Certified Public Accountants Association

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Certified Public Accountants Association (CPA UK)
Formation 1997; 18 years ago (1997) England, UK
Headquarters Onward Buildings, 207 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3NW  UK
Region served UK
Membership > 1,200
Member's designations ACPA, FCPA
Website www.acpa.org.uk
Former name Association of Certified Public Accountants

The Certified Public Accountants Association (CPA UK) (formerly Association of Certified Public Accountants) was formed in 1989 to represent the interests of certain Accountant in the United Kingdom

The Association's National Administration Centre and Head Office is in Manchester, England.[1]


CPA UK offers the designations of Certified Public Accountant (ACPA or FCPA). This is the main accounting qualification in the United States; there are also many CPAs in China, Australia and elsewhere.[2] CPA UK was founded in 1989 to offer a British version.[3]

The Association is a non-examining body and admits members based on their prior qualifications and experience. All applicants to the Association must complete a practical assessment of their work by providing the Association with copies of working-papers which they have prepared.

Members of the Association may use the designatory letters ACPA (Associates) or FCPA (Fellows).

Members wishing to use the designation Certified Public Accountant,or the designatory letters ACPA/ FCPA, in connection with offering services as a practising public accountant to the general public/business community, must be in possession of a valid, current practising certificate.

For a firm to use the designation Certified Public Accountant(s), all the partners or directors/shareholders must be members of the Association and the principal must hold a current practising certificate.


CPA UK is affiliated to:[4]

  • Association of Taxation and Management Accountants, a Recognised Tax Agent Association based in Australia (http://www.atma.com.au)
Research bodies


  1. ^ Contact details on official website
  2. ^ What is CPA UK? on official website
  3. ^ CPA UK history on official website
  4. ^ Affiliations, CPA UK

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