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An accounting designation given to accounting professionals in many countries around the world outside of the United States. A Chartered Accountant (CA) designation typically proves the holder has the qualifications to audit financial statements and business practices as well as offer advisory services to clients. The equivalent to a CA designation in the U.S. is the Certified Public Accountant.[1]

Chartered Accountants claim to be the first accounting group to form a professional body, in 1854 in Britain.[2] Today, there are several countries that have institutions that provide membership, including:

  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • India
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand


  1. The CA Qualification. Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States.
  2. About ICAS. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.