Fellow members of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) voted against expanding the Associate membership category to include accounting and financial professionals who do not hold a CPA license. The current Associate member category includes chartered accountants or the equivalent in any country other than the United States.
In addition to the expanded Associate member category, several other changes to the bylaws were also not passed, including revised qualifications for Student membership, removal of the “life” and “honorary” member categories, and minor modifications to the structures of some standing committees and appointed committees.
The NJCPA Board of Trustees decided in December 2016 to bring the initiative, and the other proposed changes to its bylaws, to a membership vote, which was held May 15 through June 9. There were a total of 2,617 votes cast: 971 voted to approve the changes and 1,646 voted against.
In addition to the current Associate membership available, NJCPA will continue to offer its traditional Fellow, Student and CPA Candidate memberships.