Chartered Accountants Ireland and CIPFA sign new education provision agreement

Jun 11, 2018

Barry Dempsey and Robert Jelly
New partnership gives trainee Chartered Accountants specialist public sector accountancy training 

Ireland’s biggest and fastest growing accountancy body, Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the professional body for people working in finance in the public sector, have today (Monday 11 June 2018) announced a new agreement between the two organisations. As a result of this collaboration, Chartered Accountants Ireland will be delivering the new public sector elective to its final year students.

The move comes as demand grows for specialist public sector finance professionals in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. There is also wide acknowledgement of the need for highly trained and experienced accountants to manage and audit the public purse.  The new elective will service this demand while opening up more career opportunities for newly qualified Irish Chartered Accountants. 

Chartered Accountants Ireland Chief Executive, Barry Dempsey said: 
“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of many months of work with our partners in CIPFA.  In combining an executive-level public sector elective with the respected Chartered Accountant professional qualification, our proposition is made even more attractive for talented and ambitious new graduates and those already working in the public sector. 

“This new public sector elective is one part of an exciting, new education programme that Chartered Accountants Ireland will be unveiling for the 2018/19 academic year. We have revised our core syllabus, introduced new electives and new pathways to membership, as we anticipate and respond to the demands of our economy.  We believe that this new programme will greatly enhance both the student experience and the long-term value of the profession in a rapidly-changing environment.

“We look forward to working closely with CIPFA on the development of our new public sector elective in the coming years.”

Chief Executive of CIPFA, Rob Whiteman said:
“We are excited to have entered into a strategic agreement with Chartered Accountants Ireland. Together we will work hard to empower accountants to manage public money and resources transparently and effectively.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:
About Chartered Accountants Ireland
Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s largest and longest established professional body of accountants founded in 1888.  The Institute, which is an all-island body, currently represents over 26,500 members around the world. It is also the biggest single educator of accountancy students in Ireland, with over 6,600 registered students. 

About CIPFA
CIPFA is the professional body for people in public finance. It represents approximately 14,000 members who are public finance leaders and officials in the United Kingdom and overseas, specialising in high quality public financial management and governance for organisations in, and providing support to, government and public services.

Its members work throughout the public sector, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other public and private sector bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications is the foundation for a career in public finance. It also champions high performance in public services, translating its experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance.  

Photo caption:  Pictured at the signing of the education agreement between Chartered Accountants Ireland and CIPFA are Dempsey, Chief Executive, Chartered Accountants Ireland (left) and Robert Jelly, Director, Education and Membership, CIPFA.

Contact: Garry Webb, Chartered Accountants Ireland, phone 02890 435840/ 07841152045