Cookies Policy

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland’s (CPA Ireland) Cookie Policy is outlined below. This policy outlines how CPA Ireland uses cookies when you visit our website The policy relates to both visitors to our site and any information you provide to us via the website.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
.NET_SessionId Keeps the user session ID for security reasons.
CMSCookieLevel Specifies which cookies are allowed by the visitor.
CMSCsrfCookie Stores a security token that the system uses to validate all form data submitted via POST requests. Helps protect against Cross site request forgery.
CMSPreferredCulture Stores the visitor's preferred content culture.
CMSPreferredUICulture Stores the preferred UI culture of the user.
CPAUserCookie Stores information about the current CPA Portal site session
__cfduid Used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.
_ga Google Analytics. Used to distinguish users.
_gat_UA-124804638-1 Google Analytics. Used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
_gid Google Analytics. Used to distinguish users.

What level of cookies does CPA Ireland use?

For simplicity, there are 3 main levels, which represent the choices to visitors when asking for consent to use cookies:
Cookie Level Corresponding API Level Description
No cookies System Enables the minimum cookies required for the website to work, and remembers whether the user allows cookies or not.
Only essential cookies Essential Enables all cookies required for website functionality, but no tracking cookies.
All cookies All Enables all cookies used on the website.
Typically, the website uses temporary ‘session’ cookies which allow a user to use the shopping cart or log on as a member or student using their own credentials. Passwords are not stored, just sufficient information to indicate if user is logged in, until session is ended.

How do I change cookie settings?

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set visit or
You can also block or delete cookies by changing the settings on your browser. However, this may impact on the website functionality or features.

Google Analytics and opting out

We use Google Analytics to generate detailed statistics about activity on our website to improve performance and service. No information is collected that could be used by CPA Ireland to identify website visitors, nor does CPA Ireland make any attempt to identify individual visitors or associate statistics gather with any individual.
It is CPA Ireland’s policy never to disclose such statistics in respect of website visitors to any third party (apart from our internet service provider, which records such information on our behalf and which is bound by confidentiality provisions in this regard) , unless obliged by law to do so.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit

 Third Party Cookies

When you visit website pages with links to other sites or embedded content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. CPA Ireland does not control these cookies, each website will have similar rules and cookie policies, so be aware when accepting cookies in this instance. You may need to check the relevant website or link in advance if you have concerns regarding third party cookie policies.

Contact is owned and operated by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland). Should you have any queries or complaints in relation to this policy, please contact us as follows:
By email to:
By telephone to:  +353 1 (0) 4251000
By post to: The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, No 17 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, Ireland