Training Requirements

Students must obtain at least 3 years relevant, supervised training and complete all examinations (excluding any exemptions) to apply for membership of CPA Ireland. Students can fulfil their training requirements working in practice, industry, commerce, the public sector or any combination of these categories.
Students are required to obtain an in depth level of training in at least two of the six training areas. Please note, the final year of training must be completed in conjunction with, or after the Strategic Level of studies. 

Please click on the links below to see the tasks included in each of the six training areas (key task required for practising certificate marked *):

1. Financial Accounting
2. Auditing & Statutory Compliance
3. Corporate Planning, Control & Treasury Management
4. Information & Financial Systems
5. General Management
6. Taxation

Students are required to submit their training to the Institute on a quarterly basis. The training must be approved by a qualified accountant who is a current member in good standing of a professional accountancy body which is a member of IFAC.

Logging your Training

The institute has introduced a new online training record system which must be used to log all training completed from 1 January 2019 onwards.

This system replaces the paper based Training Record Template which was in use for all training completed up to the end of December 2018.

For further information about logging your training please click here.

Training Guides

These online guides are essential reading for any CPA student either currently studying or at the application to membership stage. It is imperative that you familiarise yourself with the content of these documents.

Guide to In-Depth Competency Fields

Competence Profile for Newly Qualified CPAs

Example of a Completed Competency Guide and Return

Information for Students Wishing to Obtain a Practising Certificate after Qualificaton

The additional training requirements for students who are intending to apply for a practising certificate may be found here

Training Record FAQs

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions relating to training.

Contact CPA 

If you require further information, please email your query to Réidín Ní Aonghusa or contact the Education and Training Department on 01 425 1022.  Students are encouraged to contact the Institute for advice when completing their training documentation.