Washington (Sept. 27, 2002) -- They may not be called by the same names, but Canada's Chartered Accountants and Mexico's Contador Publicos Certificado have the equivalent amount of experience and education as CPAs, and the three countries want to make that official.

Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will sign a "professional mutual recognition agreement" Friday that recognizes the "substantial equivalency" of all three designations.

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