Anyone can call themselves an accountant regardless of whether or not they’re actually professionally qualified, and this is something you must be aware of. Unfortunately, the title ‘accountant’ is not a protected term which means you should be vigilant when you’re searching for an advisor.
Experience is necessary, however, you should only be dealing with those who have completed relevant qualifications and are regulated by a professional body. Non-qualified advisers may have the experience, but that isn’t enough.
Third party institutions often request that your accountant provide them with information and verification. Third parties may not accept verification from a non-qualified accountant which will leave you at risk. We can provide such verification, as a professionally qualified accountant and registered practice we have achieved our designation having proven our knowledge, work experience and ethics. Our skills and knowledge are kept up to date through continued professional development, we are required to hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and we must renew our registration with our professional body annually.
For further information see CCAB: