NJCPA Bylaws Update

NJCPA focuses on CPA pipeline in upcoming bylaws vote

The NJCPA and the profession are at risk of losing talent, influence and opportunity. The proposed bylaws changes will update terminology and simplify and consolidate categories, making it as easy as possible for graduates/new professionals to remain NJCPA members and start taking advantage of the benefits of membership.

The proposed changes are as follows:

  1. Merge the CPA Candidate and Associate membership classes into a new membership class named Affiliate. The following people would qualify for Affiliate membership:
    • Those who have completed the academic requirements to become a CPA and are pursuing further requirements necessary to become a CPA
    • Professional staff working in an accounting or finance position under the supervision of a CPA
    • Any chartered accountant or its equivalent in any country other than the United States
    • Instructors of accountancy in schools of collegiate standing
    • Non-CPA owners, partners, shareholders or principals of firms licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy.

    Affiliates would not be allowed vote on ballot measures presented to the membership but may be eligible for limited leadership positions including chapter board positions, committee/group chair/leadership and appointed committees. When an Affiliate becomes a CPA, he or she shall be elevated to CPA member.

  2. Change the definition of the Student member class to “An undergraduate or graduate student who has an interest in accounting, finance, business or information systems.”
  3. Rename the Fellow member class to CPA member (eligibility remains the same).

Review the changes

A "redlined" version of the current bylaws and a clean version of the proposed new bylaws will be available here shortly.


NJCPA Fellow members will be asked to vote on the proposed changes between Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, 2022. 

Additional information and instructions will be provided as we get closer to the voting period.

Learn more


  • Who can vote?

  • How do I vote?

  • What else is the NJCPA doing to help the pipeline?

  • Why is the NJCPA proposing these changes?

  • Why is the NJCPA proposing to merge the CPA Candidate and Associates membership classes into a new Affiliate class?

  • Shouldn’t membership in the New Jersey Society of CPAs only be open to CPAs?

  • Will Affiliate members have to adhere to a code of conduct?

  • How is an Affiliate member different than a Fellow member?

  • Why would “professional staff working in an accounting or finance position or employed by or under the supervision of a CPA” be allowed to join the Society?

  • How will the NJCPA ensure that the Affiliate membership class isn’t misused?

  • Why does the Affiliate category include instructors of accountancy and non-CPA owners of firms licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy?

  • Won’t offering this expanded Affiliate category discourage accounting graduates from pursuing their CPA license?

  • How many votes are needed to approve the proposed bylaws changes?

  • Can I vote “yes” for certain proposed changes and “no” for others?

  • If the proposed changes are approved, when will the new bylaws go into effect?


Additional questions? Contact:

Susan Dyer
Membership Director
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Don Meyer
Chief Marketing Officer
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