Chartered Accountants were the first accountants to form to professional body, initially established in Britain in 1854. The Edinburgh Society of Accountants (formed 1854), the Glasgow Institute of Accountants and Actuaries (1854) and the Aberdeen Society of Accountants (1867) were each granted a royal charter almost from their inception. The title is an internationally recognised professional designation.
Chartered Accountants work in all fields of business and finance, including audit, taxation, financial and general management. Some are engaged in public practice work, others work in the private sector and some are employed by government bodies.
Chartered Accountants Institutes require members to undertake a minimum level of continuing professional development to stay professionally competitive. They facilitate special interest groups which lead in their fields. They provide support to members by offering advisory services, technical helplines and technical libraries. They also offer opportunities for professional networking and career and business development.
In the United States the approximate equivalent is the Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Read more about Chartered Accountant: List of Institutes of Chartered Accountants
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“The chartered recountants take the thing to pieces and put it together again. They enjoy it. The artist takes it to pieces and makes a new thing, new things. He must.”
—Samuel Beckett (19061989)