Membership and Types

CalCPA is made up of over 45,000 members. Together, our members represent the best of the profession for today and into the future. We offer both voting and non-voting memberships. Qualifications for these memberships and their pricing can be found below.

Voting memberships

CPA who is an executive: managing partner, partner, owner, principal, sole practitioner, business and industry executive, president, vice president, director, consultant, controller, CEO, COO or CFO. $535
(Executive)
CPAs licensed five or more years, not described in Executive membership type. $435
(Professional +5)
CPAs licensed less than five years, not described in Executive membership type. $360
(Professional <5)
Resident of California and at any time in the past held a CPA license from the State of California or any other state or political subdivision of the United States, as long as that license was not suspended, surrendered or revoked in connection with, or as the result of a disciplinary action by a licensing body. $250
(Business Professional)
Must be employed full time as a high school, college or university educator, principal, dean or guidance counselor. Part-time educators, principals, deans or guidance counselors are also eligible if not employed elsewhere Free
(Educator)
A retired CPA. $115
(Retired)
A CPA who is not working (i.e., in between jobs, caring for a dependent, etc.). $115
(Temporarily Out of Work Force)

Non-voting memberships

Not a licensed CPA, does not qualify as a Student, Candidate or Financial Professional member and meets Associate category eligibility requirements. $535
(Associate)
Never been a licensed CPA, does not qualify as a Student, Candidate or Associate member, has a bachelor's degree and meets Financial Professional category eligibility requirements. $210
(Financial Professional)
Not a licensed CPA, non-billable professional working as a firm administrator at a public accounting firm. $115
(Firm Administrator Associate)
Anyone who has a bachelor’s degree, has never been a licensed CPA in any state and is pursuing pathway to licensure via the California Board of Accountancy.

NOTE: First membership period for candidates is free. Membership in this category is limited to seven years. Any member who accrues seven years of candidate membership without becoming licensed transitions to a Financial Professional member.
$0/$60
(Candidate)
Anyone who is a full- or part-time student and has never been a licensed CPA, nor achieved a bachelor’s degree.

NOTE: Graduate students pursuing CPA licensure fall under the Candidate membership category.
Free
(Student)
Must be employed full time as a high school, college or university educator, principal, dean or guidance counselor. Part-time educators, principals, deans or guidance counselors are also eligible if not employed elsewhere. Free
(Educator)

Forensic Services Section (FSS) Membership

The Forensic Services Section provides an expanded forum to facilitate participation and the exchange of ideas and resources, to identify relevant current events and trends, analyze technical issues and interpret applicable standards. Includes membership in all sections (Business Valuation, Economic Damages, Family Law and Fraud and Financial Investigations). Apply for membership using the PDF application located in the right widget.

Forensic Services Section Licensed A CalCPA Executive, Professional +5, Professional <5, Educator, Retired or Temporarily Out of Workforce member. $190
Forensic Services Section Associate A non-CalCPA member or a CalCPA Associate, Financial Professional or Firm Administrator member. $230
Forensic Services Section Candidate A CalCPA Candidate member.

NOTE: First membership year for candidates is free. Membership in this category is limited to seven years. Any member who accrues seven years of candidate membership without becoming licensed transitions to a Forensic Services Section Associate member.
$0/$50
Forensic Services Section Student A CalCPA Student member.

NOTE: First membership year for candidates is free. Membership in this category is limited to seven years. Any member who accrues seven years of candidate membership without becoming licensed transitions to a Forensic Services Section Associate member.
FREE