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Accounting Technicians Ireland

 ATI Graduates are exempt from all subjects at Formation 1 and are exempt from Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Taxation at Formation 2. This means ATI students are only a few steps away from their career as a qualified CPA.

The CPA qualification is open to all and you do not need to be working in a relevant area to start your study. Flexible study options are available at our approved educators around the country, including part time, weekend and e-learning options.

In many cases you will have studied for your accounting technician’s qualification with an educator that also teaches the CPA qualification. If you have previous relevant experience it may count towards the three years relevant supervised training you must obtain to become a fully qualified CPA.



Once you have completed the Accounting Technician exams, you are entitled to a number of attractive exemptions from the CPA exams.


CPA Leap Programme for Accounting Technicians

Find out what exemptions you are entitled to: phone 01 425 1000, or email Sinead O’ Donovan at sodonovan@cpaireland.ie.


Jimmy Sheehan IATI, CPA, speaks with Accounting Technician members and students about his reasons for choosing the CPA qualification.

"The CPA qualification does more than train you to sit at a desk preparing tax returns. The qualification is so diverse that CPAs hold senior roles as CEOs of large corporate concerns, work as project managers in multinationals and within the Big 4. Some like me prefer to control their own destiny and set up their own accountancy practice". To hear more click here


Why CPA?

  • CPA Ireland is one of the leading Irish accountancy bodies, with 5,000 members and students worldwide.
  • We provide flexible study options including part-time, weekend and e-learning in approved educators around the country. 

  • We have over 160 employers in our Approved Employer Programme, including companies like Microsoft, Dell Ireland, Apple, EMC, HedgeServ and Glanbia. 

  • CPA Ireland has international agreements with accountancy bodies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and India, so our members’ qualifications travel with them.

  • CPA Ireland is one of the first accountancy bodies in Europe on track to achieve gender parity. 
  • CPA Ireland was the first accountancy body to introduce mandatory Continuing Professional Development, to ensure our members are always at the peak of their profession.

  • Over 1 million qualified accountants worldwide classify themselves as CPAs