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.

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Common FAQs about studying Chartered Accountancy

Getting professional experience as a Chartered student

It’s the unique combination of education and practical experience that makes the Chartered qualification different. If you’re thinking about studying with us this year, but are unsure about how you’d go about getting the experience you need, we’ve put together some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

How much practical experience do I need to get to qualify as a Chartered Accountant?

This depends on your starting position. You will need three years if you are an accredited masters or postgraduate student, three-and-a-half years as a degree graduate and four years if you’re joining us from Accounting Technicians.

I’ve heard that for Chartered Accountants Ireland, you need a training contract. Do I have to enter into one?

You don’t have to enter into a training contract and there is no training contract for students under our Flexible Route. You need to get the same amount and type of experience as all Chartered Accountancy students, but you are free to choose your employer and job sector, and modify these as your circumstances change. Your experience does not have to be continuous, and you can gain your experience in more than one company. If you qualify through the Flexible Route, your Chartered qualification will be recognised the same as someone who went through a training contract – there is no distinction made.

My manager has questions about their role in helping me get my experience

You will need a mentor to supervise your experience. This can be a Chartered Accountants Ireland member or any IFAC accountant that works with you. And if you don’t have access to a mentor where you work, we can assign you someone. If your manager or HR department have questions, we’ll be happy to talk to them about any aspect of this, and we’ve also got information for employers on our website.

Can I get credit for prior work experience?

Yes, we will consider recognition of relevant prior work experience on a case-by-case basis. Naturally, certain conditions will apply and it will be necessary to detail your experience, and have it verified by your employer(s). It is important to note that prior experience must be comparable to the kind of experience that will be undertaken during your training.

You can apply to have your prior experience checked after you have enrolled on the programme.

My current role can’t provide me with any accounting experience of the kind I’ll need to generate in order to qualify – any ideas?

That’s not a problem. The Flexible Route allows you to start your professional education, and then gain your relevant accounting experience at a later date. You don’t have to be working in an accountancy environment to enrol with us and start your exams. In order to qualify, you’ll need to record the same amount of practical experience as every other Chartered student. Chances are that once you start your Chartered studies you’re going to be an attractive prospect for employers and many students quickly migrate to accounting-related roles. These roles are not restricted to the finance industry either – there are Chartered trainees in IT, telecoms, manufacturing, retail, and engineering companies.

Our Training Support Unit are on hand to assist you with any queries you have in this area, and can work with you (and your company) to find a solution to any problems you have around gaining experience.

I’ve heard that studying Chartered Accountancy is all about audit but I don’t work in audit, and I don’t see my future career involving audit.

That’s no problem. While students will need to exhibit experience across financial reporting and regular exposure to books of accounts, there is no specific requirement to generate audit experience. Chartered Business Route students may not be working in audit, and they won’t be required to do so either.

Many of our members often remark that an ability to understand audit and speak as an equal with external auditors sets them apart in the profession and has given them a real competitive edge. On that basis, you’ll have exposure to audit through your education, and you can choose the audit elective in your FAE.

Pleas get in touch by email if you have any questions.

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