Professional advisory and consulting services come in many guises and the ultimate perception of quality lies with the recipient thereof (the client). The Institute of Management Consulting of South Africa (IMCSA) is a body which was established in 1972 in order to serve the profession in general and its clients and consultants in particular.
The interesting thing is that focus on professionalism and certification has waxed and waned and is waxing again. Why, you may ask. It may be because the client is not always able to determine whether he (or she) is going to get what he expected in the first place, or that he did not know what to expect. These are totally different issues and stem from the ability of the supplier or buyer of the services.