Mark Houghting just celebrated his anniversary of his acceptance to the field of accounting, Mark was granted the authority to use RIA after his name in 1979. RIA was Registered Industrial Accountant, and the precursor to Certified Management Accountant (CMA), which came into being in 1987. All the accounting bodies have now merged into CPA or Chartered Professional Accountant. As Mark was accredited in Quebec he had to pass the French proficiency test from “ l’office de la langue francais”. Mark still has their certificate on his wall in the office, and some people are often surprised that I speak French.