Chartered Accountants are Ireland’s leading business professionals who provide essential strategic guidance across all business sectors. They play a pivotal role in modern organisations; as a result, they are seen as the most respected members of the accountancy profession.

Today’s Chartered Accountant typically works in a dynamic global environment in roles as diverse as corporate leadership, management accountant, business analyst or sales management.

Chartered Accountants (ACAs) are members of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Chartered Accountancy is the number one professional accountancy qualification in Ireland. Some of the differences between Chartered Accountancy and other bodies include:

  • Better pass rates: our exam success rate is high – in fact more people pass our exams than those of other accountancy bodies. In 2013, the pass rate for Chartered Accountants Ireland students in the final year examinations was 63% – nine percentage points higher than CIMA and eight points higher than ACCA. (Source: Professional Oversight Board, Key Facts & Trends, June 2014)
  • The fastest route to qualify: 78% of Chartered Accountancy students are fully qualified in four years or less – faster than students of other accountancy bodies.
  • Fewer exams when compared with other accountancy bodies.
  • The route to the top of the career ladder – four out of ten of our members are at senior, executive positions in business – CEO, Finance Director, Partner etc.
  • Education is not outsourced to third party colleges, meaning the education delivery is kept to the highest standard, resulting in better pass rates and quicker completion times for our students. With over 6,000 students, Chartered Accountants Ireland is the single biggest educator of professional accountancy students in Ireland.
  • International recognition: with Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) with fellow Chartered bodies around the world, you can take your qualification with you around the globe. Chartered Accountants Ireland is the only UK & Ireland based accountancy body to have an MRA with AICPA, the number one accountancy designation in the United States.
  • Support on the ground – in addition to delivering our own education, our team of student advisors in Dublin and Belfast are here to respond quickly to your queries. In addition, our student society, CASSI, provides academic and social supports for all students.
  • Now with almost 24,000 members, Chartered Accountants Ireland is the biggest accountancy body in Ireland. 3,700 of our members are based in Northern Ireland and over 1,100 of our students are resident in Northern Ireland.

Yes, you don’t need any previous accountancy knowledge as we’ll start from the beginning with the basics. Each year a significant number of new students join us from a wide range of disciplines (arts, science, IT, law etc.) and consistently do very well in exams.

Training firms in practice and industry are always keen to interview such candidates as they bring diverse skills and knowledge to their training firms and studies. The starting point for non-business grads is CAP 1 which provides the essential building blocks for more advanced study levels. If your need more info, just contact us today.

The Chartered Business Route is a route to the Chartered Accountancy qualification for students who are training in industry, as distinct from practice. Most people working in business and looking for an outstanding qualification will choose our Flexible Option.

Previously known as “Elevation” our Flexible Option is just that – flexible and designed with you in mind. It means you can stay in your job, study on your own terms and generate the relevant accountancy experience now or further down the line. If you’re not working in a finance role right now, that’s fine. You can begin your studies with us and use the Chartered Accountancy qualification as a stepping stone in your career.

You won’t need to enter into a training contact at any point, and you’ll have flexible options around your exam sittings and experience requirements.

Chartered Accountants are Ireland’s leading business professionals who provide essential strategic guidance across all business sectors. They play a pivotal role in modern organisations; as a result, they are seen as the most respected members of the accountancy profession.

Today’s Chartered Accountant typically works in a dynamic global environment in roles as diverse as corporate leadership, management accountant, business analyst or sales management.

Chartered Accountants (ACAs) are members of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

To apply for your place on the programme, all you have to do is send in proof of eligibility (confirmation of your degree / Accounting Technicians qualification) along with the Enrolment Form. All degree holders are eligible to enroll and you don’t need a business or accounting background.

If you want to check exemptions, you can do this by completing the Exemptions Form and returning along with the relevant original exam transcripts from your degree course. For more about exemptions, click here.

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