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School Leavers

School leavers have two options when considering a CPA Qualification. Firstly students can bypass college and the CAO points system and go directly to study CPA and begin their career as a professional accountant with the CPA Certificate in Business and Accounting. Students can work and train simultaneously, allowing them to earn money and complete their training while they pursue their qualification. Or secondly many students complete their Leaving Certificate and go on to do a degree in Accounting and Finance or Business Studies in college and then study for their professional accountancy qualification. A list of exemptions offered from various college courses can be found here

Options for school leavers:

The Certificate in Business and Accounting
which is an online course and has a range of competitively priced course fees.

Students can expect to immediately assert their independence as you must gain three years relevant experience with the qualification, so you are likely to be earning money while studying. If you find yourself out of work or perhaps working in a non-accounting area of work, you will still be eligible to proceed with the CPA qualification and relevant training can be obtained at a later date. 


Exemptions for College Courses

School leavers can also chose to complete their college course in the college or university of their choice and following this degree come to CPA Ireland to study and train for their professional accountancy qualification. Each college course listed in the link above entitles the holder to a number of exemptions from the professional exams so it may be worth taking a look before choosing your college course if you are thinking of a career in Accountancy. 



Accountancy is a career that will open the door to countless career choices. Accounting is possibly the most practical subject students will study in school. It is the backbone of all business and is therefore very broad, covering a variety of different topics essential to working in business. The job opportunities open to students who take on a professional qualification like CPA are varied, exciting and financially rewarding.

They can work in a practice or firm of accountants, in any industry sector or perhaps even run their own business someday. Accountants are in demand and as the CPA has an internationally recognised qualification, they can work anywhere in the world.