Professional Standards – Certification & Membership

Code of Professional Conduct

The Association of Internal Control Practitioners (The AICP) has set professional standards for certification/membership. Members awarded the designation of CRICP and CPSCP must adhere to these standards and obligations set out in this Code of Professional Conduct defined below and maintain these standards in a moral and ethical way throughout their term of membership.

Certified Members of the Association of Internal Control Practitioners shall:

  • Demonstrate professional standards and a commitment to professionalism;
  • Act with integrity, competence, diligence, respect and in an ethical manner in carrying out their duties;
  • Establish, maintain and develop business relationships based on confidence, trust and respect;
  • Exhibit personal leadership as a role model for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct;
  • Be mindful of the distinction between acting in a personal and professional capacity;
  • Exhibit and defend professional and personal integrity and honesty at all times;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity for the customs, practices, culture and personal beliefs of others;
  • Advance employment and business practices that promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion and support human rights and dignity;
  • Safeguard all confidential, commercially sensitive and personal data acquired as a result of business relationships and not use it for personal advantage or the benefit or detriment of third parties;
  • Demonstrate and promote fair and reasonable standards in the treatment of people who are operating within their sphere of influence;
  • Challenge others if they suspect unlawful or unethical conduct or behaviour;
  • Ensure that their professional judgement is not compromised nor could be perceived as being compromised because of bias, or the undue influence of others;
  • Promote appropriate people management and development practices to influence and enable the achievement of business objectives;
  • Ensure those working for them have the appropriate level of competence, supervision and support;
  • Comply with prevailing laws and not encourage, assist or collude with others who may be engaged in unlawful conduct;
  • Accept responsibility for their professional actions and decisions;
  • Use reasonable care and exercise professional judgment when dealing with the public, clients, service suppliers, employers, employees and colleagues;
  • Practice and encourage others to practice in a professional and ethical manner that will reflect credit on themselves, their profession and their organisation;
  •  Strive to maintain and improve their competence in carrying out any form of consultancies.

A Member found to be in breach of this Code of Professional Conduct may be suspended or removed at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Management present at any meeting.