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Frequently Asked Questions About Studying with CPA Ireland


I would like to study CPA. What do I do next?

We would be delighted to welcome you as a CPA student. First you must confirm your exemptions with us. Send in your transcripts from any prior education (degree, diploma, certificate, accounting technician qualification etc) and we will then confirm what CPA exams you must sit.

You can download the CPA registration form, complete and return to CPA Ireland, along with two passport sized photos, original transcripts and relevant fees. Make sure that section G of the registration form has been completed. We require an original signature so please post back to CPA Ireland, 17 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.

Is there somebody I can speak to?

Yes of course. If you which to chat through your options prior to filling out the registration form, contact Sinead O’ Donovan on 01 4251000 or email hello@studycpa.ie.

Why should I choose CPA over other professional accountancy qualifications?

By undertaking and completing the CPA exams and training, we offer you the opportunity to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and gain a professional accountancy qualification.

As well as opening the door to a diverse and worthwhile career, the CPA qualification also offers:

During training CPA students do not have to commit to a training contract with one employer, allowing flexibility and freedom to move around during training. CPA students can also put relevant work experience towards training requirements and do not need to be in relevant employment when starting exams. In the current climate there is a definite demand for contract staff. Any relevant contract work undertaken will be considered part of CPA required training as long as the work is signed off by a qualified accountant.

Contact hello@studycpa.ie for more information on this.

Where can CPAs train?

CPA has over 140 Approved Employers. You do not have to train with a CPA Approved Employer to obtain relevant training but you must work under the supervision of a fully qualified accountant.


Who is eligible to study CPA?

Graduates (with either relevant or non relevant degrees), post graduates, accounting technician students, mature students and school leavers. Want to study CPA but not sure if you are eligible? Speak to Sinead O’ Donovan on 01 4251000 or email hello@studycpa.ie

Can I claim exemptions?

Click here to view possible exemptions you may be entitled to. If your college or course is not listed, please do not hesitate to contact the Institute directly at hello@studycpa.ie

Can I change from studying with another professional body to CPA?

Yes of course you can. Regardless of what stage you are at in your professional exams you can switch over to studying CPA. See below for details for each professional body:

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland:
    Find out what exemptions are granted to the Chartered Accountants Ireland exams. If you would like to scan and email through a copy of your official results from your Chartered exams we can give you an accurate view of where you stand.
  • ACCA
    Find out what exemptions are granted to the ACCA exams. If you would like to scan and email through a copy of your official results from your ACCA exams we can give you an accurate view of where you stand.
  • CIMA
    Find out what exemptions are granted to the CIMA exams. If you would like to scan and email through a copy of your official results from your CIMA exams we can give you an accurate view of where you stand.
  • Institute of Taxation
    Find out what exemptions are granted to the Institute of Taxation exams. If you would like to scan and email through a copy of your official results from your Institute of Taxation exams we can give you an accurate view of where you stand.

I have just completed my Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) qualification. I would like to continue on to become a fully qualified accountant. What exemptions does CPA Ireland offer?

Find out what exemptions are granted to the ATI exams. If you would like to scan and email through a copy of your official results from your ATI exams we can give you an accurate view of where you stand. Find out some more background information for students who hold an ATI qualification.


What are CPAs’ training requirements?

Students must obtain 3 years relevant supervised training and complete all examinations (excluding any exemptions) to apply for CPA membership. Students are also required to submit a Training Record on an annual basis.


Can I get credit for prior work experience?

Yes, prior relevant training or experience will be considered. Conditions may apply and it will be necessary to detail your prior experience and have it signed by a qualified accountant. Find out more about the training and competence development requirements.


Where can I attend classes?

CPA offers students flexible study options. CPA students can choose to study part-time, full-time, weekend, distance and e-learning programmes, or any combination of these.  A list of CPA approved educators around the country can be found here.


Can I study on-line?

Yes, there is a CPA E-Learning programme available to students. CPA E-Learning is provided by Griffith College Dublin and StudyOnline.ie. E-Learning is a very well supported learning package. You will have access to filmed lectures that you can watch at your leisure. These lectures are available to you right throughout your studies. You will also have manuals for each subject you are studying and a tutor. The tutor is there to support you throughout your studies. You will have homework and assignments to complete which will show both you and the tutor that you are progressing through your studies comfortably and confidently. Revision courses would also be included. Find out the advantages of studying with e-learning.


How many examinations are there?

There are 15 exams in total. The majority of students do not have to sit all 15 exams as they are entitled to exemptions.

Again we would recommend that you check your exemption entitlement to know how many examinations you will need to sit.

I have been working in an accountancy related roles for a while but do not have any recognised qualifications. Is there a course that I can take?

The CPA Ireland Certificate in Business and Accounting offers a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and practices of business management, with an emphasis on accounting. This course is aimed at students beginning their studies or career in business, or employees who wish to formalise their learning in the workplace. For more information click here.

What can I do after the Certificate in Business and Accounting?

Students who successfully complete the certificate programme can progress to further accounting studies through exemption from the first stage of the four stage programme of study and training to become a fully qualified CPA accountant. For more information click here.

Are the Certificate exams online?

Online assessments take place in December and May each year in Griffith College.  Students can register for these examinations by contacting Griffith College directly by email: cpa@gcd.ie or by  telephone on +353 1 4150473.  

Please note the closing deadline for the December examinations is Tuesday 10 December.

What are the fees?

Find out more information on the fees for the CPA qualification. Fees vary per student depending on the number of exemptions, that stage of the qualification and the choice of educator.

How many exam attempts am I allowed?

Every student has four consecutive attempts at each stage of exams. There are two exam sittings each year.

What are my career prospects when I am fully qualified?

The CPA qualification opens up a world of opportunities. You can work in industry or practice across a variety of different sectors. CPA members work at every level of the business from entrepreneurs and business owners to consultant roles and accountants assistants. The CPA qualification allows you to travel and work abroad through our international agreements with other accountancy bodies around the world.   Take a look at what some of our members are doing. 

Have a look at our Careers Section or our Job Search section to find out more about a career as a professional accountant.



Any other questions? Please email hello@studycpa.ie

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