1,600 new Chartered Accountants admitted to profession in virtual ceremony

Mar 30, 2021

New members first in Institute’s 130-year history to sit final exams remotely due to pandemic     

Over 15,000 individual exams taken on the Institute’s online assessment platform in last year

Members admitted from every county on the island of Ireland

30 March 2021 - 1,600 newly qualified chartered accountants have been admitted to membership of Chartered Accountants Ireland in a virtual ceremony, a first in the Institute’s 130-year history. The Institute is the largest professional accounting body on the island of Ireland, with almost 30,000 members, 5,000 of these spread all around the world.

The newly admitted members are the first cohort of students to have sat their Final Admitting Exams (FAEs) entirely online, in a year in which all aspects of life were adapted in response to COVID-19. Chartered Accountants Ireland’s education delivery across its entire 7,000-strong student body at first year (CAP1), second year (CAP2) and final year (FAE) levels was immediately moved online in March 2020.

Commenting, president of Chartered Accountants Ireland Paul Henry said

“I want to congratulate students on their admission to membership. In response to the pandemic, the Institute moved almost overnight to entirely online education delivery last March, building on an already existing hybrid model of in-person and virtual instruction.

“While maintaining continuity in education, we were equally determined from the outset that the challenges of the pandemic were not going to unduly delay examinations and the onward progression of our students, particularly final year students seeking to progress their careers.”

From the early days of the pandemic, Chartered Accountants Ireland worked to expedite the development of an e-assessment platform, with remote invigilation, to ensure that examinations at all levels could go ahead in accordance with public health measures.

The 2020/2021 academic year saw over 15,000 individual exams taken on the Institute’s online assessment platform. The overall grade achievements were similar to previous years and reflect students’ efforts in a very challenging environment.

Mr Henry continued

“It is a testament to students’ own dedication and resilience that they so quickly and competently adapt to an entirely new way of working. Exams are a challenge at the best of times but coupled with the uncertainty and stresses of the pandemic, we are particularly proud of their achievement and admission to the profession.”

New members have been admitted to Chartered Accountants Ireland from every county on the island. Please find below a breakdown of new members by county.

Home county

Number of new members

Antrim

133

Armagh

15

Carlow

10

Cavan

9

Clare

34

Cork

134

Donegal

18

Down

70

Dublin

471

Fermanagh

9

Galway

66

Kerry

31

Kildare

47

Kilkenny

19

Laois

12

Leitrim

5

Limerick

58

Londonderry

20

Longford

7

Louth

19

Mayo

31

Meath

48

Monaghan

13

Offaly

3

Roscommon

9

Sligo

15

Tipperary

34

Tyrone

43

Waterford

25

Westmeath

24

Wexford

19

Wicklow

35

 

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