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Chartered Accountants Ireland and CIPFA sign strategic education provision agreement

Ireland’s biggest and fastest growing accountancy body, Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the professional body for people working in finance in the public sector, have today (Monday 11 June 2018) announced a strategic agreement between the two organisations. As a result of this collaboration, Chartered Accountants Ireland will be delivering the new public sector elective to its final year students.

The move comes as demand grows for specialist public sector finance professionals in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. There is also wide acknowledgement of the need for highly trained and experienced accountants to manage and audit the public purse.  The new elective will service this demand while opening up more career opportunities for newly qualified Irish Chartered Accountants. 



Chartered Accountants Ireland Chief Executive, Barry Dempsey said: 
“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of many months of work with our partners in CIPFA.  In combining an executive-level public sector elective with the respected Chartered Accountant professional qualification, our proposition is made even more attractive for talented and ambitious new graduates and those already working in the public sector. 

“This new public sector elective is one part of an exciting, new education programme that Chartered Accountants Ireland will be unveiling for the 2018/19 academic year. We have revised our core syllabus, introduced new electives and new pathways to membership, as we anticipate and respond to the demands of our economy.  We believe that this new programme will greatly enhance both the student experience and the long-term value of the profession in a rapidly-changing environment.

“We look forward to working closely with CIPFA on the development of our new public sector elective in the coming years.”

Chief Executive of CIPFA, Rob Whiteman said:
“We are excited to have entered into a strategic agreement with Chartered Accountants Ireland. Together we will work hard to empower accountants to manage public money and resources transparently and effectively.”

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