The American Institute of CPAs is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 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.

During the past year, AICPA members have worked diligently to get ready for what’s next for the profession. Learn how members are anticipating the needs of the profession in the AICPA’s Annual Report, "Ready for the Next," covering Aug. 1, 2015, through Jul. 31, 2016.

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.

2015 AICPA Membership 

375,659 Voting Members

47% Public Accounting
B: 34% Management Accounting
C: 14% Retired & Miscellaneous
D: 3% Government
E: 2% Education


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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