Regular/Voting Members are individuals with full membership privileges and voting rights. Affiliates are Non-CPAs with non-voting status. These include students, CPA-exam candidates and pre-college educators. Associates are CPA peer or professional peers including international professionals and non-CPA associates.
The council also authorized a ballot for members to vote on a bylaw change that would permit professionals to qualify for admission in the AICPA as voting members if they previously held a valid CPA certificate or otherwise meet the education, examination and experience requirements set out in the Uniform Accountancy Act.
The Associate category enables those individuals who have passed the CPA exam but who may have moved into business, industry, government or education to maintain their membership in the AICPA.