here's a different take on things: in addition to college credits that most accountants have to take, certified accountants have completed a certain amount of compulsory time in their field and have passed an exam to become certified. whether it is! auditing, internal audit or otherwise, many employers view certified accountants as more experienced and versatile. they tend to hold higher than entry level positions and may have career aspirations of being a CFO someday, whereas an uncertified accountant may spend many years trying to climb the ladder at an organization. SIMPLY PUT, they are better equipped to handle high level/challenging situations, due to the fact that they have a broader exposure to accounting through studying and work experience, which enabled then to get certified.