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The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland) and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) have a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). The MRA establishes a strategic partnership between the two leading accounting organizations and gives members the opportunity to qualify for a second designation.

Under the agreement, members in good standing of either body will be considered for membership by the other body. Members wishing to practice public accounting will be required to meet the specific regulatory and legal requirements in each jurisdiction.

CGA Canada and CPA Ireland Mutual Recognition Agreement.
Pictured at the signing of the MRA, April 30th 2014, Pat Keller, Chair, CGA Canada with Former Presidents Joe Aherne and Cormac Fitzgerald.



CPA is one of the best known international accounting designations and  Irish professional qualifications are held in high regard worldwide. By becoming a CPA you are joining a global network. Out of some two and a half million qualified accountants worldwide, one million plus are CPAs. The entire process is all online and can be completed from the comfort of your own home.

Member Benefits, Discounts and Professional Services

CPA Ireland provides members with a variety of benefits, discounts and professional services. The full range includes financial, health, publication, lifestyle, technical and professional benefits. Professional and technical resources will enable you to remain up to date and at the leading edge of your profession.

You can join CPA in 4 Steps

1. Complete the Online Application Form

2. Complete and pass two on-line courses (Both courses are available for €125 each)

3. Pay the Administration Fee of €200

4. Send all relevant documentation (Scan or Hardcopy)

  • Letter of good standing
  • 2 References
  • Identification (Copy of Passport or Drivers Licence)
  • Copy of your Membership Certificate

Keep up to date with CPA by joining out mailing list:

Tick the box if you are a member of GCAA Canada


A CGA-Canada member seeking admission to CPA Ireland should have successfully completed:

  • The CGA-Canada Program of Professional Studies,
  • The CGA-Canada practical experience requirements, 
  • Any other requirement as may be prescribed by CPA Ireland including but not limited to language proficiency, evidence of good character and payment of fees


  • Be a member in good standing and not currently subject to any disciplinary sanctions or investigations and has not been subject to any disciplinary sanctions in the past five years.

CPA Ireland is not obliged to admit as its Member any Member of CGA-Canada who:

       (a)  is a Member of CGA-Canada by virtue of an MRA or any other mutual recognition arrangement with another professional body;

      (b)  is the subject of a current investigation into his or her professional conduct;

      (c)   has been subject to any disciplinary sanctions within the five years prior to their application.

If you require more information please contact Milena Delany, mdelany@cpaireland.ie

About CGA-Canada

Founded in 1908, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada serves Certified General Accountants and students in Canada and nearly 100 countries. CGA-Canada establishes the designation’s certification requirements and professional standards, offers professional development, conducts research and advocacy, and represents CGAs nationally and internationally. CGA-Canada is currently working with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) to integrate operations under the CPA banner. Unification will enhance the influence, relevance and contribution of the Canadian accounting profession both at home and internationally. For more information, www.cga.org/canada.

FAQs for CGA Canada Members

The MRA was renewed by CPA Ireland and CGA-Canada in 2014.