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Syllabus & Exams

April 2014 Examinations

The CPA Ireland April 2014 examinations will take place on Monday 28 April until Friday 2 May (both dates inclusive). A detailed timetable and list of examination venues can be found here.You are required to register for your examinations online via your My CPA Profile. Should you encounter any problems accessing your My CPA Profile it may be due to a compatibility view issue with your current internet browser.  Details on how to to fix this problem can be found here.  Please note that the closing deadline is midnight on Wednesday 5 March and that no late applications will be accepted after this time. If you should have any problems registering for the examinations please contact Lisa Feery lfeery@cpaireland.ie or by telephone on +353 1 4251024.

Exam Deferrals
An application to transfer examination entry fees must be received, in writing, along with the appropriate fee €60 at the Institute at least FIVE working days before the examination commencement date. Examination entry fees can only be transferred to the next examination session e.g. April 2014 to August 2014. Thereafter, exam entry fee is forfeited.  Please click here to download an exam deferral payment form.


Certificate in Business & Accounting and Formation 1 Examinations - May 2014

The CPA Ireland Certificate in Business & Accounting and Formation 1 examinations will take place on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 May 2014.  Examinations will be held at both Griffith College Cork and Griffith College Dublin.  Full details on how to apply for these examinations can be found here.  

Professional 2 Strategy & Leadership - 2014 Examinations

The Case Studies for the 2014 exams will be the Science Education market – students should be aware of the different problems that may arise when supplying goods and or services into the public or private sectors. In this context the public sector is of more relevance in Ireland than in many European countries where there is often a significant market in the private sector.  Between the two case studies we will deal with those supplying goods and or services to providers of Science Education within the Irish Science Education market and across the European Science Education market.

This should enable students to carry out their own analysis of both the sector and the external macro environment in advance of the examination. It should equip them to focus during the exam on addressing the specifics of the case study in the context of the organisation’s operating environment. Suggested sources of information include college libraries and databases and the web.

The case study presented on the examination paper will provide background information on the company. This might include for example details on: the major players; the decisions facing the decision maker; current strategies; performance data; customers; customer information etc.

The question posed is likely to include requiring students to a) Analyse the strategic position of the company, b) Identify the principal key issues the company needs to consider, c) Identify & evaluate the company’s options and d) propose a strategy to ensure the best way forward.


Significant Changes in the Institute's Examination Process

The Institute is pleased to announce that the modular system of examinations has been extended across all stages commencing from the 2013 examinations onwards.  Prior to this the modular system was confined to the Professional Stage examinations only.

All Formation 1, Formation 2, Professional 1 and Professional 2 examinations may now be taken on a modular basis and students may sit the examinations in the subjects at a stage in any order. However, all four examinations at each stage must still be passed within the four available consecutive sittings - inclusive of the first attempted sitting of any subject at this stage.

Formation 2/Professional 1 - Combined Examination Sitting

Please click here for information on the criteria for combining subjects at Formation 2 and Professional 1 stages. 

Study and Examination Techniques Guide

Please click here to view the Study and Examinations Techniques Guide which provides guidance on on how to prepare for and approach examination questions.

CPA Pass Rates
CPA Pass Rates for the years' 2009 to 2013 can be found here.