The Texas State Board of Accountancy and the Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 2.2 Chapter 50, Subchapter D 9b) (D) prohibits a CPA from implying educational or professional attainments or licensing recognition not supported in fact. Unfortunately, there are no professional attainments or licensing recognition in the areas of audits or government reporting. Accordingly, no one can hold themselves out to be an expert and the public is left to sort out which professionals are truly experts and who are amateurs.
The Business Dictionary.com defines an expert as:
Professional who has acquired knowledge and skills through study and practice over the years, in a particular field or subject, to the extent that his or her opinion may be helpful in fact finding, problem solving, or understanding of a situation. See also expert evidence.
A person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field.