If Knowledge is Power, Watch Out.

Advance Your Career. Earn Your APA®.

Petroleum accountants face an industry subject to unique guidelines and certifications—which makes APA® Certification, a unique credential among other accounting certifications, so critical. 


What is APA® Certification?

Overseen by the COPAS Board of Examiners, the Accredited Petroleum Accountant® certification program is responsible for accrediting accountants within the oil and gas industry and equipping them with the knowledge and understanding to excel, and achieve a heightened level of accuracy and ethics, in their job performance.


One Exam Tests Essential Knowledge in These Areas:

  • Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Accounting
  • General Accounting
  • Upstream
  • Midstream
  • Downstream

Accountants Who Earn their APA®

Prove and use their knowledge

This accreditation proves to your employer and peers that you have the knowledge to handle any challenging accounting, finance or business situations in the oil and gas industry.

Distinguish themselves

Becoming an APA® certified accountant is an earned honor and privilege. As with most accreditations, the APA® requires holders to maintain continuing education and uphold the APA® Code of Ethics.

Advance their careers

Showcasing your knowledge and status as an Accredited Petroleum Accountant® will help you stand out. You’ll increase your chances at internal promotions and gain more clients and engagements within the industry. 

Being an APA® is a boost to your self-esteem. It indicates you know your ‘stuff.’ This confidence may increase your chances of advancement and in building trust relationships with prospects and clients.

Patricia Ellington, APA®

Testing Windows

The  APA® examination is offered during five testing windows each year in March, May, July, September and November.

Interested in Getting Earning Your APA®? Let us Know!

We’ll send you our candidate handbook and notify you when enrollment for our next testing window becomes available.