Fees and subscriptions FAQ

Do you have a question about the fees and subscription process? Below are the answers to the questions we get asked the most about paying your annual fees and subscriptions.

  1. What is my subscription being spent on?

    The Institute is currently undergoing a programme of transformational change to ensure it is better equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

    First and foremost, this means supporting you through immediate challenges such as COVID-19 and Brexit – by providing information, skills and services you need at this time. This year, we rapidly moved all our services, including education and exams, online. In 2021, we will build on this under our new ‘Strategy24’ which aims to connect, empower and evolve the Institute for all our members and students.

    Strategy24 was devised with extensive consultation with members and has six priorities:  

    • Redesigning the member experience
    • Amplifying our voice
    • Educating members career-long
    • Building trust
    • Elevating the brand
    • Being a high-performance organisation (which includes digital transformation)
  2. What are the benefits of membership for me?

    As a member you benefit from the many services that the Institute has to offer. With many our services now online, there is an increasingly-wide range of benefits wherever you are in the world. These include access to your local district societies, webinars, career supports, member content and supports, and much more.

  3. Why should I remain a member?

    There has never been a more important time to be a part of the Chartered network of over 29,000 professionals, many operating at the highest levels of Irish and international business. Your designation is increasingly important as you assist your clients or organisation to overcome new business challenges. Your qualification is recognised worldwide, and employers contact us on a regular basis to look for member verification.

    You have worked hard for your qualification and your continued support is invaluable to us. We are happy to discuss all options with you to help maintain your membership.

  4. Can I put my membership on hold?

    Your subscription must be paid each year to remain a member therefore it is not possible to put your membership on hold, however we do have a range of supports for members to assist them with making payment. For more information contact the registry & subscriptions team.

  5. How does being a member support my career?

    As an Institute, our aim is to support your career by providing a qualification and brand that opens doors for you and connects you with a network of over 29,000 Chartered Accountants in Ireland and globally. We provide relevant supports at each stage of your career including career coaching and mentoring, on-line career resources, professional development support and guidance as well as access to a wide range of job opportunities via our recruitment service and unique member connections.

  6. How much should I pay for my membership for 2021?

    Your Renewal Notice, which will be available online in the MyAccount part of the website in December, will tell you what rate you are on and how much you need to pay. Due to the public health crisis, Council has decided that the increase to 2021 subscriptions that was agreed in 2019, will be postponed, and fees will be held at 2020 levels.

  7. How do I pay my subscription fees

    A copy of your renewal notice is available in your MyAccount area of the website

  8. What do I do if I have moved location

    If you move location up to and including the end of April in the year of billing (2021), the overseas rate is available to you. To avail of this rate, you must be living/working outside Ireland/UK and have updated your overseas firm/home address on the MyAccount area of the website.

    Once you have updated your details, your invoice will be amended to the overseas rate within two working days. Please note that billing is based first on firm location, so you must update both home and business details. Similarly, if you are moving back to UK/Ireland from overseas you will need to update your details on MyAccount as above.

  9. What is Chartered Support and why am I being asked to pay this?

    CA Support is a registered charity that exists solely for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and financial support to any member or student of Chartered Accountants Ireland, and their family, not just during their training and career but for the whole of their lives.  The charity helps people who face unexpected personal and professional challenges. As a result of the pandemic, this year more members and students than ever have required assistance. Some have lost their jobs and their livelihoods, some are dealing with a bereavement or chronically ill family member, while others face severe mental/physical health challenges.

    As a charity, your donation is the lifeblood of all the support CA Support provides, and we rely entirely on the generosity of our members to fund our services. Please visit our CA Support page to find out more about what CA Support does, and to donate to this invaluable service to members and students in your community.

  10. When do I need to pay my fees

    You can pay your fees as soon as you have received your renewal notification which you will receive online. You will not be able to pay your fees before you receive your renewal. The fee is payable from 1 January and the deadline for payment is 30 April 2021.

  11. What happens if I don't pay my fees?

    If you have not renewed your Annual Subscription by 30 April 2021, you will have to pay a late payment charge, and your continued membership will be at risk and can result in cessation of membership. You do have the option to resign your membership if you no longer wish to remain a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland. For more information on this contact registry & subscriptions.

  12. What do I do if I can’t pay my fees?

    We are very conscious that this has been a very difficult time for some members. We encourage you to please contact the registry and subscriptions team as soon as possible if you anticipate any difficulties in paying your subscription fees – we are here to help. You may be eligible for a reduced subscription. and we will be happy to tell you more about this. If you contact us after 31 March, we may not be able to offer the full range of assistance.

  13. Can I pay my membership subscription in instalments?

    Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this option. If you are in a situation where you are struggling to make the payment, we are open to discussing this with you on a case-by-case basis We do have a 3rd Party agreement with Premium Credit which members can avail of to pay their fees. For further details on this option click here.

    Or alternatively contact Stephen Molloy

    If you are having financial difficulties or need further support, please contact us as early as possible so we can talk you through your membership subscription rate and other support options available.

  14. What is the rate of subscription for retired members?

    Subscription for retired members is free. You will automatically qualify for this rate on 1 January following 40 years of membership.

  15. What if I am fully economically retired, semi-retired or retired and hold non-executive directorships?

    You can apply for a reduction in your fees if your income from all sources is below the 2021 threshold. Click here to view our 2021 abatement guidelines.

  16. How does the Institute support members seeking employment?

    The Institute has an in-house dedicated career support service that is available to members free of charge. You can arrange a consultation with one of our career coaching and recruitment professionals who will provide you with expert advice in relation to your career and job search including CV and interview preparation. We also have a wide range of resources available online.

    Members who are in between roles and are actively seeking a new role may also be eligible to avail of up to 20 hours free CPD. (Subject to terms and conditions)

  17. What do I do if I have paid an incorrect amount?

    If you think you have paid the wrong amount for 2021, please contact registry & subscriptions as soon as possible as we may be able to arrange a refund or provide you with the opportunity to address an underpayment/overpayment. We cannot adjust payments made for previous subscription years.

  18. Can my employer pay my subscription?

    Yes, your employer can make a payment by credit transfer. Bank details are on your invoice and please ensure they reference your membership number and name clearly. Alternatively, we would suggest making the payment yourself and expensing it back from your employer.

  19. Can you invoice my company directly for my subscription as they pay my fees?

    The annual subscription is the liability of the member therefore we do not invoice companies on behalf of members; however, a copy of your invoice is available to download in the MyAccount area of our website.

  20. Can you amend the address information on renewal notice?

    We can only amend the address information on your renewal notice. Should you require an amended renewal notice to include your employer’s address details after the renewal notice issues, please update your employer details on My Account and then contact Registry to request an amended renewal notice. Please note that you are responsible for renewing your membership by the due date and not your employer.

  21. I was only admitted to membership late last year: why am I being invoiced again?

    Admission to membership fees paid in a given year cover you up to the end of that year: you should then expect to be invoiced in December for the following year’s annual subscription to maintain your membership.

  22. I have forgotten my username/password. How can I log on to my account?

    If you have forgotten your username/password, click on the ‘User ID or Password’ link below the login fields. Your new user ID/password will be emailed to you shortly. Any queries regarding accessing 'MyAccount' should be emailed to webmaster@charteredaccountants.ie.

  23. How can I get an invoice/receipt for my subscription?

    The Institute does not issue invoices as you have the option to renew or to cease your membership. Your renewal notice is available to print and pay in your MyAccount area. When you make a payment online, you will receive an email confirmation of payment. If you need a formal receipt you will get this in the order history tab on your MyAccount.

  24. How do I get an invoice for my employer to re-claim the expense of my annual subscription?

    We do not issue invoices, but you can give your employer a copy of your renewal notice which you can print online in your MyAccount.

  25. When do I become an FCA?

    You automatically become an FCA on 1 January following 10 full years of membership.

  26. What are the CPD requirements for members?

    Please visit our CPD page for further advice and guidance on CPD requirements for members.

  27. What impact does BIK have on my subscription if my employer is paying on my behalf?

    For advice on the impact of BIK on annual subscriptions please read this article.

  28. Who can I talk to?

    Contact the team on registry@charteredaccountants.ie or call 01 523 3913.

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