Student benefits

Secure a support network like no other

At Chartered Accountants Ireland you will experience a really supportive environment. Our training takes place on site and all of our courses are run directly by us.  The Institute provides a smart, bright and professional space to concentrate on your studies and interact with fellow students, creating valuable study hubs together.

  • All of your textbooks and materials, including the online Learning Journal – an essential guide that helps you map your progress.
  • There will be regular questions/assignments and quizzes to make sure students have viewed and engaged with the online material.
  • Online lectures are available for students to watch on demand.
  • Online forums will be available to allow for peer engagement and lecture support.
  • We will schedule ‘Ask Me Anything’ sessions (AMA) so that students can log into a chatroom forum and ask the lecturer a series of questions. These will be scheduled and students will be notified in advance.
  • We also run CA Diary sessions as online sessions. You can ask questions about recording your experience in the diary .
  • Academic support is available from the Education team.
  • Every student will have the opportunity to ask that any aspect of the online content be clarified. The lecturer will then do their best to put this into the contact session.
  • The mock exams provide students with a valuable opportunity to practice and prepare for the final examinations. For the majority of students, these exams are self-directed, unless you are training with a firm who has chosen to organise an in-house formal sitting.

Fact from Chartered Accountants


Average salary package for newly qualified accountant in all sectors
*Leinster society salary survey 2019

No.1 in Ireland

Qualification respected and recognised by employers and recruiters

87% pass rate 

Pass rate for FAE in 2019, well above average of other accountancy bodies
*Annual Report 2019

Student Societies

Introducing CASSI - The Chartered Accountants Student Society of Ireland.

  • CASSI is an umbrella organisation that works to provide a link between all the local Chartered Accountant Societies in Ireland and the institute. 
  • CASSI provide a strong voice for students in in the profession.
  • Through this network students can take part in post-exam reviews and liaise with the education teams on matters such as programme quality and training.
  • CASSI operates regional societies in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Sligo, the Midlands, the South East and Ulster.
  • Students are encouraged to join the student society that operates in their area.
  • The societies run a programme of social events such as charity balls, casino evenings, table quizzes, sporting competitions, guest speaker evenings and career focused events.
  • The CASSI flagship events are the annual weekend away and annual conference, which are hosted in October/November each year.

Accountancy Ireland Extra newsletter

Accountancy Ireland Extra is the newsletter and online magazine for students the publication features social and technical updates, interviews with students and recently qualified ACAs, exam tips from the experts and examiners, and a wealth of professional and personal development advice.

Recent blog posts 

Global recognition with Chartered Accountants Ireland

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The ‘Chartered’ title is an internationally recognised professional designation that shows the highest standards of ethical, professional and technical expertise.

Chartered Accountants are Ireland’s leading business professionals, recognised around the world as experts in finance, accountancy, audit and tax. Currently, we have 1,860 members working overseas (*2017 Annual Report).

Around the globe and across every industry sector, from tech to finance, Chartered Accountants have become core players when it comes to driving the future of business. Bringing together skills of strategic forecasting with expertise in finance, accountancy, auditing and taxation. 

Your global passport. What does it mean?

  1. USA – The Irish Chartered Accountancy qualification is fully recognised by the  dominant accountancy body in the US (AICPA), one of the few finance and accountancy qualifications to have such valuable recognition.
  2. UK – 23% of members are based in UK or NI.
  3. Continental Europe – Chartered Accountants Ireland qualification has European recognition.
  4. Australia – 1,000 Irish Chartered Accountants work in Australia.
  5. New Zealand/Canada/Hong Kong/South Africa – Mutual Recognition Agreements.
  6. England, Wales and Scotland – Reciprocity Agreements.

Chartered Accountants Worldwide

Chartered Accountants Ireland is part of  Chartered Accountants Worldwide, a family of 11 chartered accountancy institutes from around the world. It brings together the leading chartered accountancy institutes to support, develop and promote the vital role that Chartered Accountants play throughout the global economy. It creates a community of more than 640,000 members and over 1 million students with a presence in more than 200 countries. 

Chartered Accountancy can take you anywhere 

Sinead Gray Compliance Manager, Pobal

"Knowing that my ‘Chartered’ title would be recognised and respected globally and open up great opportunities for me, I planned to travel the world for a year or so after qualifying. Having finished my training contract with PwC and coming away with invaluable experience, I took a so-called temp job in compliance with the Dublin-based, international humanitarian aid agency, GOAL, while I figured out my travel plans. ‘So called’ temp because seven and a half years later I was still working with them. I never did take that ‘year out’ to travel. However, travel became an integral part of my role within GOAL.

There’s so much more to being a Chartered Accountant than just ‘accountancy’. The qualification opens up so many doors, some that you might not know even exist. So don’t pigeon-hole accountancy like I did in my early years - think beyond just number crunching. All industries, not least the international aid sector, have a need for finance and governance professionals and the Chartered Accountancy qualification makes you just that – professional. With this qualification you will have the opportunity to build a rewarding career, one that can really make a difference in the world. Chartered Accountancy can take you anywhere."

What's the first step?

If you're thinking about studying with us this year, the first step is to confirm your eligibility to start the programme. Our free online application process will confirm your eligibility, and check if you are entitled to any exemptions.

Create an account on our website and follow our four step guide from there. And don't worry, there's no obligation to enrol at any stage.

Get in touch if you any questions.

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