To qualify as a CPA, an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
- Sit and pass all examinations
- Obtain 3 years relevant supervised training
- Demonstrate an in depth level of competence in two of the technical six areas of competence and all of the behavioural attributes
- Be of good character
- Complete the Application Form
- Pay the relevant fees
Students must successfully complete all four stages of CPA Examinations before applying for membership. All students who have successfully completed the Professional 2 stage of exams will receive a formal invitation to apply for membership of the Institute.
The Institute requires that all students must complete a minimum of three years relevant,supervised training. CPA students can fulfil their training requirements working in practice, industry, commerce, the public sector or any combination of these categories. Training experience must be documented and signed by a qualified accountant.
Applicants are required to document their competencies in at least two of the six training areas as well as the professional values, ethics and attitudes required of a professional accountant.
Two written references
These must be original signed references on headed paper that are written for the specific purpose of your application for admission to membership and must be submitted with your application. One should be from the principal of your present or recent past employer and the second should be from a member of the Institute. In the unlikely event that you do not know a CPA member, you may submit a reference from a member in good standing of another professional accountancy body.
Please complete the application form and include with all other required documents.
Students must submit an Application to Membership fee along with their application. The application fee for 2019 is €732. Please note that upon admission to membership, members are required to pay an Annual Member Subscription, which falls due on 1st January in the year following admission to membership. The Annual Member Subscription for 2019 is €599.
The Conferring Ceremony is held annually in December. It is important to note that a student is not entitled to use the designatory letters ‘CPA’ or to describe themselves as a CPA until such time as the student has been admitted to membership at the Conferring Ceremony.