Membership has its privileges

Both Canadian and American CPAs will have access to the same resources.

It's getting easier to collaborate (and get certified) across North America.

CPA Canada and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) announced an agreement at the end of February that will give CPAs on both sides of the border access to the same resources and credentials in certain practice areas.

CPAs offering forensic and technology advisory services can now join AICPA's information management and technology assurance and forensic and valuation services sections to access practice aids, webcasts, newsletters and online forums. If they meet specific criteria, Canadian CPAs can also obtain North American certifications in financial forensics and information technology: the CITP (certified information technology professional) and CFF (certified in financial forensics).

CPA Canada members can also take advantage of AICPA resources in business valuation and personal financial planning.

"This agreement between CPA Canada and AICPA will help clients and employers identify financial professionals across North America who have met the highest bar of competency to tackle issues such as technology risk and fraud prevention," says Frank Colantonio, CPA Canada's director of professional learning and development.

"These issues have been complicated by the pace of globalization."