Overseas members

The Institute supports members both at home and abroad. This page highlights the more commonly sought after service by our members overseas.

Working abroad

Chartered Accountants Ireland has reciprocity agreements with a number of other Institutes that allow Chartered Accountants Ireland members apply for dual membership of those bodies and allows their members apply to Chartered Accountants Ireland for dual membership.

Chartered Accountants Ireland is a member of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA). One of the key objectives of the GAA is to provide local support to members wherever they are in the world. In order to achieve this, GAA Institutes have agreed to provide specific local support and services to all members of GAA Institutes who are living and working in their territory.

Chartered Accountants Ireland is a founding member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) We are committed to connecting and supporting members wherever they work and creating greater mobility and opportunities globally for those seeking to become or develop as chartered accountants and those looking to train or employ them

Local Networking

Your Institute supports members overseas through local networks:
Chartered Accountants Ireland London Society, Chartered Accountants Ireland Australia Society, with chapters in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne

Professional Accountants in Europe

Professional Accountants in Europe in France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and others.


The Institute is a leading member of the Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States, representing members of all Chartered bodies in the US.

Export Start Guide

Export Start Guide is a joint initiative developed by Invest Northern Ireland, Chartered Accountants Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to help businesses to export.

Electronic Publications

Six free e-newsletters bringing the Institute closer to those based overseas. For example, Chartered Accountants News issues every Friday with news on what’s happening in the profession.

Social Networking

Keep in touch with your Institute via our regular Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook activity.

Member services

The Institute also provides an impressive range of commercial services to members at heavily discounted rates.

Professional development

We have a wide range of online courses. These courses are ideally suited to support members achieve their CPD requirements and are accessible from anywhere. We also offer a range of specialist qualifications – ideal to help you progress on your career path and many of which have a distance option available.

The role of the profession in tackling the global goals for sustainable development

May 25, 2017

Irish Chartered Accountants discussed the role of the profession in supporting the UN Global Goals in London this week, as part of a Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) event. 

Welcoming participants to the debate, Institute CEO and CAW Chairman Pat Costello gave an overview of the work that CAW does bringing together the 11 leading Chartered bodies from around the world.

In 2015 the 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This included 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development with   the principle that no one will be left behind. 

The Goals were developed over two years by an open working group, with representatives from over 70 countries. The consultation on the Goals was the largest to date in the UN’s history and reached over 8 million individuals. The vision the Goals paint of the world we want by 2030 is hugely ambitious and very different from the world we know today. 

The Event

Michael Izza ICAEW, CEO addressed the group on the goals and highlighted how they are the vision of what the world wants by 2030. The goals are framed by values of fairness, justice and inclusivity. The vision is one of economic prosperity, which speaks to ICAEW's vision of a world of strong economies.

Richard Spencer and Francesca Sharp of ICAEW’s sustainability team facilitated the session and introduced the UN Global Goals and why they matter for the accountancy profession.

The audience of over 80 Chartered Accountants were split into groups of 8 and each group  was asked to discuss which of the Goals they found most related to them personally and then the accountancy profession, followed by a discussion on how they are all connected.

Some tables focused on economic growth, while others felt quality education should be the focus for the profession.

The key takeaway question was “How can we as CAW reach more accountants and therefore more businesses to start embedding the Goals?”

Photos of the event are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/charteredww/albums/72157682301718530

So what’s the role for the accountancy profession?

The profession has a history of coming together to serve the public interest by creating public goods in the form of common bases of measurement, reporting and assurance.

As countries measure progress on the goals statistically, and business measures progress using accounting tools, the accountancy profession will have a substantial role in aligning these systems of measurement.

Understanding the Goals’ interconnectivity and measuring progress will require huge amounts of data which will need to be trusted. The profession is at the forefront of applying new technology in information gathering, processing and assuring.

Strong local institutions, including those that make up the accountancy profession will be essential to achieve the goals.

Find out more information at: http://charteredaccountantsworldwide.com/globalgoals/ 

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