The AICPA Wants More Members (And I'm Cool With That)
Now listen, I'm not trashing the AICPA for wanting more members, I think it's an awesome idea. Had they come up with this back when I was CPA Wrangling for a California CPA, I would have totally tried to have him sponsor me for a membership. After all, it's the AICPA! We're talking creme de la creme of accounting, bizarre pigheaded ad campaigns aside.
So says the AICPA:
The governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants approved revisions to the Institute’s membership categories to draw more qualified people into the accounting profession and widen the availability of AICPA knowledge and resources.
“The strength and dynamism of the CPA profession is based on a broad range of expertise and career paths in public practice, business, industry, government and education” said AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon. “This was a comprehensive review of our affiliate, associate and voting member categories. The changes aim at maintaining the prestige of the CPA and keeping the inflow of new members steady and strong.”
It's brilliant. Accounting is cool for the first time since Matthew strapped on a green eyeshade and demanded Jesus pay his taxes, why not expand membership to include not just accountants but enthusiasts of the industry like myself who don't quite fit into the predetermined categories of "professionals" in the industry?
Good for them. JDA stamp of approval!
Happened to catch our buddy Benjamin Bankes on the teevee this evening, which made me feel even prouder to be professionally located on the fringes of the accounting industry. Awwww.