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Corporate Profile

Abitus Overview

Abitus is a leading Japanese professional education company.
Its corporate mission is to "help students build global careers by obtaining world-class qualifications, degrees and diplomas.

Abitus has achieved the No.1 market share in the professional education sector by building on the following strengths:

  • Leadership position and brand in the Japanese advanced education market.
  • International partnerships with leading educational institutions and professional certification organizations.
  • Solid customer base of working professionals seeking international qualifications and career growth.
  • More than 2,750 corporate customers.
  • Ability to tailor and domestically deliver educational content in collaboration with its international partners.
  • Digital distribution platform that can deliver educational materials in a variety of forms, from video, e-learning, mobile apps and electronic textbooks.

Abitus Focus

Abitus provides advanced, high-quality educational content from its global partnerships with leading institutions. Abitus students are working professionals seeking international qualifications/career growth, both online and face-to-face, and in a manner tailored to preferences of the Japanese.

U.S. CPA...U.S.Certified Public Accountant
CIA...Certified Internal Auditor
CISA...Certified Information System Auditor
CFE...Certified Fraud Examiner

Abitus’ Global Collaboration with Leading Educational/Certification Institutions

California State University, East Bay
Abitus's USCPA course qualifies for credits of CSUEB; the students are able to earn 29 accounting and 24 business credits while staying in Japan.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell
Abitus has partnered with the university in online MBA courses since 2012. Since then, more than 370 students have graduated through Abitus.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Since the opening of the USCPA course in 1995, Abitus has maintained a good relationship with AICPA, an association of certified public accountants in the United States operating the U.S. CPA system.
Information Systems Audit and Control Association
Abitus has collaborated with ISACA since it started the courses for the CISA®(Certified Information Systems Auditor) exam in 2007.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
Since the opening of the USCPA course in 1995, Abitus has maintained a good relationship with NASBA.
CThe Institute of Chartered Accounting in England and Wales
Abitus has collaborated with ICAEW since it started the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) certificate program in 2008.

Company History

History

  • 1995 Established U.S. Education Network, Inc. (USEN) in Tokyo; started courses for U.S.CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • 1996 Produced the first CPA textbooks in Japanese language
  • 1997 Formed an alliance with California State University, East Bay (Formerly Hayward)
  • 2000 Established Career Access, Inc.
  • 2001 Started e-learning programs for corporate customers
  • 2004 Started courses for TOEIC
  • 2005 Launched the program for CIA
  • 2007 Launched the program for CISA®
  • 2008 Launched the program for IFRS certificate (of ICAEW)
  • 2009 Established the IFRS consortium
  • 2012 Launched the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Online MBA program
  • 2016 Held the U.S.CPA program 20th anniversary party
  • 2018 Launched the program for U.S.CPA in Chinese language
  • 2019 Launched the program for CFE
  • 2021 Launched the International Certificate Program (ICP)

Abitus - No.1 Market Share in Japan

6,532

More than 6,532 students have passed the U.S. CPA
exam over Abitus’ 25 years of providing courses.

More than 4,236 Abitus
students have passed the CIA exam
More than 1,732 Abitus
students have passed the CISA® exam
More than 495 Abitus
students have passed the CFE exam

Original course materials and methods allow for efficient learning

Abitus' "Small-Unit" approach (micro-learning method), providing a range of classes both online and at its school buildings, allows students to learn in a variety of ways.

・Printed textbook
・Electronic textbook


・Exercise book (printed)
・Japanese translation of exercises (printed)
・Exercise apps
・Video on how to solve questions
・e-learning exercises
・Practice examination

e-learning classes
Live-streamed classes

Abitus Program

U.S. CPA Program ( U.S. Certified Public Accountant )

  • U.S. CPA (U.S. Certified Public Accountant) is a state-issued official license to provide accounting services to the public
  • AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) consists of more than 600,000 registered members.

6,532 Abitus students have passed the U.S. CPA exam (as of January 2024) -- an outstanding track record

A conference between AICPA's testing team members and Jun Usaka, President of Abitus


Alumni of students who passed the exam
Abitus has maintained a good relationship with AICPA (The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), an association of certified public accountants in the United States operating the U.S. CPA system.

Name of subject

FAR Financial Accounting and Reporting
BEC Business Environment and Concepts
AUD Auditing and Attestation
REG Regulation

U.S. CPA Program Abitus Partnership with California State University, East Bay

Students can efficiently satisfy qualifications for taking
U.S. CPA exam; students are able to earn credits from
the California State University while staying in Japan.

Take the U.S.CPA course

Take exam for credit certification

Earn credits required in order to take U.S. CPA exam

MBA program ( Master of Business Administration )

  • Abitus has partnered with the University of Massachusetts in the U.S. in an online MBA program.
  • Since Abitus entered into the partnership with the university in 2012, the program has produced a total of 797 graduates.
  • Students are able to earn an MBA degree from a U.S. university without a career break.
Alumni: The number of graduates has exceeded 370 (2012 – 2020).t

Abitus' curriculum consists of two stages – a Basic Course and an
Advanced Course -- which allows students to develop practical
abilities and skills through a well-structured program, as follows:

Basic Course Classes provided by Abitus' lecturers
  • 6 subjects on the fundamentals of management Lectures are given in Japanese.
  • Assignments must be written and submitted in English.
  • Students need to work on collaborative assignments with Japanese students.
Advanced Course English-based classes provided by UMass
  • 10 advanced subjects (7 requisite + 3 optional)
  • Lectures are given in English.
  • Assignments must be written and submitted in English.
  • Students need to work on collaborative assignments with students around the world.

CIA Program ( Certified Internal Auditor )

  • CIA is an international qualification awarded by IIA (The Institute of Internal Auditors), which assumes a leading role in internal audits.
  • The CIA exams, launched in 1974 for the purpose of proving the ability and expertise as internal auditors, are now held in about 190 countries/regions.

More than 4,236 Abitus students have
passed the CIA exam (as of January 2024)

  • Number of CIA holders worldwide: c. 160,000*
  • Number of CIA holders in Japan: 9,306*
*as of the end of 2019

Name of subject

Part1 Essential elements of internal auditing
Part2 Practice of internal auditing
Part3 Business knowledge for internal auditing

CFE Program ( Certified Fraud Examiner )

  • CFE is an international qualification awarded by ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) based in Texas, U.S.
  • The holders of CFE, an international qualification to prove expertise in fraud-related issues, have been on the rise globally.

More than 574 Abitus students have
pass the CFE exam (as of January 2024)

Since opening the course in 2019, Abitus has consistently produced students who pass the CFE exam. Given the ongoing trend, the number is expected to increase going forward.

  • Number of CFE holders worldwide: c. 75,000
  • Number of CFE holders in Japan: c. 1,500

Name of subject

Section1 Financial Transactions and Fraud Schemes
Section2 Law
Section3 Fraud Investigation
Section4 Fraud Prevention & Deterrence

CISA® Program (Certified Information Systems Auditor )

  • CISA is an international qualification to certify an individual's professional expertise in auditing of information systems, security and control.
  • CISA is awarded by ISACA® (Information Systems Audit and Control Association).
  • The world's oldest international qualification awarded to professionals of information systems auditing; the number of CISA holders has exceeded 145,000 globally.

1,732 Abitus students have passed the
CISA® exam (as of January 2024)

・The number of CISA holders is said to exceed 3,000 in Japan.

Historical changes in cumulative total number of CISA® holders

Name of subject

Domain1 Information System Auditing Process
Domain2 Governance and Management of IT
Domain3 Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation
Domain4 Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience
Domain5 Protection of Information Assets

IFRS Certificate Program ( International Financial Reporting Standards )

  • IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) refers to a set of accounting standards designated by IASB (The International Accounting Standards Board).
  • IFRS has been adopted/accepted by more than 140 countries in the world.
  • Abitus has provided, in Japanese, the classes for the IFRS exams hosted by ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).

Abitus began providing the IFRS course in November 2008 -- the first and only course to allow students to thoroughly learn IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) in a systematic manner in Japan.

881 Abitus students have passed the IFRS exam (as of January 2024)

The number of firms adopting IFRS has been increasing. Given this ongoing trend, the number of students is expected to increase going forward.

・Number of IFRS certificate holders in Japan: 1,122 (as of August 2020)

Abitus Corporate Training

Abitus Corporate Training

2,750 companies have introduced Abitus' training programs; these companies include major and high-profile companies, including general trading firms, financial institutions and audit corporations.

Selected training programs
Accounting & financial training programs
  • Corporate accounting training
  • Investment analysis training
  • English accounting training for beginners
  • Training on U.S. GAAP practices
Internal control training programs
  • Training for CIA exam
  • Training for CISA exam
  • Risk management training
  • Training for communications in auditing
IFRS training programs
  • Fundamental IFRS-based financial & accounting training
  • IFRS certificate training
Other training programs
  • Training on contract practices in M&A
  • Training on negotiations in English
  • Training on creating innovative ideas