The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) is one of the largest Irish accountancy bodies with in excess of 5,000 members and students. The CPA is a founding member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global organization of accounting professionals comprised of 157 member bodies in 123 countries and representing 2.5 million accountants in every sector. The CPA designation is the most commonly used designation worldwide for professional accountants, and the Institute’s qualification enjoys world-wide recognition. Its current membership base represents public practice, industry, financial services, and the public sector in over 28 countries. The Institute has a mutual recognition agreement with Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA), representing 70,000 professional accountants and students across Canada and around the world.
The Institute entered into a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with the world’s seventh largest Accounting body, CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants Australia) in 2010. The MRA offers both bodies the opportunity for key strategic partnerships and provides a route for qualified members of each body to become a member of the other body, and to enjoy the benefits which each organization offers.
The MRA also offers the opportunity to work more collaboratively, providing increased level of service to members; undertaking joint research and thought leadership initiatives on the global stage, and acting as advocates within the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and regional accounting networks. CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a membership of more than 122,000 finance, accounting and business professionals across the globe. In areas of financial reporting, taxation and corporate governance they are thought leaders in Australia and internationally.
Education, training, technical support and advocacy are their core services for members. Staff and members work together with local and international bodies to represent the views and concerns of the profession to federal, state and territory governments and to regulators, industry, academia and the general public. For more information visit www.cpaaustralia.com.au.