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Syllabus & Exams

April 2014 Examination Results

The April 2014 examinations process is on schedule. Results will be available online on Friday 13 June from 10.00am which is six weeks after the final examinations. To access your examination results, please log onto your My CPA online profile.

Please note that students, who have successfully completed Professional 2 examinations in the April 2014 sitting will receive a letter the week beginning 16 June inviting them to apply for membership. The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 13 August.

For information about Admission to Membership, please click here.

Examination Re-Check

Should a candidate be unsatisfied with any mark in a particular subject(s), they may apply for a re-check in that subject(s).  Please note the fee for a re-check is €60 per subject and all applications must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday 27 June.  A re-check application form can be found here.

Candidates should note that the re-check process does not provide a detailed report on candidates performance in the examination and will only provide a brief summary outlining  the main area(s) of weakness in their examination performance.  Please note that this process can take up to 6 weeks.


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.