Mission & History

Mission

We are the most influential body of professional accountants in the world. 

Our mission is to drive a dynamic accounting profession ready to meet the demands of a constantly changing, disruptive world. We serve 650,000 CPAs, CGMAs and students in 179 countries — providing the tools, resources and intelligence they need to clarify complexity, anticipate risk and create opportunity.

We are their voice, protecting the public interest and powering trust, opportunity and prosperity worldwide.

History

Formed by members of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants builds on a century-long heritage of excellence.

AICPA
American Association of Public Accountants (AAPA) is founded

AICPA
AAPA merges with the Federation of Societies of Public Accountants

AICPA
AAPA forms committee to create ethical standards for members

AICPA
AAPA is succeeded by the Institute of Public Accountants

AICPA
Name changes to American Institute of Accountants

CIMA
The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWA) is founded

AICPA
American Society of Certified Public Accountants forms, acting as a federation of state societies

AICPA
American Society of Certified Public Accountants merges into the American Institute of Accountants

AICPA
Name changes to American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

CIMA
Name changes to the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA)

CIMA
ICMA is granted a Royal Charter

CIMA
Name changes to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

AICPA
AICPA makes peer review mandatory

CIMA
CIMA members are given right to use title Chartered Management Accountant

AICPA
AICPA computerizes Uniform CPA exam

AICPA & CIMA
AICPA and CIMA enter into a joint venture

AICPA
CPA Exam is offered outside the U.S. for the first time

AICPA & CIMA
AICPA and CIMA launch the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation

AICPA & CIMA
AICPA and CIMA introduce CGMA Competency Framework

AICPA & CIMA
AICPA and CIMA launch Global Management Accounting Principles

AICPA & CIMA
AICPA | CIMA Competency and Learning web site launches

CIMA
CIMA moves to computer-based assessments

AICPA & CIMA
AICPA and CIMA members approve the creation of a new global association to represent public and management accounting around the world

AICPA & CIMA
Association of International Certified Professional Accountants forms