Advocacy - Protecting and promoting the profession’s interests as the national representative of CPAs before government, regulatory bodies and other organizations.
Certification and Licensing - Seeking the highest possible level of uniform certification and licensing standards and promoting and protecting the CPA designation.
Communications - Promoting public awareness of and confidence in the integrity, objectivity, competence and professionalism of CPAs and incorporating the needs and views of CPAs into communications programs.
Recruitment and Education - Encouraging highly qualified individuals to become CPAs and supporting the development of outstanding academic programs.
Standards and Performance - Establishing professional standards; assisting members in continually improving their professional conduct, performance, and expertise; and monitoring such performance to ensure adherence to current standards and requirements.
The AICPA has developed major programs to implement this mission. Ongoing programs include:
- Evaluating international, national and local issues and trends, and tracking and analysis of challenges and opportunities for the profession.
- Undertaking recruitment efforts to attract highly qualified and diverse individuals into the profession and position the profession as offering a rich array of work and career paths.
- Promoting outstanding academic programs and an emphasis on teaching quality.
- Preparing and grading the Uniform CPA Examination and encouragement of efforts to adopt uniform, high level requirements governing the issuance of the CPA certificate.
- Promulgating standards, setting of requirements for, and membership assistance in the continuous improvement of professional and ethical conduct, performance and expertise.
- Chartered Global Management Accountant ® (CGMA®) - Two of the world’s most prestigious accounting bodies, the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), have formed a joint-venture to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. In elevating management accounting, the designation recognizes the most talented and committed management accountants with the discipline and skill to drive strong business performance.
- Supporting efforts of the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Private Company Council to develop alternatives in U.S. GAAP to reflect the private company environment.
- Encouraging America's Main Street businesses and their stakeholders to use the AICPA's Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities, a non-GAAP financial reporting option that delivers streamlined, relevant and consistent financial statements in a cost-beneficial way.
- Supporting the development of international convergence, including accounting standards, auditing standards, and ethics.
- Developing measures to continually improve the financial reporting system and to detect, expose and prevent fraud.
- Operating comprehensive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs for CPAs.
- Managing 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy, a national volunteer effort of the nation’s Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills. It focuses on financial education as a lifelong endeavor—from children learning about the value of money to adults reaching a secure retirement.
- Managing Feed the Pig, a financial literacy campaign sponsored by the AICPA, and it encourages and helps Americans aged 25 to 34 to take control of their personal finances. The website provides helpful tools, articles, tons of tips and other resources to help people on their path to financial stability.
- Promoting federal through What's at Stake? A CPA's Insights into the Federal Government's Finances, a video that shows the financial sustainability of our country could be in jeopardy. It offers guidance for policymakers and the public on how the U.S. government’s financial statements can be used for greater understanding of the nation’s fiscal health.