Dear Fellow AICPA Member:
Today, I’d like to start a conversation about a proposal to further drive our profession’s vitality and relevance for generations to come.
Quality is one of our core values. The AICPA Board believes quality is strengthened when we drive enhancements in public and management accounting alike.
In 2011, the AICPA entered into a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). You may not have heard about AICPA’s joint venture with CIMA, but CIMA is the world’s leading and largest management accounting professional body that prepares people for careers in business and government and establishes management accounting best practices. This joint venture has already seen participation by more than 50,000 CPAs in the U.S. It has allowed us to deepen resources and offer a complementary designation, the CGMA, for the approximately 50 percent of AICPA members who work in businesses of all sizes and in ownership structures.
Research shows increased employer demand for management accounting competencies. Talent shortages, international trends and demographic shifts will alter the face and expectations of the next generation. The AICPA Board has assessed the success of our work with CIMA in light of extensive trends research and believes it’s in the best interests of the profession to take the next step in the evolution of the joint venture.
We are proposing to create a new association – in addition to the AICPA and CIMA – that would integrate operations, strategy and management from both organizations to further advance advocacy, achieve economies of scale and better support accounting professionals. The main functions of the AICPA will continue to be growing and strengthening the CPA in the US and extending its influence. The new association will provide us with a broader platform for protecting, promoting, and growing the entire accounting profession.
AICPA members would remain members of the AICPA and be awarded membership in the new association as part of their regular AICPA dues. Similarly, CIMA members would remain members of CIMA and be part of the new association. Together, we would advocate for the public interest and promote your designations with the power of more than 600,000 current and next generation professionals worldwide. We would accelerate and deepen the research, resources and services we provide.
Over the coming months, the conversation will continue and we will share more information about our vision for the future of the accounting profession. We want to hear your perspective on this proposal. I encourage you to visit www.aicpa.org/horizons to learn more and share your comments. Thank you for your time and for your support of our profession.
It’s a great day to be a CPA!
Tim Christen, CPA, CGMA
Chairman, AICPA Board of Directors