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Syllabus & Exams

2016 Examinations - Professional 2 Strategy & Leadership Case Study Sector 


The Case Studies for the 2016 examinations will focus on the Recruitment Agency/Consultancy sector in Ireland.  Students should be aware of the issues that may arise when developing strategy and business plans for recruitment agencies/consultancies.  The case studies may deal with either small scale recruitment agencies and/or larger, even multinational, recruitment agencies.  The case studies may also use recruitment agencies/consultancies that have diversified into other human resource professional services in addition to recruitment.


Students should carry out their own research and analysis of both the sector and the external macro-environment in advance of the examination.  The research should equip students to focus during the exam on addressing the specifics of the case study in the context of the firm’s operating environment.  Suggested sources of information include college libraries and business electronic databases, the websites of existing competitors in the sector and relevant industry associations.


The case study presented on the examination paper will provide background information on the firm.  This may include, for example, an outline of how the firm has developed, including the role of key management; the decisions facing the firm; current strategies; performance data; customer information, etc.


The main case study requirements are likely to expect students to:


a)   Critically analyse the strategic position of the firm using appropriate analytical models, 


b)   Assess the key issues facing the firm and evaluate the firm’s options, and


c)   Propose an appropriate strategy for the firm into the future.


August 2015 Examination Results

The results for August 2015 examinations are available on-line from 10.00am on Friday 9 October. Candidates may view their examinations results via their MyCPA Student Profile which may be accessed by clicking here.

A mark of 50 or higher is necessary to pass each subject. The Examination Regulations contain details of the number of sittings available to students to pass the Institute's examinations. It is important that you read and understand these regulations. They are published on the CPA website and may be 
accessed 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 23 October.  A re-check application form can be found 

Candidates should note that the re-check process does not provide a detailed synopsis 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.

Syllabus of Examination 2015/2016

The CPA Ireland 2015/2016 Syllabus is now available. This is an important document which details the learning outcome associated with each module in addition to the recommended reading. Please click here to download your copy today.

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 2014 can be found here.