Fees and subscriptions FAQ

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. Why have the Institute decided to increase the subscription for 2020
  2. Why is the increase for £ members higher than the € rate?
  3. What additional benefits am I getting for this increase?
  4. What is my subscription being spent on?
  5. Why should I remain a member?
  6. How does being a member support my career?
  7. How much should I pay for my membership for 2020?
  8. How do I pay my subscription fees?
  9. What do I do if I have moved location?
  10. What is Chartered Support and why am I being asked to pay it?
  11. When do I need to pay my fees?
  12. What happens if I do not pay my fees?
  13. What do I do if I can’t pay my fees?
  14. What is the rate of subscription for retired members?
  15. What if I am fully economically retired, semi-retired or retired and hold non-executive directorships?
  16. Can I pay my membership subscription in instalments?
  17. How does the Institute support our members seeking employment?
  18. I am going on maternity/paternity leave; can I apply for a reduced subscription?
  19. What do I do if I have paid an incorrect amount?
  20. Can my employer pay my subscription?
  21. Can you amend the address information on renewal notice?
  22. Can you invoice my company directly for my subscription as they pay my fees?
  23. I was only admitted to membership late last year: why am I being invoiced again?
  24. I have forgotten my username/password. How can I log on to my account?
  25. How can I get an invoice/receipt for my subscription?
  26. How do I get an invoice for my employer to re-claim the expense of my annual subscription?
  27. When do I become an FCA?
  28. How do I resign my membership?
  29. What are the CPD requirements for members?
  30. What impact does BIK have on my subscription if my employer is paying on my behalf?
  1. Why have the Institute decided to increase the subscription for 2020?

    This will be the first increase in annual subscriptions since 2008. Following agreement at Council, members subscriptions will increase in order to invest in a number of key areas. These areas include the promotion and protection of the brand, increasing digitalisation capabilities, delivering and enhancing member services and representing members in a wider range of areas.

    In the last decade, Chartered Accountants Ireland’s membership has grown, our student population has thrived, and our profession has played a central role in businesses and society. The new subscription rate will allow us build on this strong base and provide innovative, tailored services to our members as they lead their organisations into the future.

  2. Why is the increase for £ members higher than the € rate?

    There is currently a differential between EUR/GBP exchange rates, this has arisen from a historical EUR/GBP exchange rate movement issue. The proposed new subscription differential (EUR/GB) is being applied to start aligning these rates.

  3. What additional benefits am I getting for this increase?

    As an Institute, we are investing in enhancing the supports available to members to help deal with unprecedented levels of change. Our focus will be on increasing our brand profile, supporting education and professional development requirements, becoming more digitally driven as well as delivering globally and representing our members in a wider range of areas.

  4. What is my subscription being spent on?

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

    This includes:

    Brand & Voice – further developing the brand, voice and profile of the qualification. Enhancing career supports and wider supports for members as you progress through your career.

    Strategy – we are investing in a new strategy (to follow Strategy 2020) to ensure the Institute retains its premier standing in a profession that is being disrupted in a rapidly changing business environment.

    Digital First – digitalising our strategic approach, developing our capability to be agile across all areas of the Institute. Digitising member services like communications, professional development, and Accountancy Ireland. Moving towards a more personalised offering for you our members.

    Infrastructure – critical updates to the technology and building infrastructure for the Institute.

    Continually updating IT systems to ensure enhanced member and student experience.

  5. Why should I remain a member?

    As a member you are part of a network of over 28,000 professionals, many operating at the highest levels of Irish and International business. The Institute helps you as a member to enhance your professional development and provides endless networking opportunities. 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 in order to maintain your membership.

  6. 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 28,000 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.

  7. How much should I pay for my membership for 2020?

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

  8. How do I pay my subscription fees?

    The easiest and quickest way to pay is online through the MyAccount area.

    You can pay direct to the Institute bank account by using electronic transfer. All fees must be paid in the currency that they are invoiced. Please be aware that you will be liable for any bank charges incurred for the transaction. You must ensure that your membership number is transmitted with your payment. Click here for bank details

  9. 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, 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.

  10. What is Chartered Support and why am I being asked to pay it?

    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 Accounting Technicians, and their families, not just during their training and career but for the whole of their lives. As a charity, we rely entirely on the generosity of our members to fund these services. We help members and students with all kinds of challenges, at any stage of their careers. Redundancy, bereavement, depression, illness or family crisis can happen to any one of us, when we least expect it. We are passionate about continuing to expand the support services we provide to everyone who needs them. We need your help to do this. Please visit our website link here to find out more about what we do, and to donate to this invaluable service to members and students in your community.

  11. When do I need to pay my fees?

    You can pay your fees as soon as you have received your renewal notification. You will not be able to pay your fees before your renewal is released. The payment is due on 1 January and the deadline for payment is 30 April 2020.

  12. What happens if I do not pay my fees?

    If you have not renewed your Annual Subscription by 30 April 2020, you will have to pay a late payment charge, and your continued membership will be at risk.

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

    Please contact the registry and subscriptions team as soon as possible if you anticipate any difficulties in paying your subscription fees and we can offer you our guidance and assistance. You may be eligible for a reduced subscription, if so, please contact a member of the team who would be happy to assist you. If you contact us after 31 March, we may not be able to offer the full range of assistance.

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

    Subscription for retired members is free. You will automatically qualify for this rate on 1st 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 2020 threshold. Click here to view our 2020 abatement guidelines.

  16. Can I pay my membership subscription in instalments?

    Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this option. We do have a 3rd Party agreement with Premium Credit which members can avail of to pay their fees. Click here for further details on this option including deadline dates.

    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.

  17. How does the Institute support our members seeking employment?

    The Institute has an in-house dedicated career support service that is available to members free of charge. You can meet 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 wide range of resources available on-line.

    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)

  18. I am going on maternity/paternity leave; can I apply for a reduced subscription?

    Chartered Accountants Ireland offer a reduced subscription which is based on your income, rather than your working status, and will depend on the maternity/paternity package you receive from your employer.

    If you are going on maternity leave you need to ensure that you have access to the email/postal address that we use to communicate with you. If you need to amend these details while on leave you can do so in the MyAccount area of the website. It is your responsibility to ensure that we can notify you if your annual subscription is outstanding.

    If you pay your own subscription and are not reimbursed by your company and your income will be below the threshold for 2020, including the statutory portion of any maternity/paternity pay you receive, you can make an application for a reduced subscription for 2020 up until 31 March 2020.

    Please visit our CPD webpage for further advice and guidance on CPD requirements while on leave. You will need to ensure you have a plan in place to get back up to speed when you return to work.

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

    If you think you have paid the wrong amount for 2020, 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.

  20. 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.

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

    We can only amend the address information on your renewal notice. Once your payment has been made and an invoice has been created, we will be unable to make any adjustments.

    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@charteredaccountants.ie to request an amended renewal notice Please note that you are responsible for renewing your membership by the due date and not your employer.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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 receipt you will get this in the order history tab on your MyAccount.

  26. 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.

  27. When do I become an FCA?

    You automatically become an FCA on 1 January following 10 years of membership. The institute host an FCA Conferring Ceremony in Dublin in spring each year. Eligible members will receive an invitation by email.

  28. How do I resign my membership?

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

    If you wish to resign from membership, we will ask you to contact a member of the registry team to discuss your decision with us and to see what other options might be available to you.

    Please note that any member whose notice of resignation is not received prior to the first day of February in any year shall remain liable for any fee of subscription in respect of that year.

  29. What are the CPD requirements for members?

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

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

    Please read this article for advice on the impact of BIK on annual subscription.

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