Mission and History

AICPA Mission and History 

Founded in 1887, the AICPA represents the CPA profession nationally regarding rule-making and standard-setting, and serves as an advocate before legislative bodies, public interest groups and other professional organizations. The AICPA develops standards for audits of private companies and other services by CPAs; provides educational guidance materials to its members; develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination; and monitors and enforces compliance with the profession’s technical and ethical standards.

The AICPA’s founding established accountancy as a profession distinguished by rigorous educational requirements, high professional standards, a strict code of professional ethics, a licensing status and a commitment to serving the public interest.


Powering the success of global business, CPAs, CGMAs and specialty credentials by providing the most relevant knowledge, resources and advocacy, and protecting the evolving public interest. 

To achieve this mission, the AICPA engages in many activities.

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History of the AICPA

Article The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and its predecessors have a history dating back to 1887, when the American Association of Public Accountants (AAPA) was formed. Access a full history of the AICPA and its committees.
Published on May 04, 2016

AICPA Foundational Priorities

Article Foundational Priorities are key focus areas that holistically support the Vision and Mission of the AICPA.
Published on May 04, 2016

AICPA Activities & Major Programs

Article Learn about the major activities and programs the AICPA uses in the fulfillment of its mission.
Published on August 06, 2015

AICPA Values & Vision Statement

Article The AICPA is the world leader in driving vitality, relevance, and quality across the accounting profession, furthering its trust and influence.
Published on June 08, 2015

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