The question of being a PLATO registered professional should not be discussed without understanding the full implication of professional registration within South Africa. A simplistic definition of being a professional would include adhering to the following fundamental requirements. These are as follows: requiring extensive education and training; applying these skills to the wellbeing of the larger society; providing a service, usually with a level of job reservation; having an unusual degree of autonomy when rendering their services; and claiming to be regulated by ethical standards (Kretzchmar et al, 2012, Ethics for Accountants and Auditors, Oxford University Press)… (more)