Certified Public Accountant
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland) is one of the main Irish accountancy bodies with 5,000 members and students. The CPA designation is the most commonly used designation worldwide for professional accountants and the Institute’s qualification enjoys wide international recognition. There are 2.8 million qualified accountants worldwide and 1 million of them are CPA accountants. “I studied CPA at the College of Commerce & Griffith College in Cork & trained in Moore Stephens also in Cork. College is a great experience & accountancy is a fantastic qualification to come away with,” says Turlough Daly, a Senior Financial Accountant with Voxpro. “ I recently joined Voxpro and I am focusing on budgeting/forecasting for the business & supporting other teams in reporting, planning & pricing. I would encourage people to go for the CPA qualification as in opens up career opportunities.”
Anyone can choose to study for a CPA qualification n, from school leavers to graduates, mature students and professionals, the CPA qualification is open to everyone. Graduates of business or accounting degrees, or those with existing qualifications will be offered exemptions however, many students are already working and are interested in changing their career path or formalising their experience and knowledge.
CPA Ireland prides itself on supporting our students in every aspect of their study and career progression. Study options are offered on a fully flexible basis, including full-time, part-time, weekends, distance and e-learning. Students can schedule their study and exam preparation around their personal and professional lives.
Most students opt to train in tandem with studying for the qualification, but the Institute offers the flexibility for students to obtain that work experience before, during or after studies. The minimum time it would take would to become a qualified CPA accountant is three years and most people qualifying as accountants are employed.
Through CPA E-Learning for example, students can access on-site lectures from all over Ireland, as well as submit their queries and join discussions online. As well as completing exams, CPA students must undertake three years of relevant training under the supervision of a qualified accountant, but the Institute will assist them in choosing their job and sector and they are not tied into a contract for the course of their study with any one employer.
In September 2017, CPA Ireland and DIT College of Business accepted its first intake of students for the only combined Level 9 DIT MSc in Applied Accounting and CPA qualification. This programme provides students with a unique opportunity to work towards gaining two qualifications at the same time – An MSc in Applied Accounting from Dublin Institute of Technology and a CPA Ireland Qualification. Each trainee will be on a paid four-day work placement (Monday to Thursday) with one day per week (Friday) in DIT over two 15-week semesters.