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Professional Organizations

Membership and active participation in professional organizations is important to demonstrate your drive, commitment, and pride in the profession. The following are the main professional organizations in accounting:

AICPA

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the central professional organization for CPAs. It continuously updates and refines the body of professional knowledge, regulates membership admission, innovates social responsibilities in emerging areas of practice, and polices the conduct of its members. It presently has about 320,000 members, with the majority of them in public accounting. Its monthly publication is the "Journal of Accountancy. " For information about the Institute's programs, write to:

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N. Y. 10036-8775

CalCPA

CalCPA is the nation’s largest statewide association of CPAs. Since being founded in 1909, CalCPA has flourished and today represents more than 35,000 members. No matter where you are in your career, CalCPA is ready to contribute to your success. Some of the ways we do this most powerfully are through Advocacy, Image Enhancement, Networking opportunities, and Continuing Education.

To find out more, please visit www.calcpa.org or contact us at
(800) 922-5272; calcpamember@calcpa.org; or
CalCPA
1235 Radio Road
Redwood City, CA 94065

IMA

The Institute of Management Accountants was founded in 1919 to represent the interest of management accountants. It presently has more than 100,000 members and more than 350 chapters worldwide. Its monthly publication is "Management Accounting." The IMA's address is:

Institute of Management Accountants
P.O. Box 433 10 Paragon Drive
Montvale, N. J. 07645

AAA

The American Accounting Association (AAA) was founded in 1916 and focuses its activities on accounting theory, research, and all phases of accounting education. It publishes a quarterly journal, "The Accounting Review." The AAA's address is:

American Accounting Association
5717 Bessie Drive
Sarasota, FL 33583

IIA

The Institute of Internal Auditors was founded in 1941 to represent the interest of internal auditors. It established the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation in 1974, and publishes a quarterly magazine "The Internal Auditor." The IIA address is:

Institute of Internal Auditors, Inc.
249 Maitland Avenue, Box 1119
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701-4201

Other Professional Associations:

National Association of Black Accountants
3001 Street, N.E., Suite 107
Washington, DC 20002

American Society of Women Accountants
35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2250
Chicago, Il. 60601

American Women's Society of CPA's
11 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 600
Chicago, IL. 60601