Why is the Syllabus Changing?


CPA Ireland is excited to announce this new syllabus, which has been developed in the context of the finance function of the future. We undertook vast amounts of research both desk based, consultative and most recently through participation and representation on the IFAC International Forum for Accountancy Education Directors. We consulted with many stakeholders including academia, industry, peer profession and global education forums. Our Academic Advisory Board were instrumental in guiding our Education and Training team at CPA Ireland through this project.

The new syllabus addresses the impact of emerging and disruptive technologies through the introduction of these topics across various subjects on the syllabus and through the introduction of a new elective at our final level – Data Analytics for Finance.

CPA Ireland are very proud to announce that we are introducing Sustainability Reporting on both of our final level compulsory subjects, Advanced Financial Reporting and Strategy and Leadership. It is our ambition that our students will be pioneers in the drive to increase sustainability reporting among corporates. Through study of this topic, we hope students will gain a very strong understanding of their role in this reporting function and gain a basic knowledge of how to build a framework within which to promote sustainability reporting.

Finally, we are highlighting the increased necessity for the development of a deeper understanding of the requirement for, and application of Professional Scepticism in the study of Auditing at both CPA Professional and CPA Strategic Levels.