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Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
Course Code CPA
Duration Four years full time
Start dates 24 Jan, 20 Sept 2011             
Mode Full time
Fee EU/Local Students €2350.00 p.a
International Students €4650.00 p.a.
Awarding Body A Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Introduction

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a fully qualified accountant and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.With over 5,000 members and students, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland is one of Ireland's main accountancy bodies.

The CPA qualification is recognised as equivalent to those of other statutory bodies in the EU and the qualification is included in the EC Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications - the Mutual Recognition Directive (89/48/EEC).

What do CPAs do?

CPA members and students work across a variety of roles in both practice and 'industry' including, sectors such as financial services, banking, manufacturing, construction, education and consultancy. The CPA Institute is an independent body controlled in Ireland however CPA Members work in over 32 countries worldwide!

Course Structure

Formation 1

·         Business Mathematics & Quantitative Methods

·         Economics & The Business Environment

·         Business Law

 

Formation 2

 

·         Financial Accounting

·         Taxation

·         Information Systems

·         Management Accounting

 

Professional 1

 

·         Corporate Reporting

·         Auditing

·         Managerial Finance

·         Corporate Laws and Governance

 

Professional 2

 

·         Advanced Taxation

·         Advanced Corporate Reporting

·         Audit Practice

·         Financial Management

 

Programme Entry Requirements

To participate on the CPA programme you must satisfy one of the following:

1.     Have passed the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in at least 6 subjects with a minimum of three at Grade ‘C’ or above, or

2.     Be a mature student over 25 at the date of registration, or

3.     Hold a third level qualification.

 

Admission to Membership : Requirements

To qualify as a CPA, an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

Examination Success

The student must successfully complete all four stages of CPA Examinations before making an application for membership.

Training Requirement

The CPA 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. At any given time CPA students can select the employer and sector in which to work. This overall freedom of movement ensures that CPA students can continue to progress in their chosen career while studying for the CPA examinations. Training experience must be documented in a Training Record.  

Competency Guide & Return

Applicants are required to submit a Competency Guide and Return which is signed off by your employer/supervisor and specifically refers to the relevant technical competencies, professional values, ethics and attitudes that they have observed you demonstrate in your training.

Evidence of Practical IT Competence

Evidence of students’ practical competence in IT is a prerequisite for admission to membership.  You may meet this requirement by either sending in your ECDL certificate or submitting a Certificate of Practical IT Competence signed by your supervisor (which testifies that you have adequately demonstrated all the ECDL competencies in the workplace).  Any gaps in the required areas are required to be filled by taking the equivalent module(s) of the ECDL test and a certificate for the relevant module(s) must be submitted with your application. 

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.  

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a fully qualified accountant and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.

With over 5,000 members and students, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland is one of Ireland's main accountancy bodies.

The CPA qualification is recognised as equivalent to those of other statutory bodies in the EU and the qualification is included in the EC Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications - the Mutual Recognition Directive (89/48/EEC).

What do CPAs do?

CPA members and students work across a variety of roles in both practice and 'industry' including, sectors such as financial services, banking, manufacturing, construction, education and consultancy. The CPA Institute is an independent body controlled in Ireland however CPA Members work in over 32 countries worldwide!

 

 

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