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Syllabus & Exams

Formation 1/Certificate in Business Accounting Computer Based Examinations
The CPA Ireland Formation 1/Certificate in Business Accounting examinations will take place on Wednesday 27 May and Wednesday 3 June.  Please click here to download an application form.  Please note all examination applications must be sent directly to Griffith College Dublin via email to reidin.niaonghusa@gcd.ie or by fax to 01 4150742 before the deadline of Monday 18 May.

Professional 2 Strategy & Leadership - Case Study Sector for 2015 Examinations
The Case Study for the 2015 examinations will focus on the Irish Pharmacy/Chemists sector.  Students should be aware of the issues that may arise when managing either individual owner-managed pharmacies or a chain of pharmacies in this sector in Ireland, including those chains of pharmacies that have a Head Office outside of Ireland. 

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, the websites of incumbent competitors and industry associations.

The case study presented on the examination paper will provide background information on the organisation. 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 main case study requirement is likely to expect students to:

(a) Critically analyse the strategic position of the organisation,


(b) Assess the key issues facing the organisation and evaluate its options, and


(c) Propose an appropriate 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.