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School Leavers

School leavers can bypass college and the CAO points system and go directly to study CPA and begin their career as a professional accountant. Students can work and train simultaneously, allowing them to earn money and complete their training while they pursue their qualification.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. However as CPA Ireland recognises that college is not a viable option for everyone, we provide a professional accountancy qualification that is open to school leavers once they complete their Leaving Certificate, subject to meeting course entry requirements.

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. 


We have a range of course options for school leavers:

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

We also have two fully funded courses available to students which are offered by Cork College of Commerce and Longford and Westmeath ETB. These particular courses are Monday to Friday via face to face classes:

Cork College of Commerce – CPA Business and Accounting Traineeship

Longford and Westmeath ETB - CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship



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.