Hot Potato of 2008
Does it matter to clients whether or not their accountant has a professional qualification? That means they have passed tough exams and belong to one of the professional accounting or tax institutes. Obviously I think its a good idea. Im a member of two professional bodies myself so that does make me slightly biased.
Having said that, some unqualified accountants will be able to provide clients with just as much help and advice as they would get from a qualified accountant. Equally some qualified accountants may not have relevant experience for a clients needs or, sadly, may not be a good advert for the profession.