Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) Replaces CFFA Designation

The new Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) credential represents much more than a name change from the Certified Forensic Financial Analyst (CFFA) used previously. The accompanying professional standards, the body of knowledge, and the unparalleled training will be clearly reflective of a new standard of excellence in the field of financial forensics.

“The training and studying required to pass the exams and become a MAFF demonstrates a master’s level of certification in forensic accounting,” said Mike Rosten, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner with Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern, and one of only nine professionals in the state of Nevada to have the MAFF designation. “It more accurately describes the training and will add credibility to expert witnesses who have the designation.”

NACVA will continue to acknowledge the CFFA in literature and related websites to help facilitate and support CFFA members transitioning to the MAFF. Beginning October 12, 2014, the CFFA will be completely phased out of all Association literature. It is also the date by which credential holders must fully transition to using MAFF in place of CFFA.

NACVA offers practitioners seven different specialized training and credentialing pathways to acquire the MAFF. These areas—bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring; economic damages; business and intellectual property damages; business valuation in litigation; forensic accounting; fraud risk management; and matrimonial litigation—have common underpinnings yet with their own unique set of dynamics which sets the MAFF apart from financial forensics programs that are more generalized. The MAFF educational programs are presented by a team of nationally recognized financial forensic experts who are leaders in their respective fields.

About Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern is a full-service accounting and business advisory firm that provides accounting and auditing, tax, consulting, valuation and litigation support services. Founded locally in 1990, the firm specializes in the casino gaming and leisure time industries, governmental and not-for-profit organizations, real estate development and construction industries and the legal and general business communities. Now with offices in Sandy, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nevada, PBTK is one of the few independent accounting firms in its local markets that performs SEC audits. For more information on PBTK, visit or call Shannon Hiller at 702.384.1120.


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