Articled clerk

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A group of articling students in 1891 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

An articled clerk is someone who is studying to be an accountant or a lawyer. In doing so, they are put under the supervision of someone already in the profession, now usually for two years these days, but previously three to five years was common. This can be compared as being an intern for a company. Trainees are obligated to sign a contract agreeing to the terms of being an articled clerk. The articled clerk signs a contract, known as "articles of clerkship", committing to a fixed period of employment. Wharton's Law Lexicon defines an articled clerk as "a pupil of a solicitor, who undertakes, by articles of clerkship, continuing covenants, mutually binding, to instruct him in the principles and practice of the profession". [1] The contract is with a specific partner in the firm and not with the firm as a whole.

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Now, some professions in some countries prefer touse the term "students" or "trainees" (e.g. a trainee solicitor) and the articles of clerkship "training contracts".

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Apprentice architects can also be articled. Henry Percy Adams articled to Britwen Binyon (18461909), architect. [2]

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Canada

Canadian lawyers must article for a period of 1 year after graduating from law school. Depending on the province, students may also be required to pass a bar exam in the form of Professional Legal Training and Certification during their articling year.

India

In India, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India undergo an articleship programme for a period of 3/3.5 years as the case may be, CA Students after clearing CA-IPCC/Intermediate/Inter Group 1 or Both Group are required to registered himself with a partner of a CA Firm duly registered with the Institute. Those Students during the period of articleship are also known as Article/ staff accountant

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is the national professional accounting body of India. It was established on 1 July 1949 as a statutory body under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 enacted by the Parliament to regulate the profession of Chartered Accountancy in India. ICAI is the second largest professional Accounting & Finance body in the world. ICAI is the only licensing cum regulating body of the financial audit and accountancy profession in India. It recommends the accounting standards to be followed by companies in India to National Advisory Committee on Accounting Standards (NACAS). and sets the accounting standards to be followed by other types of organisations. ICAI is solely responsible for setting the Standards on Auditing (SAs) to be followed in the audit of financial statements in India. It also issues other technical standards like Standards on Internal Audit (SIA), Corporate Affairs Standards (CAS) etc. to be followed by practicing Chartered Accountants. It works closely with the Government of India, Reserve Bank of India and the Securities and Exchange Board of India in formulating and enforcing such standards.

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, student members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka are required to serve as a clerk serving under articles with a member of the Institute in practice or with a member of the Institute who is a salaried employee in the service of a firm of accountants for a minimum three-year practical training period. They are known as Articled clerks during this period. [3]

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka organization

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Notes

  1. Burrill 1859, p. 134.
  2. "ADAMS, (Harry) Percy". www.suffolkartists.co.uk. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  3. Act of Incorporation And Regulations Of The Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Sri Lanka

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