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Established in 1928, The Association of International Accountants (AIA) is a leading professional body for accountants and finance professionals with a long-standing reputation for excellence in professional education and a dynamic global membership.
Based in the United Kingdom, AIA has an established history of improving professional skills and ethical standards across the sector; our members are recognised, respected and regulated.
AIA’s commitment to protecting the public interest and advancing professional standards is evident through our respected qualifications portfolio, robust membership requirements and the production of research, best practice and skills guidance.
Members are bound by the AIA Constitution which includes regulatory requirements and a Code of Ethics.
AIA actively seeks further accreditation, recognition and independent regulation with external stakeholders, government and standard setters to ensure both the AIA and its members are trusted, respected and accountable.
AIA's professional qualification has been independently assessed by the UK National Information Centre (UK ENIC, formerly NARIC) for global qualifications and skills as comparable to Level 7 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. AIA has also published an independent review of its Professional Qualification mapped against additional international education frameworks.
AIA is a supervisory body under the UK and ROI Money Laundering Regulations. AIA practising certificate holders also enjoy additional wide ranging statutory and business recognition.
AIA believes in the fundamental principle that education is a catalyst for positive change, and our commitment to accessibility aims to contribute to a more equitable and progressive world by nurturing the potential of all our members.
Our approach has always been that access to education should be open to all, regardless of gender, location, and socio-economic background. Where appropriate, we lower barriers to access through reduced, subsidised, or waived fees, to actively promote diversity and inclusion. This is not just a matter of ethical imperative, but also a strategic investment in the future of societies.
This has been our ethos since inception and has more recently been reinforced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), resonating with their core principles and objectives.
Vision, Mission and Values
AIA is a leading force in the accountancy profession, providing a strong voice, superior qualifications and unrivalled support for accountants worldwide.
AIA is a membership organisation providing world class qualifications, training and services to support accountants throughout their working lives, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and expertise to ensure they are at the forefront of their profession. We act in the public interest and promote and develop the accountancy profession and the interests of our members.
Values - ONE AIA
We will work together across teams to achieve our shared aims, always displaying a positive attitude, creating a collaborative environment where colleagues are empowered to take managed risks and accept ownership of their responsibilities.
We will be agile in responding to change, and embrace new ideas with enthusiasm and commitment, to bring about continuous improvement in everything we do.
We will strive for excellence, taking pride in the work we produce and the role that we play in AIA's success. We will be ambitious for ourselves and the organisation, remaining focussed on our Strategy and ensuring our members are at the heart of everything we do.
Integrity and Respect
We will recognise, value and celebrate our diversity and collective expertise. We will treat all Members, Students, stakeholders and colleagues fairly and display a positive attitude towards individual differences and other people's opinions.