There are a number of different routes into the CPA qualification. Many students complete their Leaving Certificate and go on to do a degree in Accounting and Finance or Business Studies in college and then study for their professional accountancy qualification.
But what if you don’t want to go to college? You can start the CPA qualification when you complete the Leaving Certificate. Other students join us from international accountancy bodies with which we are associated, or from other professional accountancy organisations.
You do not need any previous experience in accountancy to begin your CPA studies.
Approximately 40% of CPA Ireland students come directly from an Accounting Technician background. ATI Graduates are exempt from all subjects at Formation 1 and are exempt from Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Taxation at Formation 2. This means ATI students are only a few steps away from their career as a qualified CPA.
CPA is popular with mature students due to its extremely flexible learning options. Students can complete their academic studies while working simultaneously, tailoring an education that suits them.
CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship
We now offer a fantastic alternative to the CAO for ambitious school leavers. This fully funded one academic year programme followed by a three-month training contract is ideal for ambitious school leavers wishing to pursue a career as a professional accountant. On completion, students can progress to further accounting studies with CPA Ireland on a part-time basis, supplemented by three years supervised, practical training in a work environment in order to become a fully qualified accountant. Click here to download a brochure.
CPA graduates will gain the following skills:
CPA Certificate in Business & Accounting
- Management in Organisations
- Business Law & Professional Ethics
- Economics & Business Planning
- Financial Accounting
- Information Systems
- Management Accounting
- Corporate Reporting
- Managerial Finance
- Corporate Laws and Governance
- Strategy Leadership (mandatory)
- Advanced Corporate Reporting (mandatory)
- Strategic Corporate Finance (elective)
- Strategic Performance Management (elective)
- Advanced Taxation (elective)
- Audit Practice & Assurance Services (elective)
CPA students train and work in various industries and practices across the country, from those in IT and media to financial institutions and family practices.