I would like to study CPA. What do I do next?
We would be delighted to welcome you as a CPA student. First you must confirm your exemptions with the Institute. Send in your transcripts from any prior education (degree, diploma, certificate, accounting technician qualification etc). We will then confirm what CPA exams you must sit. You can download the CPA registration form, complete and return to the Institute along with two passport sized photos, original transcripts and relevant fees. Make sure that section G of the registration form has been completed. We require an original signature so please post back to CPA, 17 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
Is there somebody I can speak to?
Why should I choose CPA over other professional accountancy qualifications?
By undertaking and completing the CPA exams and training we offer you the opportunity to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and gain a professional accountancy qualification.
As well as opening the door to a diverse and worthwhile career the CPA qualification also offers:
- Flexible study options with part-time, full-time, weekend, distance and E- Learning programmes
- Flexible exam and training systems
- The option to split P1 and P2 level exams over 4 consecutive exam sittings
- The option to split F1 and F2 level exams over 4 consecutive exam sittings
- The widest range of approved educators in Ireland
- Freedom to move between practice and industry during training
- A qualification that has wide international recognition
What are the CPA's training requirements?
CPA has over 130+ Approved Employers. You do not have to train with a CPA Approved Employer to obtain relevant training but you must work under the supervision of a fully qualified accountant.
Who is eligible to study CPA?
Can I claim exemptions?
What are CPAs’ training requirements?
Students must obtain 3 years relevant supervised training and complete all examinations (excluding any exemptions) to apply for CPA membership. Students are also required to submit a Training Record on an annual basis.
Can I get credit for prior work experience?
Yes, prior relevant training or experience will be considered. Conditions may apply and it will be necessary to detail your prior experience and have it signed by a qualified accountant.
Where can I attend classes?
CPA offers students flexible study options. CPA students can choose to study part-time, full-time, weekend, distance and E-Learning programmes, or any combination of these. A list of CPA approved educators around the country can be found here.
Can I study on-line?
Yes, there is a CPA E-Learning programme available to students. CPA E-Learning is provided by Griffith College Dublin.
How many examinations are there?
There are 15 exams in total. The majority of students do not have to sit all 15 exams as they are entitled to exemptions.
Formation 1 – 3 papers
Formation 2 – 4 papers
Professional 1 – 4 papers
Professional 2 – 4 papers
Again we would recommend that you check your exemption entitlement to know how many examinations you will need to sit.
How many exam attempts am I allowed?
Every student has four consecutive attempts at each stage of exams.
What are my career prospects when I am fully qualified?
The CPA qualification opens up a world of opportunities. You can work in industry or practice across a variety of different sectors. Take a look at what some of our members are doing.