CPAs work across a variety of roles in both practice and industry, including sectors such as financial services, banking, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, education, consultancy and I.T.
Training is an essential part of preparing students for membership of CPA Ireland. It has a number of elements, the most significant of which is supervised, practical experience in accounting-related work. Other relevant supervised activities in training include:
- project work and/or
- training courses.
Experience on its own does not constitute training. It must be progressive, supervised instruction and entail structured feedback.
There is a minimum of 3 years relevant supervised training required to apply for membership of the CPA. That training can take place in practice (firm of accountants), industry or both. As a CPA student, you are not tied down to a contract with only one employer. You’re free to choose your job sector and your employer and you are in control of your career from the start. If a student has any previous, relevant experience this can also be taken into consideration.
Training typically takes place alongside exams. If a student finds themselves out of work or perhaps working in a non-relevant area, they are still eligible to proceed with the CPA qualification. Relevant training can be obtained at a later date. Students have up to three years from the date of their final exam to complete relevant training.
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