Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2019-The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts® (NACVA®) has recently created the first ever Comprehensive Financial Forensics Body of Knowledge (BOK), which is a critical document for establishing NACVA’s leadership in the field, and is designed to guide the industry forward with training and exam development. This BOK is a critical underpinning for NACVA’s Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®) credential.

“The new BOK is significantly more comprehensive, and incorporates within it all the sub-specialty areas that fall under the financial forensics umbrella,” states Parnell Black, MBA, CPA, CVA, and the CEO of NACVA. “Many people have contributed to creating this BOK over many years, but it has been Michael G. Kaplan who has brought it all together, and deserves special acknowledgement and deep appreciation.”

NACVA’s Litigation Forensics Board and Executive Advisory Board approved this new BOK, and updates are being applied to the MAFF training program and credentialing exam.

“Through the continued collaboration, tireless efforts, and contributions of our Litigation Forensics Board and leaders in the various specialty areas, we have been able to produce an extensively updated BOK,” states Michael Kaplan, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA, MAFF, who was the lead architect designing the certification. “The new BOK builds upon the core of financial forensics and incorporates the fundamentals of its specialty disciplines.”

Candidates applying for and achieving the MAFF certification was quite robust in 2018. This BOK was developed to support this growth and to reflect the current state of financial forensics and related areas of specialty. “When questioned about a credential, the ability to reference a BOK, along with a proctored exam, are critical factors in being accepted as an expert,” states T.J. Liles-Tims, CVA, CFE, MAFF, lead course developer and faculty for the MAFF training program.

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The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts® (NACVA®) is a global, professional association that delivers training and certification in accounting and financial consulting fields such as business valuation, financial litigation, expert witnessing, forensic accounting, fraud risk management, mergers and acquisitions, business and intellectual property damages, fair value, healthcare valuation and consulting, and exit strategies. NACVA has over 7,000 members worldwide and operates international chapters in Africa, Canada, Europe, India, the Middle East, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and the U.S., all supporting the globally recognized Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®) certification. Other professional certifications offered by NACVA include the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®) and the Accredited in Business Appraisal Review™ (ABAR™). The Consultants’ Training Institute® (CTI®), the training affiliate for the NACVA, has transformed the careers and practices for thousands of accounting and financial consulting professionals since 1991, having trained over 20,000 individuals worldwide. Focused on practitioner-centric training and certification in the profession’s hottest growth niches, CTI offers solutions to meet these challenges and presents opportunities to expand and grow practices.

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