Membership Categories

Membership Categories

As a result of our recent bylaws vote, the new, simplified membership categories are as follows:

Certified Member – Individuals holding CPA certification.
Associate (Non-CPA) Member – Select non-CPAs.
International Member – CPA equivalents from non-U.S. countries.
Student Member – College students who are taking accounting courses.

Eligibility Requirements

Below are details on eligibility requirements, as excerpted from the CTCPA bylaws.

Certified Member shall be one who holds a certificate from the State of Connecticut as a Certified Public Accountant or is a Certified Public Accountant of another state, territory, or possession of the United States (including the District of Columbia) who does
not hold a Connecticut certificate. 

An Associate Member is not a Certified Public Accountant and meets one or more of the following categories:

  1. CPA firm employee. A person employed in a professional capacity by an individual or entity qualified in accordance with the law or regulations of a U.S. jurisdiction to perform audit or other attest services, tax or consulting services shall be eligible to apply for membership as a CPA firm employee.
  2. Industry/non-CPA employee. A person not employed in a CPA firm, but whose employment may include but is not limited to industry, government, a not-for-profit organization, an educational institution, or a business entity other than a CPA firm or a company described in sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph, who works under the supervision of a CPA, and who provides or facilitates accounting services or advice to one’s employer or to the client(s) of one’s employer in any and all matters related to accounting, financial, management, tax, or consulting services, or the recording of financial data or information or the preparation or presentation of financial statements, shall be eligible to apply for membership as an industry/non-CPA employee.
  3. Academic associate. A member of the faculty of a college or university offering academic credit that qualifies toward meeting the curriculum requirements necessary to take the CPA examination in a U.S. jurisdiction who teaches accounting, auditing, or taxation shall be eligible to apply for membership as an academic associate.

All Associate Members must be sponsored by at least one Certified or International Member. An Associate Member’s membership shall terminate at the end of the Society’s next fiscal year immediately following such time as the employment relationship or status as a member of the faculty terminates.

Associate Members will not be able to vote on issues requiring the vote of the Society’s membership or serve on the Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, or Audit Committee.

An International Member shall be the equivalent of a Certified Public Accountant of any country other than the United States. Any questions of eligibility as an International Member shall be decided by the Board of Directors in its sole and absolute discretion. International Members shall have the same rights as Certified Members.