The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 400,000 members in 145 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 (CIMA), it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.

    This year's annual report, “Looking Forward, Reaching Out, Giving Back,” focuses on the CPA profession’s influence in transforming today’s complex and changing world into opportunities.

    AICPA Insights is the official blog for the AICPA. It features posts from AICPA staff on a variety of topics affecting the accounting profession, the AICPA and its members.

    Providing a directory for members, Where to Turn includes contact information for various teams within the AICPA and connects members with useful resources.

    21st Century Brochure 

    The AICPA: Creating a 21st Century Profession highlights the AICPA’s role within the CPA profession and how the profession and the AICPA serve the public.

    2013 AICPA Membership 

    362,016 Voting Members

    45% Public Accounting
    B: 37% Management Accounting
    C: 13% Retired & Miscellaneous
    D: 3% Government
    E: 2% Education

    Did You Know? 

    When the AICPA was founded in 1887, we were named the American Association of Public Accountants. The original members of the AICPA were primarily English and Scottish chartered accountants working in what had been a poorly defined profession. Founding members wanted to ensure that accountancy gained respect as a profession and was practiced by ethical, competent professionals. Even though the AICPA has merged with other professional accounting organizations and reorganized over the last hundred years, we have always retained these goals.


    Evolution of a Profession 
    The American Institute of CPAs was formed in 1887 and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. As part of the celebration, this short video reviews the history of the accounting profession from its origins 8,000 years ago to present day.

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