country, state, city, and zip code, with optional features including the ability to refine the search by credential, name, organization, and areas of expertise.
NACVA is a professional organization which offers certifications in business valuation and financial forensics, with certifications offered to its members including the CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst), ABAR (Accredited in Business Appraisal Review), and MAFF (Master Analyst in Financial Forensics). Its member directory is searchable by name, industry, specialty, city, state, zip code, and country.
The CBV Institute is a professional accrediting body in the field of business valuation in Canada, and offers the CBV (Chartered Business Valuator) designation to qualified business appraisers who meet its education, examination, and business valuation experience requirements. Its member directory is searchable by first name, last name, company, biography keywords, country, and state or province.
Chapter 1 provides profiles for each of the appraisal organizations offering professional accreditation in business valuation in the U.S. and Canada, and includes a summary schedule of the requirements for each designation including prerequisites, educational requirements, courses and examinations, report or case study review, business appraisal experience, and personal and business references.
Chapter 1 provides a comprehensive listing of the business valuation designations offered by various organizations, and includes information on education, examination, experience, and reaccreditation requirements for business valuation certifications and designations (e.g., AM, ASA, FASA, ABV, CVA, ABAR, CBA, MCBA) awarded to qualified business appraisers by the major appraisal organizations.