AAFM ®  American Academy of Financial Management ®

Certifying Board & Accreditation Council

The AAFM ® Board is the 1st to articulate directly with accreditation agencies, double accredited & government recognized business schools, Accredited Law Schools, and MBA programs worldwide for higher standards..


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AAFM ® Accredited Education - AAFM's Level II and ABA is the Highest

Standards for Professional Designations and Board Certifications in the United States

AAFM Recognizes over 1000 of the top accredited business schools programs in the world such as the ACBSP and AACSB


A Guide to AAFM ®  Certification Quality Standards

Professional Designations in the United States and Internationally have a long history of standards. Legal cases such as the IBANEZ decision of the Supreme Court imply that bone fide "board certifications" or "professional designation" criteria includes: 1) Accredited Education, 2) Assessment, 3) Degree 4) Continuing Education and 5) Ethics/Professionalism 6) Experience.


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AAFM  ® recognizes and demands level 2 accredited program exams and courses administered by US Business Schools. Further, AAFM recognizes and demands ABA doctorate level education.


Types of Certifications and Accreditation Standards - Level II is the Highest


1.) Certification requiring Level 2 Accredited education and exams. This is the highest form of educational requirements. This education is generally preferred for CPA licensure and for certifications from organizations such as the AAFM American Academy of Financial Management. Level 2 means that both the college or university is accredited AND the business school is also separately accredited by a government recognized body. The ACBSP, AACSB or EQUIS are examples of level 2 accreditation while education from an ABA American Bar Association education would also be level 2.

2.) Charters or Certification requiring a college diploma and exams. This is a high standard but does not require Level 2 Accreditation Degree. Thus, the degree may be from a good school offshore but it may not be accredited by a recognized organization. Certifications in this category focus on giving only exams as a path to achieving a "non government recognized professional designation" or becoming chartered with a credential as a financial analyst.

3.) Credential requiring only exam. This standard is strong but does not require a degree historically but rather a test only. Examples are a project management designation or a typical financial planner designation or credential.


* ABA American Bar Association Statement on Juris Doctor Education and Degrees. - Law School Education - The J.D. Degree - Ph.D. Degree Equivalency Statement by ABA.

WHEREAS, the acquisition of a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree requires from 84 to 90 semester hours of post baccalaureate study and the Doctor of Philosophy degree usually requires 60 semester hours of post baccalaureate study along with the writing of a dissertation, the two degrees shall be considered as equivalent degrees for educational employment purposes; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that all appropriate persons be requested to eliminate any policy, or practice, existing within their jurisdiction which disparages legal education or promotes discriminatory employment practices against J.D. degree-holders who hold academic appointment in education institutions. Ref: http://apps.americanbar.org/legaled/accreditation/Council%20Statements.pdf


* Note: A degree, MBA, MSc, or credential based on a Level 2 education is more widely accepted globally than qualifications or degrees that do not maintain "Level 2" Status. Further, course credits are more easily transferable with reciprocity from Level 2 business schools and institutions that are double accredited.


*Most State and Sovereign Governments worldwide prefer Level II Accreditation for the purposes of business school standards, top MBA programs, or becoming a CPA or Chartered Accountant. Further, Government recognized Bar Accredited Education is required for a legal education and licenses. Level 2 accreditation – the business school. In a Level 2 accreditation, the college or university and the business school are separately accredited, but the accounting program is not separately accredited. This level applies to a business school that is accredited by an organization recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized or professional accrediting organization, such as the AACSB or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).



*Read about AAFM® Global Recognition. AAFM® has consulted with the US Government, United Nations, and other governmental bodies worldwide. These accredited education and exam requirements have been public and disclosed on governmental and authoritative guides for over a decade. As seen in the US Governments' Occupational Handbook.

Benefits of Certification from AAFM ™ International Board of Standards USA

  • Gain Recognition from The Professional Global Certifying Body and Accreditation Council.
  • US and Credential Recognition with US Credential Verification. Use of Board Certified Post Nominals and Designations after your name on your Business Card
  • Protect your job by achieving recognition from: an independent, vendor neutral, recognized and global authority
  • Enhance your digital resume a key membership and industry recognized certification.
  • You can add AAFM ® to your Resume, Degree or Professional Licenses & Improve your professional image and salary potential
  • Request to Publish Research on our journal, publications, or website as a Certified Member.
  • Assist the AAFM with its work with the United Nations, Accreditation Agencies, and Department of Labor.
  • Obtain CPE continuing education easily from any of the 560 business schools that we recognize
  • Join our Global Members network
  • Members in more than 150 Countries with Global  Professional Membership and Articulation Alliances
  • The AAFM ® Board has international alliances with Leading Associations in the Arab World, Asia, Africa, India, China, Asia, Singapore and more.
  • The AAFM ® Official Approved Annual Conference is a TOP Global Conference on International Money, Tax, and Market Issues.  Events
  • Top Faculty from around the world are AAFM Members, Global Advisors and Fellows. See: Board

AAFM ® Global Industry Recognition


AAFM ® has over 10 Certifications that are globally recognized. Certifications in Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Risk Management, and Economics. The AAFM ® Board of Standards or Related Accrediation, Education, and Diplomatic Agreements have been recognized listed, disclosed, or in alliances with the following institutions, governmental organizations or agencies.




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