With CPA Ireland, students can obtain their professional accountancy qualification once they have completed the Leaving Certificate, bypassing the nerve-wracking points system and the expensive and time-consuming university route.
A student must obtain a pass in at least six subjects, three of which must be Grade C or higher in three higher level papers. Two of the six subjects must be English and Maths.
Getting a professional qualification with CPA Ireland provides the best of both worlds, as once you have completed your Leaving Certificate, you can begin working and earning money straight away, while simultaneously studying to become an accountant. Within one academic year students will be awarded the CPA Certificate in Business & Accounting on successful completion of their exams. Students can then 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.
School leavers now have the opportunity to join a workforce and gain financial independence, while enabling them to study and further their career opportunities at the same time.
CPA Ireland allows for flexible study, including part-time, weekend, distance and e-learning options around the country. Students can tailor their study to their own individual needs.
There are over 150 approved employers in Ireland, including international companies like Microsoft, Glanbia, Vodafone and State Street. If students are not in employment or are in a non-accounting area of work, then they will be eligible to proceed with the qualification and obtain relevant training at a later date.
Who is Suitable?
One of the most common misunderstandings about accountancy is that one must excel at maths to be an accountant. In reality, CPAs are the business strategists, planning for the future and working to make businesses successful, working far beyond the spreadsheets and numbers.
What do accountants do?
Accountancy opens doors to endless opportunities and it is the backbone of every business, from managing cash flow to strategy planning. CPAs work in practice and industry at every level, with a significant number becoming entrepreneurs and establishing their own accountancy practice or business later on in their career.