You may have seen some James Bond 007-like TV ads for Chartered Professional Accountants, and wondered why you haven’t heard of them before. It’s the same accountants – the Chartered Professional Accountants (CGA’s), the Certified Management Accountants (CMA’s), and the Chartered Accountants (CA’s) – now united in the new professional association called the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA’s). This unification will be a benefit for our clients, employers of professional accountants, and accounting students.
The unified CPA eliminates redundancy caused by having 3 professional accounting associations. All designated accountants will be regulated by one body, and under harmonized standards and regulations. New CPAs will be trained under a common certification program. Confusion will be reduced, and hiring processes simplified for recruiters and business clients. In the next few months Clark, Robinson will be fully adopting the CPA designation, after B.C. legislation is passed.