Anyone can call themselves an accountant
Yes it’s true, anyone – in Ireland at least – anyone can call themselves an accountant. And, this has been the case for as long as I have been an accountant. I was reminded of this recently by an article in the Irish Times. To quote from the article:
“Don’t fret, because no qualifications are necessary to trade as an accountant. Anybody can open up a practice, no matter how innumerate they may be – there are no absolutely restrictions on the use of the term “accountant”. Remarkable, isn’t it?”
I guess it is remarkable. Yes, there are professional accounting bodies whose members must pass examinations and keep their training up to date. And yes, to be an auditor you must generally be a member of such bodies. But after that anyone can claim to be an accountant. As noted in the Irish Times, even an upcoming review and consolidation of Irish company law has failed (as yet) to include a provision of who can use the term accountant.
- So, you think you are an accountant? (irishtimes.com)