About the AICPA

The American Institute of CPAs is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 428,000 members, 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.

AICPA Annual Report

Beginning with the 2017 fiscal year, we are producing an integrated annual report for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. It encompasses the activities and performance of the American Institute of CPAs and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Association's annual report

AICPA annual reports prior to 2017




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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