Professional Credentials


NSA Supports Your Growth

The NSA offers live and self-study programs that can help tax and accounting professionals attain credentialed status, no matter the stage of your career. Read more about what NSA can do for you.

ACAT Credentials

The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) offers credentials for the modern tax practitioner and accountant. These industry designations signal to peers and clients that a practitioner is committed to service, experienced, up to date on taxation issues, and adheres to a strict code of conduct.

Tax pros and accountants at any stage of their careers can take NSA's preparatory courses for the following ACAT credentials:

For more information about ACAT's credentials, exams, and the ATP and ABA credential holders' exemption from the IRS Annual Filing Season Program Course and Exam Requirements, visit ACAT's website.

Enrolled Agent Exam Preparation

For tax and accounting professionals who are ready to expand their career into client representation before the IRS, NSA offers self-study and live review opportunities. Both the live and self-study programs are designed by award-winning presenters: John Everett, PhD., and William Duncan, PhD.

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NSA also offers the Live Enrolled Agent Exam Review Course prior to every annual meeting.  Note: There will not be any in-person EA Review courses available in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NSA is approved by NASBA, the IRS, ACAT, and CTEC as a provider of continuing professional education.


The National Society of Accountants is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:




NSA has been approved by the California Tax Education Council to offer the above courses to go towards the annual "continuing education" requirement imposed by the state of California. A listing of additional requirements to register as a tax preparer may be obtained by contacting CTEC at P.O. Box 2890, Sacramento, CA, 95812-2890, by phone at (877) 850-2832, or on the Internet at