One year ago, we were still in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything around us was changing, and the crisis thrust our profession into a new way of working seemingly overnight.
In this disruption, you never wavered. You adapted to the unpredictable environment, evolving what you do and how you do it to lead your clients, businesses and communities through the crisis. Because of your work, we’re on the path of economic recovery. And because of you, our profession not only endured, but it became more agile, influential and trusted than ever before.
Over the years, our profession has faced many challenges, but we’ve thrived because we have not bent to change — we’ve embraced it. The key to our continued success is our ability to adapt, innovate and grow no matter the circumstances.
That’s exactly what the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is doing. We’re building on our successes and embracing change to continue supporting you during this crisis and whatever lies ahead.
Driving a dynamic, prosperous, global profession
Four years ago, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) combined forces to form the Association. Since then, we’ve achieved a lot for our members and the accounting and finance profession.
A few key efforts include:
- Increased US and global advocacy efforts promoting the CPA credential across the world
- Expanded member benefits like business modeling resources, new assurance services and our ENGAGE conference
- Broadened access to learning and skills development, including the Go beyond+ disruption professional development series and Digital Mindset Pack
- Opened up the CPA to new candidates by launching the CPA Exam in India and other locations
Our larger footprint has also been vitally important in helping us drive the highest levels of accounting, auditing and finance quality globally. CPAs represent the highest standard of competency, ethics and quality and are of great value to the world’s economies.
We’re driving a dynamic accounting and finance profession worldwide, working hard to keep it strong, trusted and vibrant and powering your success and employability.
Joining together in a new way
Building on this momentum, we’re taking the next step in our journey to truly reposition the combined power of AICPA & CIMA as one global organization driven by the Association; one organization recognized as the most influential accounting body in the world; one organization that is the voice of our members, protecting the public interest and powering trust, opportunity and prosperity worldwide.
We’re exclusively using our AICPA & CIMA logo across all activities, except where legally and regulatorily required to do otherwise.
As a CPA as well as a member, I’m excited about this change and what it signifies — the opportunity to truly show the power and influence of AICPA & CIMA.
Rest assured that the AICPA continues to represent all the great things you’ve known, and this is only a visual change. The AICPA’s commitment to ethics, quality and the public interest remains, and we’ll continue to serve members and the public, grow the pipeline of future CPAs and promote and protect the CPA.
Where do we go from here?
Over the coming weeks, you’ll begin to see greater use of our AICPA & CIMA logo across our communications and activities. Certain activities will retain the AICPA-only logo due to their reference in state law or regulation and the importance to our public protection mandate — for example, the AICPA Peer Review Program. For the rest, we’ve already started to transition many of our products, resources, conferences and publications and will continue updating these in the year ahead.
If you have any questions related to this transition, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. As always, we value our connection to you, and we thank you for your membership. Because together, as one, unified profession, we’re stronger. I look forward to where we’ll go next.
Susan S. Coffey, CPA, CGMA, Chief Executive Officer – Public Accounting, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants