Ireland’s biggest accountancy body unveils new student education programme

Jun 26, 2018

Ireland’s leading accountancy body, Chartered Accountants Ireland, today (Tuesday 26 June) announced the launch of a new education programme for its 6,665 students across the island. The new programme seeks to address current market and employer needs, anticipate future skills requirements and puts additional supports in place for its student body.

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The updated Chartered programme will include new final year specialist elective subjects, some for the first time anywhere in the world. Chartered Accountants Ireland is the only accountancy institute is the world to offer this unique blend of elective subjects to its final year students.

The programme will be available to Chartered Accountants Ireland students from October 2018 and represents the largest single reform of the Institute’s education offering in more than a decade. Taken together, the new initiatives will make the Chartered qualification even more attractive for new graduates and experienced professionals alike. 

The updated education programme includes the following significant enhancements and updates: 

  • A new elective subject in financial services, available to final year (FAE) students, offered in partnership with the Institute Of Banking
  • A new FAE elective in finance and accounting in the public sector, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • A new FAE elective, ‘Advisory’ replaces an existing elective and will appeal to students looking to specialise in consultancy
  • New pathways to membership, for example more exemptions from the Institute’s professional exams will be offered to people who have already passed corresponding exams in university or with other bodies

More information on the new FAE education streams >>>

To coincide with this, the Institute has also launched a new, all-island advertising campaign to promote the career opportunities available for Chartered Accountants, new flexible routes to the qualification and the updated education programme. The advertising will run for the course of the summer on radio and digital formats and will be supported by open evening events in Dublin, Cork and Belfast – see for details.

Chartered Accountants Ireland Chief Executive Barry Dempsey commented:

“Chartered Accountancy is Ireland’s premier business qualification, highly sought after by leading employers, and is a secure, attractive profession.

“The new Chartered Accountants Ireland education programme responds to the changing nature of the accountancy and wider business sectors, and sets the profession on a sound footing for the future.

“In planning the new programme, we have listened to and collaborated with a wide range of stakeholders including our network of member firms, employers, other leading accountancy bodies, and our existing students, in order to devise a programme that is best in class.

“For anyone interested in an exciting and challenging career, my message is that Chartered Accountants are in extremely high demand, and the career opportunities on offer are exceptional.  The recent expansion of our entry pathways and flexible routes to the qualification now make it even more accessible for talented and ambitious graduates and professionals to progress in their careers with us.”

Director of Education and Training Ronan O’Loughlin said:

“Education never stands still and our programmes must keep pace with the rapidly changing business environment, new technologies and student expectations.  The new education programme does just that and will ensure that our members, Chartered Accountants, have the right blend of financial and technology skills and training to lead businesses into the future.”


Reference: Bryan Rankin, Marketing Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland:
T: (01) 637 7268

Note to editors:

  1. Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s biggest accountancy body with over 26,500 members based in over 90 countries.
  2. Chartered Accountants Ireland is the biggest single educator of accountants in Ireland and is the sole educator and examiner for students of Chartered Accountancy on this island. Chartered Accountancy students train and generate relevant experience in firms including the ‘Big 4’, mid-tier and small practices as well as businesses of every size and the public sector. The qualification can also be followed independently through the Chartered Accountants Ireland Flexible Route.

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