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Training Requirements
Students must obtain 3 years relevant supervised training and complete all examinations (excluding any exemptions) to apply for membership of the CPA. Students can fulfil their training requirements working in practice, industry, commerce, the public sector or any combination of these categories.
Students are required to obtain an in depth level of training in at least two of the six areas identified in the Training Record.
The six areas are:
1. Financial Accounting
2. Auditing & Statutory Compliance
3. Taxation
4. Information & Financial Systems
5. Corporate Planning, Control & Treasury Management
6. General Management

Students are required to submit a Training Record to the Institute on an annual basis. The training records must be signed off by a qualified accountant.

Training records must be submitted by post to Réidín Ní Aonghusa, CPA Ireland, 17 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.

Guide to Completing Training Record for CPA Students 

Please click here to view the slides explaining how to complete your training record.

Training Guides

These online guides are essential reading for any CPA student either currently studying or at the application to membership stage. It is imperative that you familiarise yourself with the content of these documents.

Guide to In-Depth Competency Fields

Competence Profile for Newly Qualified CPAs

Example of a Completed Competency Guide and Return

Includes further information regarding the completion of  the training records.
Includes for further information regarding competency requirements and how to record your competencies. Students applying for membership of CPA must also submit a Competency Guide & Return to provide evidence of in-depth competencies.

Evidence of Practical IT Competence
Evidence of students’ practical competence in IT is a prerequisite for admission to membership. You may meet this requirement by either sending in your ECDL certificate or submitting a Certificate of Practical IT Competence signed by your supervisor (which testifies that you have adequately demonstrated all the ECDL competencies in the workplace). Any gaps in the required areas are required to be filled by taking the equivalent module(s) of the ECDL test and a certificate for the relevant module(s) must be submitted with your application. 
Contact CPA 
If you require further information, please email your query to Réidín Ní Aonghusa or contact the Education and Training Department on 01 425 1022.  Students are encouraged to contact the Institute for advice when completing their training documentation.



Certificate of Practical IT Competence