Students FAQs

Frequently asked questions about being a student

Detailed below are a range of frequently asked questions to support you in your student journey. These FAQs will be updated regularly. To resolve your queries quickly, we recommend checking the FAQs before contacting us. Please ensure to include your student ID number on any emails sent to us to reduce the time it takes to resolve your query.

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Getting started

  1. I can’t access the Learning Hub/my login details aren’t working?

    If your enrolment has just recently been processed or if you have received enrolment confirmation only some days ago, it’s possible that your login credentials have not yet been loaded to the Learning Hub. Later enrolments will be uploaded on a phased basis. We’ll advise you by email when you can access the Hub, and you can watch our video on how to login here.  All webinars are recorded and available to view on the Hub, so you won’t miss anything.

  2. I’m newly enrolled and I haven’t received the links to live webinars, where can I get them?

    We’ll be uploading later enrolments on a phased basis so if you’ve only enrolled over recent days, we’ll advise shortly as to when you can access the Learning Hub.  Links to the live webinars are available on the Hub, but in the meantime, if you need a link to webinars, please email CAP1@charteredaccountants.ie.

  3. There is no session 1 for Finance on the ROI timetable. Is this an error?

    No, this is not an error. Finance 1 is self-study only, and there is no requirement to have a webinar for this session.

Admissions (Student enrolment queries)

To include exemptions, eligibility, enrolment, training contract, payment, visas, student cards

  1. How do I apply for exemptions?

    Students embarking on the professional training programme with Chartered Accountants Ireland must clear their eligibility/exemption position in advance of enrolling on a course programme. Students can apply for exemptions anytime from 1 April to end of July each year. Further details on applying for exemptions along with a complete list of accredited programmes can be found on the exemptions page.

  2. What are the enrolment closing dates for 2020/21?

    The upcoming enrolment closing dates for your students who wish to participate on the 2020-21 Academic Cycle are as follows:

    Student type Enrolment window
    New intake (Students registering a contract or as a flexible route for the first time this year)  Enrolment remains open until 18 October 2020
    Students getting CAP1 and CAP2 results  Enrolment runs to 18 October 2020 
    Students enrolling to FAE  Enrolment runs to 30 October 2020 
  3. What is the enrolment closing date if I am required to participate in repeat examinations?

    Students who are required to participate on our repeat examinations and will thus not receive results until December 2020 will have access to online materials to support participation in the next academic level of their studies while they await those results. There will be a subsequent enrolment window for successful repeat candidates running from 18 -30 December 2020 and books will be dispatched after this.

  4. What are the enrolment regulations?

    CAP1

    • Candidates who have 2 or more full subjects outstanding in CAP1 can only enrol on the outstanding CAP1 subjects.
    • Candidates must enrol on a minimum of 2 subjects in CAP1 if they have two or more full subjects outstanding in CAP1.
    • If candidates are not exempt from Financial Accounting or Law in CAP1 they must select these subjects as part of their first enrolment options. It will not be possible to de-select these options. Please note that Law is delivered as a half-subject.

    CAP1/CAP2

    • If candidates have 1 ½ papers or less outstanding in CAP1 they may enrol onto Module 1 of CAP2 in addition to the outstanding CAP1 papers.
    • Candidates cannot progress to Module 2 of CAP2 until they have successfully completed all of the CAP1 papers.
    • Candidates cannot enrol onto Module 2 of CAP2 prior to Module 1.

    CAP2

    • If a candidate has successfully met the CAP1 requirements in full either through exemption or examination success they may enrol on all 4 subjects in CAP2.
    • Candidates may elect to take CAP2 modularly. If the student has no outstanding papers in CAP1, they can enrol to any chosen two CAP2 subjects. Such candidates can enrol to the remaining two subjects in the second year regardless of the outcome of the earlier examinations. 
    • CAP2 must be successfully completed within a 3 year timeframe.

    FAE

    • Candidates cannot enrol on FAE until they have successfully completed all of CAP2.
    • Candidates must enrol on FAE core and chose one of the FAE electives.
    • FAE must be taken as a complete part.
  5. How do I enrol as a flexible student?

    If you have an approved eligibility/exemption application, you can enrol through the current students section of the website to enrol on a course/exam.

  6. How to terminate/transfer the training contract?

    As both processes only arise in exceptional circumstances you should make contact with Chartered Accountants Ireland to discuss the formalities involved. You will find some initial guidelines here.

  7. What are the course enrolment fees for 2020/2021?

    CAP1 enrolment fees are:           

    €420/£290 per subject

    €2100/£1450 ALL subjects (5 subjects)

    CAP2 enrolment fees are:           

    €1590/£1080 per module (each module contains 2 subjects)

    €3180/£2160 ALL subjects (4 subjects)

    FAE enrolment fees are:              

    €4350/£2955 total fee (core & elective subjects)

  8. What does the education fee include?

    Education fee includes:

    • Exemption fee
    • Registration fee
    • Student textbooks
    • Course fee (1st attempt only)
    • Exam fee and any interim assessment fee (1st attempt only)
  9. What is the refund policy for course fees in 2020/2021?

    If you withdraw from the course programme before 16 November 2020

    A full refund/credit less €100/£70 for administration costs will be provided should you withdraw from the course programme before 16 November 2020. You will be required to return all textbooks in a saleable condition.

    If you withdraw from the programme between November and December 2020

    A refund/credit of 50% of the course fee will be provided should you withdraw from the course programme before 31 December 2020.

    If you withdraw from the course programme after 31 December 2020

    Should you decide to withdraw from the course programme from 1 January 2021 you will not be eligible for a refund/credit.

    If you are under training contract you must submit a completed termination of training contract form when withdrawing from the course programme. If you are enrolled on the flexible option route, you must submit notice of termination of studies in writing in order to be removed from the course programme. Please note, refunds are only applicable where full course fees has been received.

  10. How do non-EU students apply for/renew their Stamp1A visa?

    Non-EU students who are registered in a training contract with a recognised training firm, or appropriately employed and registered Flexible Route students,  can request us to confirm their registration details to the GNIB in advance of their Stamp1A visa appointment. Please email this request two weeks prior to your Stamp1A visa appointment to studentqueries@charteredaccountants.ie. Please allow at least two weeks notice to get the verification to GNIB.

     Further information regarding the visa process is available from the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

  11. As a student at the Institute, can I avail of a student card or travel card?

    There is no Chartered Accountants Ireland student card but there is a student Leap card/Totum card and you can apply for the student rate. If you are a registered student, please submit your leap card application form for verification.

Education delivery (Course delivery queries)

To include course commencement dates 2020, study leave, FAE electives, attendance

  1. When are the courses starting for 2020/2021?

    Course relaunch dates for the 2020/21 education programme are:

    • CAP1: 19 October
    • CAP2: 2 November
    • FAE: 16 November.
  2. What is the format of the programmes, are they still evening/weekend split?

    Yes, webinars are the main time-bound education delivery items and they will be broadcast on early evenings and weekends, with duration of between 90-120 mins.

  3. What is the recommended study leave for each level?

    Chartered Accountants Ireland recommends that authorised training firms provide leave additional to annual leave to their students under training contract to allow for preparation for and presentation at the professional examinations. The recommended study leave is intended to accommodate attendance on courses, e.g. block release, as well as private study. The following recommendations are made in relation to study leave for those preparing as first attempt candidates for the CA Proficiency 1, CA Proficiency 2 and Final Admitting Examinations.

    CAP1 [first attempts only]

    • 23 working days, to be allocated pro rata as follows:
      • 5 Days for each: Finance, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting and Taxation
      • 3 Days: Law for Accountants
    • 4 exam leave days (1 for each end-of-year exam day)

    CAP2 [first attempts only]

    • 7.5 working days per subject
    • 1 exam leave day per subject
    • Or 15 working days per module if taken on a modular basis, plus exam days

    FAE [first attempts only]

    • 35 working days (FAE Core & FAE Elective)
    • 2 exam leave days

    Pro-rata allocation does not apply as it is not permitted to split FAE Core and FAE Elective.

    Repeat / resit exams [all levels]

    • 1 exam leave day (1 for each day of exams, this excludes interim assessment resits)
  4. Which FAE elective should I choose?

    Students enrolling on the preparatory course programme for the Final Admitting Examination are required to choose one of the following elective options:

    • Advanced Auditing & Assurance
    • Advanced Taxation
    • Advisory (previously Advanced Performance Management)
    • Financial Services Elective
    • Public Sector Elective

    For a summary of each elective, and factors that should influence each student’s decision, please see our FAE elective information page.

    NOTE: You can complete an additional elective at any stage. While candidates should be confident that they have made the correct elective choice during their FAE year it is possible to complete another elective post-qualification. This provides members with much flexibility and opens up many new career options. Any such course of study will contribute towards your CPD requirement.

  5. What happens if I want to change my FAE elective after I have submitted my enrolment?

    First attempt students

    Students who enrol on the first attempt FAE programme have until 31st October 2019 to change their elective. Students are required to submit a change of elective form before the closing date accompanied by the relevant fees. It is not possible to facilitate applications to change elective after the closing date.

    Repeat students

    Students who fail their FAE Elective and elect to take a different elective for the next examination sitting must enrol on the main class programme for their new elective option. Students enrolling on the FAE Elective course will be enrolled to attend all 10 sessions and sit their mock exam with the main class. Students changing elective are required to submit the change of elective form before the 6th December 2019 closing date accompanied by the relevant fees. Please note that in this instance it is not necessary to submit an separate examination entry form in respect of the elective re-sit.

    Members

    Members who wish to participate on an elective to contribute towards their CPD hours must enrol on our main class programme for their elective option. The closing date for such enrolment is 6th December 2019. Please contact studentqueries@charteredaccountants.ie to obtain the enrolment form. 

  6. How is attendance at lectures recorded

    Chartered Accountants Ireland facilitates the recording of attendance at lectures for training organisations. The attendance requirements document details the attendance requirements of students, how attendance is logged and which students are required to log attendance.

  7. Do I need to attend the classes, or can I watch the recordings afterwards?

    Students will be expected to engage with online education. This will take the form of viewing pre-recorded lectures at a time and place that suits the student, and also joining in live webinars. Students will be advised of timings of webinars as part of timetables.  Students should, wherever possible, attend live webinars at the scheduled time - recordings are intended for students who are genuinely unable to attend on the day.

  8. When can we expect timetables?

    We will be releasing timetables gradually, starting with CAP1 which starts 19 October. CAP1 2020 timetables are available here.

    2020/21 timetables will reflect our policy this year to release content in small, four-to-six week phases, so that we can keep taking on board your feedback and making incremental improvements. On that basis, you are not going to see a full year timetable.  The first CAP1 timetable will cover October to December, with the next semester CAP1 timetable released in early December. Remember also that much of the education content is either pre-recorded, quizzes or case studies which are not tied to a time and you can choose to do when it suits you. The first lecture will include an induction talk which will give guidance on what to expect during the academic year.

    We do our best avoid any timetable changes, but they can happen due to unforeseen circumstances. If a change is required, we will send an e-mail to let you know so please ensure that both your mobile number and email details are correct on your Student Centre.

  9. I have a question about key dates for education or exams in 2021. Where can I get this information?

    We have created a Key Dates page, which covers most of the main education dates for the academic year. Given the amount of change taking place as a result of adherence to public health guidelines and the pandemic, as of end September, the picture is incomplete in some areas. The Key Dates page will be updated as certain dates are settled upon in the weeks ahead.
  10. What is the update on student textbook distribution?

    The Institute has been in contact with all students to advise of the process this year about book distribution. All student textbooks will be delivered to the home address provided. Students will have the opportunity to change the delivery address to an alternative/more suitable address in advance of dispatch if they wish. Textbooks will only be delivered to firms in exceptional circumstances. Once student enrolment is finalised your book order will be confirmed to our distributor. They will contact the student directly to provide delivery details. For full details on book distribution please click here.
  11. What are the Interim Assessments?

    There will be an interim assessment component in the following papers:

    CAP1

    • Financial Accounting (Double Entry Bookkeeping aka DEBK)
    • Management Accounting

    CAP2

    • Financial Reporting

    FAE

    • Core: Advanced Application of Financial Reporting Principles (AAFRP)

    Students who are exempt from a paper will also be exempt from any associated interim assessments component..

  12. How to terminate/transfer the training contract?

    As both processes only arise in exceptional circumstances you should make contact with Chartered Accountants Ireland to discuss the formalities involved. You will find some initial guidelines here.

  13. How do I register for first attempt interim assessment(s)?

    First attempt candidates who have enrolled on the course programme will be automatically entered for the first session of the interim assessment(s) in that academic year.

  14. How do I register for repeat interim assessment(s)?

    Students on their second or later attempt at CAP1, CAP2 or FAE will register for the interim assessment online through their Student Centre. Participation in a re-sit interim assessment will incur an additional fee to the examinations. This fee is payable as part of the online registration process.

  15. I have forgotten my web login details

    If you have forgotten your password to your Chartered Accountants Ireland web account please go to the login page and select ‘forgot password’; input your student number and you will receive a password reset email to your registered Institute email address.

    If you would like to re-set your password, login to your Chartered Accountants Account and within my  account under personal information select ‘change my password’ this will allow the student to change their password.

    Please note that your Student Centre and Learning Hub will have two different passwords. You can read how to rest your Learning Hub password in the Learning Hub section.

The Learning Hub (Learning Hub queries)

To include login details, forgot/reset passwords, login to Student Centre, accessing content, Learning Hub trouble shooting, webinars, discussion forums.

  1. I’ve seen some references to Moodle as the learning platform, now I’m seeing The Learning Hub. Are these the same thing?

    Yes, The Learning Hub is the name we’ve given to the Institute’s student education platform, so where you’ve seen Moodle in the past, now you’ll see references to The Learning Hub.
  2. When will training for the Learning Hub (Moodle) be available?

    As part of the introduction process to the new way of education provision this year, you will receive an email directing you to induction material on the Institute website, in advance of you accessing the Learning Hub (Moodle). The objective will be to provide a good overview of how education will be delivered, and how students will access and navigate the Learning Hub. Students will be pointed towards induction material hosted initially on the Institute’s website (student section) but once the academic year gets underway, the Learning Hub will be the repository for all communications, support and resources.
  3. When can students access the Learning Hub?

    We will be sending login details for the Learning Hub to all students by email a week before course commencement, e.g. for CAP1 students, they will receive their login details around 12 October.
  4. How do I login to the Learning Hub?

    There are two ways to access the Learning Hub through your Student Centre or directly through the Learning Hub.

    1. Access through the Student Centre - To access the Learning Hub login to your Student Centre and click on the Learning Hub link from your login page.
    2. Access directly through the Learning Hub Log in to the Learning Hub and enter your student number and Learning Hub password. Top tip:bookmark the Learning Hub the first time you log in. Please note, you will need to access the Learning Hub through this link should the Student Centre not be available for any reason.


  5. How do I reset my password for the Learning Hub?

    If you have forgotten your password to your Learning Hub Account to go the Learning Hub login page and select the “forgotten your username or password” link. Input your student number or email address and you will receive an email to registered Institute email to reset your password.

    If you would like to re-set your password on Learning Hub, login to your Learning Hub account, navigate to your profile from the top right and select the cog in the centre right of the screen. From here select “Change Password”.

    If you have forgotten your password to your Chartered Accountants Ireland website account please go to the login page and click ‘forgot password’; input your student number and you will receive a password reset email to your registered Institute email address.

    If you would like to re-set your password, login to your Chartered Accountants Account and within My Account under personal information select ‘change my password’ this will allow the student to change their password.

  6. How do I access course content?

    Please login to your Student Centre to access the link to the Learning Hub. Once in Learning Hub, students will only see content for subjects they are enrolled in. Each subject is a course within Learning Hub, all content related to that subject will be held within the course on Learning Hub.

  7. When can I access course content?

    Our policy this year is to provide content in staged releases, so that we can keep taking on board your feedback and making incremental improvements. Content for CAP1 Law and Financial accounting will be available on 16 October. Course content for other subjects and programmes will be added at a later date.

  8. I can’t access Learning Hub?

    Students can access Learning Hub from 16 October 2020. If a student is not enrolled on a course, they do not have access to the Learning Hub platform.

    Progression students who currently do not have enrolments will be granted access to the relevant courses..

  9. How do I manage notifications within the Learning Hub?

    Every user can control how they receive email notifications from the Learning Hub. Click your name or user icon (at top right of your course page) and from the User menu drop-down, select Preferences. Your Preferences page will open.

    On the Preferences page, under User account, click Forum preferences. The Forum preferences page will open. On the Forum preferences page, from the Email digest type drop-down menu, select how Moodle will send notifications when you are following discussions.

    You have the following options:

    • No digest (single email per forum post the default option)
    • Complete (daily email with full posts)
    • Subjects (daily email with subjects only)

    Please note that students can manage notification and messaging preferences in a similar fashion from their profile.

  10. Learning Hub does not work on my browser or device?

    Learning Hub is compatible with any standard compliant web browser.

    Desktop:

    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Safari
    • Edge
    • Internet Explorer 11+

    Mobile:

    • Mobile Safari
    • Google Chrome

    For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date.

    If your browser is failing to load the Learning Hub or gives you an error, then please try the following steps:

    • Clear your browser cache (instructions for this can be found on the help pages for each individual browser).
    • Try a secondary browser.
    • Make sure you are logging in from the Student Centre so that it will redirect you to the correct link.
    If none of those steps resolve your issue, please screenshot the error you are experiencing please contact our student support team studentqueries@charteredaccountants.ie.

Examinations (Exams queries)

  1. Have any decisions been made on the mock exams this year, in terms of the dates the papers will be released, and will the exams be corrected?

    Currently our focus is on the exams this year. We are planning on having the mock exams on the E-Assessment platform in 2021, with no dates agreed at this stage.  The issue as to whether the mocks will be marked as part of this process and has not yet been finalised (correct as of October 2020).

  2. How do I register for first attempt examinations?

    First attempt candidates who have enrolled on the course programme will be automatically entered for the first session of the examinations in that academic year. Such candidates will have an opportunity to amend the examination venue/session subsequent to receiving the provisional notification of examination sitting (issued circa 4-5 weeks before the actual examination). Please note, first attempt candidates are not required to submit a separate examination entry form.

  3. How do I register for repeat examinations?

    Students on their second or later attempt at CAP1, CAP2 or FAE are required to register for the examinations online through their student portal before the closing date. The examination fee is payable as part of the online registration process.

    FAE students who change elective

    Students who have changed elective and are enrolled on the main class programme for their new elective are not required to enrol for the elective exam. Students re-sitting core and/or elective must enrol online through their student portal.

    CAP1 external examination candidates

    Applicants wishing to present for our CAP1 examinations as external candidates may apply:

    1. In the year in which their degree or postgraduate programme concludes or
    2. At the May and/or September sessions immediately preceding entry into a Training Contract/Flexible Option/accredited Masters programme, where the offer of a Training Contract and the start date of the contract is certified in writing to the Institute by the training organisation.

    External students are required to register for the examinations through the external examinations enrolment page. The examination fee is payable as part of the online registration process. Please note candidates must set up an account on our website prior to enrolling on the external examinations.

    Examination regulations

    The examination regulations can be accessed on the exam information page.

  4. Can I defer my examination sitting?

    Yes, candidates are permitted to defer their exam sitting. Deferring a sitting does not impact on the requirement to complete all required exams at each level within the maximum period allowed. Below is a list of fees applicable to defer an examination sitting:

    • Applications in advance of the provisional exam notification (provisional notifications are sent approximately six weeks before each exam session) do not attract a fee
    • Provisional notification for each exam session will include a cut-off date for acceptance of changes to exam enrolment. Applications for changes made after this date will attract a fee.

    Candidates should apply directly to the relevant examination executives to request a deferral.

  5. Can I carry forward my exam fees to the next sitting?

    In the event whereby a student, for unavoidable reasons, is unable to sit for the examinations for which they are enrolled they may apply to pay a carry forward fee when enrolling on the next diet of examinations instead of paying the full examination fees. The student must apply to the Examination Department, with appropriate evidence, to avail of the carry forward fee prior to submission of a new entry form. Please note that exam enrolment fees are non-refundable.

    Students can apply for a concessionary attempt to disabilityofficer@charteredaccountants.ie.

  6. What if I do not pass the exams within the permitted timeframe?

    If a student has not passed the Institute’s examinations within the maximum period permitted for that level or where a candidate has exhausted the 8 year timing regulation, the student may apply for a concessionary attempt. All such applications are assessed on a case by case basis. Further information in relation to concessionary attempts can be found in the examination regulations.

    Students can apply for a concessionary attempt to disabilityofficer@charteredaccountants.ie.

  7. How do I apply for reasonable accommodations in examinations?

    Candidates with a disability or temporary impairment may apply for reasonable accommodation in examinations and assessments. Further information in relation to the supports available and the process, please see the application for reasonable accommodation page.

Training Support (Training Support Queries)

  1. What is the CA Diary?

    The CA Diary is an electronic tool which will allow you to record the acquisition of skills, values and competencies during the period of your professional development. For more information on the CA Diary.

  2. What is the purpose of maintaining the diary?

    1. To comply with regulatory and contractual (Training Contract students) requirements
    2. To assist you in planning your work activities
    3. To help you to understand how you have applied your competencies in the workplace
    4. To chronicle the acquisition of your skills and competencies
    5. To help you reflect on the effectiveness with which you have applied your competencies in your work environment

    To provide evidence to Chartered Accountant Ireland at the time of your application for admission to membership that you have acquired the requisite values, skills and competencies

  3. What is competency?

    Competence is defined as 'being able to perform a certain work role to a defined standard with reference to real working environments.' (International Federation of Accountants - IFAC).

  4. What are the mandatory competencies?

    All students must demonstrate the acquisition of competencies n Financial Reporting (FA1 - FA4), the broad Business Environment skills (CB1 - CB6), and throughout your period of training, the adoption of the professional values and the growth in your personal/interpersonal skills will be monitored (PV1 - PV7). Full definitions are provided in the Professional Development Requirements guide.

  5. How do I record my CA Diary entries?

    Each activity you perform is informed by a technical skill and invariably will require some personal/interpersonal input. When you complete a task, you will need to reflect on the skills and values that informed your actions in each work activity.

    1. You should firstly enter the time period for which you are making the entry by using the date selection boxes on the Diary Entry page. This will allow you to record the number of days you have evidenced.
    2. Your CA Diary entry needs to include a short narrative that describes your rational for recording each technical and non-technical competency element. This should  directly relate to the tasks/activities that you have completed over the time period for which you are making the entry.
    3. You also need to select the appropriate learning level of competency, in your opinion, to which you have carried out the assignment - understands, applies or integrates.
    4. You must at all times respect your client's confidentiality by not naming them in your CA Diary.
    5. In the diary entry title field, you are required to state the company or organisation where you worked at the time the experience being recorded was obtained  (Flexible Route students only).
    6. If, during the period being recorded, you were engaged in any audit work/audit training or assurance work, you will be required to provide specific information on these assignments.
    7. You will also be required to record a short summary of how you developed your skills, knowledge and competence during teh period being recorded

    Once all relevant information has been recorded, you can either save the diary entry or submit it to your mentor for review.  

  6. How do I know when I have achieved an adequate level of competence?

    Along with identifying the functional and other competencies you will acquire during your period of professional development the Institute has also identified three levels of proficiency which may be generic to every assignment carried out by you. These levels of proficiency will serve to demonstrate your professional growth during your period under training. You should always indicate the levels of proficiency when recording your experience in the CA Diary. The three levels are Understands Applies and Integrates.

    Set out below is a guidance to the interpretation of each of these levels. In the early stages of your professional development you are likely to perform tasks at the 'understand' level and to graduate to the 'integrates' level as you come towards the end of your training period.

     

    Level One: Understand

    Level Two: Apply

    Level Three: Integrates

    Student can grasp a clear understanding of the task assigned

    Becomes pro-active in managing routine tasks

    Identifies problems and resolves them.

    Can carry out tasks that are established processes.

    Carries out assignment with a lesser degree of supervision.

    Demonstrates an in-depth technical knowledge in defined areas.

    Works under supervision. Can take instruction from seniors/line manager

    Performs as part of a team in planning and executing assignments

    Demonstrates clear managerial/ leadership skills. Demonstrates ability to manage an assignment/project to completion.

    Collects, organises and analyses basic information using established criteria.

    Assumes appropriate additional responsibility

    Generates ideas and is proactive in implementing.

    Communicates verbally, and in writing to an in-house audience.

    Communicates verbally in-house and prepares, for manager, written communication to clients

    Communicates concisely and effectively, verbally and in writing, both in-house and to clients.

    When adding to your diary, please keep these competence levels in mind.

  7. How often should I make diary entries?

    Ideally, on completion of a work activity/ assignment you should reflect and be able to identify the competencies you have developed. Chartered Accountants Ireland recommends that you make your diary entries at the end of every month. Diary entries may be extended in duration and should include all periods of leave, including study leave.

    Flexible Route trainees: As part of the Flexible Route we understand that there may be gaps in periods of experience. If you are unsure if your experience is relevant firstly check the guidelines and then speak to your mentor. The more systematic and organised you are in recording your experience the quicker you can use the CA diary and work with your mentor to lock and review your experience.

  8. When will my diary be reviewed?

    It is intended that the Diary of Professional Development will facilitate the mentor in monitoring the experience gained by the student. It will also be of benefit to the student in that its review will provide regular opportunities for both parties to discuss the progress of the student's professional development during the REQ.

    Your mentor is required to review your CA Diary record, at a minimum, twice annually. This includes reviewing and approving (locking) CA Diary entries and recording a corresponding six-month review. Both parties should agree a timetable of regular contact and review, in order to avoid any accumulation of experience for review.

    The Training Support Unit will also undertake a review of your CA Diary record at the time of applying for membership.

  9. Is there guidance available for mentors to use the CA Diary?

    A number of guides for trainees and mentors are accessible via the CA Diary Resources section. This webpage also includes recorded webinars and links to onscreen tutorials.

  10. Are there sample entries available for Flexible Route students and mentors to read and assist them create entries and lock entries?

    Yes, information on content and sample entries that will assist students to understand the type of information they have to provide and the level of detail needed in the entries can be accessed in the Sample Entries document, which can be accessed through the CA Diary Resources section.

  11. What do I record as statutory audit in my CA Diary?

    For information on how to categorise audit experience, applicable to your diary entry, please see the relevant guidance, including the Guide to Recording Audit Days, which is accessible on the CA Diary Resources section.

    Students qualifying through the Flexible Route will generally not be able to meet the educational requirements for the audit qualification. For further information on these requirements, go to the Audit qualification requirements webpage.

  12. When can I apply for Admission to membership?

    In the Flexible Route Programme you have eight years from the date of your registration to evidence your required Recognised Experience for Qualification (REQ) and pass all of your exams. Once you have all the requirements met you are eligible to apply for associate membership of Chartered Accountants Ireland. You can find more information here.

  13. How many entries do I need?

    There is no set number of entries. What is important is your account for all of your training contract either through entries or in the calendar. A rule of thumb of one a month is sufficient.

  14. How many mentor reviews do I need?

    You are required to have one review every six months. So the length of your contract/training period will dictate the exact number. The system will automatically check that you have a minimum of five six-month reviews, as part of the requirements to avail of a Final Mentor Review.

  15. I cannot find a link to request a Final Mentor Review - why is this?

    Refer to the Trainee User Guide, which explains the criteria that have to be met in order to avail of a Final Mentor Review.

  16. What are the regulations to meet the educational requirements for the audit qualification?

    Please refer to the Audit Qualifications requirements page for details.

  17. How much is the application fee?

    The cost is €174/£118. However, if you were admitted as a member before 1 January 1990 there is a different charge.

  18. Is this fee an annual charge?

    No, it is a one-off fee.

  19. If I was admitted as a member before 1 January 1990, am I deemed to meet the educational requirement for Audit Qualification?

    Yes, as the regulations state, 'a member admitted before 1 January 1990 shall be deemed to meet the required standard. If you wish to received confirmation that you have meet the educational requirement for the Audit Qualification use the query form below to request this. There is a charge of €40 for administration 
  20. Once I have met the educational requirement under the regulations does this mean that I am authorised to practice?

    No, you must get in contact with the Professional Standards Department. The confirmation letter acknowledges that you have met the required educational standards. In order to accept appointments as an auditor you must first apply for and be granted audit registration, as set out in the Institute's Audit Regulations and Guidance 2017. Contact the Professional Standards Department for further details.

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