It may come as a surprise to learn that anyone can use the title accountant without having any formal qualification or membership of a professional body. The use of the term ‘Chartered Accountant’ is more controversial. We examine the nuances of these designations in the current regulatory regime, when they can be used and what consequences an individual may face for any perceived misuse.
Last week, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), US accountancy bodies The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), signed an agreement which will allow for their respective members to practise in the other’s jurisdiction. This will be an exciting development for ICAS members who will, after meeting certain requirements, be able to practise in the US; a perfect opportunity to work in audit whilst experiencing all that America has to offer.