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.
Chartered Accountants claim to be the first accounting group to form a professional body, in 1854 in Britain. Today, there are several countries that have institutions that provide membership, including:
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa
- New Zealand