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Updated:  For January 1, 2015 


Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia


300-1867 W. Broadway
Vancouver, B.C.
V6J 5L4
(604) 732-1211/ (800) 565-1211
General E-mail:  info@cga-bc.org
Website:  www.cga-bc.org 

Number of Members: 

More than 11,750 CGA members

Membership Criteria: 

To be admitted into membership as a Certified General Accountant, a candidate must meet the educational requirements set out by the Association.  Before earning the designation, students must complete a demanding and rigorous professional curriculum. This includes the professional admission comprehensive examinations, which assesses knowledge, skills and decision making in the context of working as a professional accountant. They must also obtain a bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. Additionally, candidates must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 months of approved practical work experience and assessments.

Services Offered to Members: 

The Association is a self-regulating professional body that falls under the provincial Accountants (Certified General) Act. The Association administers mandatory practice reviews of members registered in public practice as well as mandatory professional development for all CGAs. The Association provides a number of additional member benefits including access to an extensive network of lifelong learning resources and a host of benefit programs.

Number of Employees: 


Top Elected Official: 

2015 Chair
Brian Friedrich, CPA, FCGA.
Term is one year.

Top Staff Member: 

CEO [gruth#cga-bc,org]Gordon Ruth, CPA, FCGA 

Year Founded: 

Chartered under an Act of the Parliament of Canada in 1913; the Association received its Act of Incorporation in B.C. in 1951

Media Contact: 

Edward Downing,
Director of Marketing and Communications
(604) 730-6208



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Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia.
300 – 1867 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 5L4
T: 604.732.1211 TF 1 800.565.1211 F: 604.732.1252