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Fit and proper

When you apply for membership, your qualified person responsible for training (QPRT) will need to confirm that you are a fit and proper person to be admitted. Your QPRT or counsellor also needs to confirm every six months that you are fit and proper to be a student of the Institute.

What do we mean by 'fit and proper'?

ICAEW Code of Ethics

The Code helps our members meet these obligations by providing them with ethical guidance.

More information about the ICAEW Code of Ethics

Fit

Fit means your competence and capacity to fulfil your responsibilities as a student and subsequently as a member.

Criteria to consider include:

  • qualifications
  • knowledge
  • skills
  • experience
  • reliability.

Proper

Proper is about your character and suitability for membership.

Criteria to consider include:

  • adherence to our ethical standards, which are based on the five fundamental principles (taken from our code of ethics) of:
    • integrity
    • objectivity
    • professional competence and due care
    • confidentiality
    • professional behaviour.
  • adherence to professional standards and of course any relevant legislation and regulations
  • behaviour in your personal as well as professional life
    • You should not behave in a way that is likely to bring discredit on yourself, the Institute or the profession of accountancy
  • financial integrity
    • You should be honest and reliable in your personal as well as professional financial dealings

Certain exceptional circumstances would cast doubt upon someone's integrity or suitability, for example:

  • a criminal record
  • a history of bankruptcy or an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA)
  • failure to satisfy a judgement debt
  • an adverse finding by any professional body or regulator.

For more information on the issues relating to fit and proper, please see our regulations and guidance which sets out our ethical and professional standards.

If you want to find out about topical issues and current developments in ethics, please visit icaew.com/ethics.