Accountants and financial auditors organize and analyze financial records and transactions for organizations and individual clients. This group includes articling students in accounting firms.
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Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is the designation established in 2013 for professional accountants across Canada. In 2015, B.C. passed legislation to unify its three professional accounting bodies—Certified Management Accountants, Chartered Accountants and Certified General Accountants—under the one designation. The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is this province’s regulator for CPAs, and is part of the national Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).
The CPA designation opens up a wide range of careers in finance, audit, tax and financial reporting. While accountants may also be undesignated, they may face limits to their career advancement without the CPA. The CPA is mandatory for those interested in providing regulated accounting services, and it is often the credential demanded for many other senior financial positions.