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Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) - firm membership

1 year ago · 1 min read

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Mission & Requirements

Any eligible CPA firm may seek Membership or Associate Membership in the CAQ by submitting an application in the prescribed form. The application will be considered by the CAQ on the basis of whether the applicant firm meets the Membership or Associate Membership eligibility or other criteria and agrees to comply with the requirements for either class of membership as determined by the CAQ Governing Board and in effect at the time of the CAQ’s receipt of the application.

CAQ Membership Eligibility and Requirements

Membership Eligibility

Any eligible CPA firm may seek Membership or Associate Membership in the CAQ by submitting an application in the prescribed form. The application will be considered by the CAQ on the basis of whether the applicant firm meets the Membership or Associate Membership eligibility or other criteria and agrees to comply with the requirements for either class of membership as determined by the CAQ Governing Board and in effect at the time of the CAQ’s receipt of the application.

Membership in the CAQ is available in one of two classes:

a. Membership in the CAQ is available to a CPA firm that is registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
b. Associate Membership is available to a CPA firm that is not registered with the PCAOB.

Membership or Associate membership in the CAQ shall not constitute membership in the AICPA nor entitle any Member or Associate member firm to any of the rights or privileges of membership in the AICPA.

Membership Requirements

Each Member or Associate Member must:

a. Pay dues to the CAQ in an amount established by the CAQ Governing Board.

All members are required to pay applicable dues or assessments, which are to be approved annually by the CAQ Governing Board. Dues or assessments are due and payable in full at the time and in the manner determined by the CAQ. Dues or assessments are not subject to refund in whole or in part at any time including in the circumstance of:

  • a merger, consolidation, or other combination of two or more members

  • resignation, termination, or dissolution if a firm has enjoyed Membership or Associate Membership for any part of the year for which the dues or assessments apply.

b. Use its best efforts to ensure that all of its partners, owners, shareholders, and employees residing in the U.S. and eligible for membership status in the AICPA acquire and retain AICPA membership.

The CAQ Governing Board may establish such other criteria for Membership or Associate Membership as it deems appropriate.

Membership or Associate Membership in the CAQ may be terminated:

a. by a member, upon written notice submitted by the member to the CAQ
b. upon the member’s failure to meet the eligibility criteria or membership requirements
c. in the case of a Member, upon revocation of the firm’s registration by the PCAOB

Benefits of CAQ Membership

The CAQ can help your firm demonstrate its commitment to public company audit quality and shaping the profession's role and position in the regulatory environment.

The CAQ offers resources to enhance the quality of your firm's public company audit practice, including:

Please visit the CAQ's Resources and News and Events pages to view some of the membership benefits described above.

CAQ Annual Update

Each year the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) requests that member firms update their records. The information provided is important as it is used to ensure you receive timely, relevant, and informative updates on current issues and events from the CAQ as well as to calculate your firm's annual dues for CAQ membership.

The CAQ Annual Update is conducted via an online survey that is emailed to the firm contact partners each summer.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Contact the CAQ

Center for Audit Quality
555 13th Street NW
Suite 425 E
Washington, DC 20004
202-609-8120
info@thecaq.org

If you require additional information, would like to give feedback, or have questions, please contact us.

For membership and technical questions related to public company audits please feel free to contact us via:

Additionally, the CAQ staff directory is accessible at the respective link.

Do you have questions?

For more information on the Center for Audit Quality, or if you have questions about the dues structure, email membership@thecaq.org

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