The Global Accounting Alliance is made up of 10 of the world’s leading accounting institutes, working together to promote quality services, share information and collaborate on important international issues.
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) combines the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 696,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMA designation holders and accounting and finance professionals globally.
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is used by Canada’s accounting profession across the country. The profession’s national body, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), is one of the largest in the world with more than 200,000 members, both at home and aboard. The Canadian CPA was created with the unification of three legacy accounting designations (CA, CGA and CMA). CPAs are valued for their financial and tax expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. CPA Canada conducts research in to current and emerging business issues and supports the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards for business, not-for-profit organizations and government. CPA Canada issues guidance and thought leadership on a variety of technical matters, publishes professional literature and develops education and professional certification programs.
Phone: 416 977 3222
Fax: 416 977 8585
Chartered Accountants Ireland
Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s leading professional accountancy body, representing 29,500 influential members around the world and educating 7,000 students. The Institute aims to create opportunities for members and students, and ethical, sustainable prosperity for society. An all-island body, Chartered Accountants Ireland was established by Royal Charter in 1888 and now has members in more than 90 countries. It is a founding member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, the international network of over one million chartered accountants. It also plays key roles in Accountancy Europe and the International Federation of Accountants.
Chartered Accountants Ireland members provide leadership in business, the public sector and professional practice, bringing experience, expertise and strict standards to their work for, and with, businesses in every sector. The Institute engages with governments, policy makers and regulators on key issues affecting the profession and the wider economy.
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is one of the leading accountancy bodies in South Africa and one of the prominent institutes globally. SAICA offers three reputable professional accounting and business designations from a foundational to a strategic level of accounting and business competence namely the Accounting Technician [AT(SA)], Associate General Accountant [AGA(SA)] and Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)]. The Institute provides a wide range of support services to more than 50 000 members and associates who hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in their spheres of business operation.
SAICA’s designations are underpinned by the SAICA Code of Professional Conduct (the SAICA Code) and continuous professional development (CPD) to ensure the highest level of professionalism, discipline and performance.
SAICA is at the forefront of developing, influencing and leading the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence in the delivery of quality accountancy skills. This is achieved by safeguarding the professional standards of the designations we offer; advancing and maintaining the relevance of the profession; and by regulating the members’ and associates’ professional conduct against the SAICA Code.
The objectives of SAICA are to support the development of the South African economy and society and to promote the interests of SAICA members and associates.
Senior Executive, Member Engagement
Phone: +27 11 621 6600
Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e.V. (IDW)
Founded in 1932, the IDW is an incorporated association of over 14,000 German public auditors and auditing firms. The IDW represents profession’s interests both within Germany and internationally, undertaking technical work relevant to the fields in which its members are active. Members have access to a wide range of services and also, through the IDW Academy, an extensive program of education and continuous professional education. Membership of the IDW is voluntary, and it is gratifying that more than 81 % of the German public auditor profession are members of the IDW.
German public auditors are members of a highly esteemed profession; the only profession authorised to perform statutory audits of German companies legally defined as large. However the services German public auditors offer are not limited to auditing, but extend from tax advice, including legal representation in tax matters, to providing expertise in any area of business management, insolvency, trusteeship, advice on financial matters and under certain circumstances even legal advice.
Before they are officially appointed, candidates must gain appropriate professional experience before passing stringent professional examinations covering a range of subjects essential to the profession and finally swear the professional oath before the German Chamber of Public Auditors [Wirtschaftsprüferkammer]; membership of which is compulsory.
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is the accounting practice standard-bearer in both countries, but also has more than 136,000 members in more than 100 countries. The organization’s strategy is to shape the profession proactively by developing opportunities for its members, their clients and the communities in which they live and work.
CA ANZ champions financial integrity, smart solutions and analytical thinking. The organization’s mission is to be an educator of future leaders, a bastion of trustworthy advice, support and guidance for members, business leaders, and broader society.
CA ANZ provides a myriad of resources – library, business tools, meeting rooms, online and face-to face courses, journals, white papers – for members to ensure they have what they need to carry out their critical role, whether they be providing services and advice to the public, private business, not-for-profits, or government.
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Member Support Team
Phone: 1300 137 322 (from within Australia)
Phone: 0800 469 422 (from within New Zealand)
Phone: +61 2 9290 5660 (from outside Australia)
Phone: +64 4 474 7840 (from outside New Zealand)
ICAEW – The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Chartered accountants are talented, ethical and committed professionals. There are more than 1.8m chartered accountants and students in the world, and more than 187,800 of them are members and students of ICAEW. All of the top 100 global brands employ chartered accountants.
Founded in 1880, ICAEW has a long history of serving the public interest and we continue to work with governments, regulators and business leaders globally. And, as a world-leading improvement regulator, we supervise and monitor over 12,000 firms, holding them, and all ICAEW members and students, to the highest standards of professional competency and conduct.
We promote inclusivity, diversity and fairness and we give talented professionals the skills and values they need to build resilient businesses, economies and societies, while ensuring our planet’s resources are managed sustainably.
ICAEW is the first major professional body to be carbon neutral, demonstrating our commitment to tackle climate change and supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal 13.
We believe that chartered accountancy can be a force for positive change. By sharing our insight, expertise and understanding we can help to create sustainable economies and a better future for all.
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Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
ICAS was the first professional body of accountants, created by Royal Charter in 1854. Today we are a professional body for over 23,000 Chartered Accountants who have achieved the internationally recognised and respected CA qualification, and who work in the UK and more than 100 countries around the world. We educate, examine and lead, enabling excellence whilst always working for the wider public good.
Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
The Hong Kong Institute of CPAs is the statutory body established by the Professional Accountants Ordinance responsible for the professional training and development of Certified Public Accountants in Hong Kong, as well as the setting of professional standards for the profession. Currently, the Institute has over 47,000 members and over 14,000 registered students. Members of the Institute are entitled to the description Certified Public Accountant and to the designatory letters CPA.
The Hong Kong Institute of CPAs evolved from the Hong Kong Society of Accountants, which was established on 1 January 1973. The Institute operates under the Professional Accountants Ordinance and works in the public interest.
The Institute has wide-ranging responsibilities, including assuring the quality of entry into the profession through its postgraduate Qualification Programme (QP) and promulgating financial reporting, auditing and ethical standards in Hong Kong to safeguard its leadership as an international financial centre.
The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (JICPA)
The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (JICPA) is the sole organization for the CPA profession in Japan. It was originally formed in 1949 as a self-disciplinary association and reorganized under the Certified Public Accountants Act in 1966. In order to practice as a CPA, a qualified person must register with the JICPA and join its membership. In this way the JICPA may effectively guide and supervise its members and maintain close contact with them for the maintenance of a strong and independent organization. The JICPA, through its various committees and project teams, carries out a wide range of activities from self-regulation to the provision of services to its members.