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Advanced Defined Benefit Plans Audit Certificate Exam

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The Advanced Defined Benefit Plans Audit Certificate exam tests your ability to plan, perform and evaluate defined benefit plans, in accordance with AICPA standards and DOL rules and regulations. This exam is offered in a timed online format and consists of 75 multiple choice questions. In order to successfully pass the examination, you must be able to evaluate and analyze the core concepts related to client acceptance, engagement planning, engagement analysis, concluding an engagement and guiding principles for defined benefit plan audits.

Some of the topics that will be tested on the exam include:

  • Planning and General Procedures
  • Internal Control
  • Net Assets Available for Benefits
  • Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits
  • Accumulated Plan Benefits
  • Changes in Accumulated Plan Benefits
  • Terminations
  • Financial Statement Presentation, Disclosure & Regulatory Reporting
  • Audit Reports & Concluding the Audit

When you pass the exam, you will be awarded with a certificate in the form of a digital badge. Digital badges allow you to distinguish yourself in the marketplace and show your commitment to quality. The badge can be posted to your social media profiles and linked to your resume or email signature, providing maximum visibility to your achievement.

Visit our employee benefit plans audit certificate programs site for:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Information on how digital badges work
  • Learning options before taking the exam
  • Examples of the types of questions you may encounter on the exam

You will receive your official score and certificate or retake information 5 business days after completing the exam.

Important note: Each exam purchase entitles you to one exam (first attempt) and one re-take (second attempt) if you do not pass the first attempt. Prior to accessing the re-take, the AICPA recommends you study any topics identified in your first attempt exam results. If you do not pass either the first or second attempt, you must purchase two more attempts. Exams passed outside of these purchase and re-take rules will not result in the issuing of a digital badge. If you have any questions regarding the completion of any of your exam attempts, please contact digitalbadge@aicpa.org to verify your results.

By purchasing the exam, you understand and agree that the AICPA has the absolute and unrestricted right to revoke or suspend any rights you have to use the Advanced Defined Benefit Plans Audit Certificate digital badge image, or any representation thereof, if you are (a) convicted of any crime punishable by more than one year in prison or for any crime related to dishonesty, or (b) disciplined by any governmental or non-governmental authority that regulates, or enforces a code of conduct related to, your professional activities, including but not limited to, a state board of accountancy, AICPA, IRS, SEC, or PCAOB, or (c) a peer reviewer restricted from performing peer reviews by the Peer Review Program.


Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC) Members Save an Additional 15%!
If you are a EBPAQC member, you can save 15% off the registration price. To learn more and obtain the member discount code, visit the EBPAQC Website.

Need additional training?

Take the optional learning course, Advanced Auditing for Defined Benefit Pension Plans, to update or enhance your existing competencies prior to taking the exam. This course will take you through a mock audit, which will follow a single "client" through each phase of a defined benefit plan audit engagement, from planning to reporting. Click here to learn more.

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About the AICPA
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world's largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.