Institute to suspend face-to-face lectures for remainder of 2019/2020 academic programme, CAP1 & CAP2 main exams re-scheduled

Mar 23, 2020

Chartered Accountants Ireland is continuing to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation.  The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and lecturers is our primary concern and forms the basis of our decision-making process.  Communications have issued today (Monday 23 March 2020) to all students and training firms The notice to students and to training firms is summarised as follows, but impacted students should consult the Institute’s communication in detail.

Face-to-face lectures postponed

Following consultations with member firms and student representatives, Chartered Accountants Ireland has announced that it has suspended all face-to-face classes for the remainder of the 2019/2020 education programme.  Students are being directed to existing pre-recorded sessions available on the Institute website.   A number of additional recorded sessions and webinars will be made available to students over the remainder of the programme.  FAE integrated case days will be offered by way of remote learning through a combination of videos and webinars.

Examinations

Chartered Accountants Ireland’s exam dates for the 2019/20 academic cycle are being rescheduled due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. These exam date changes are as follows.

Mock exams: there is no change to our CAP1 Mocks which are offered on a self-directed basis.  Chartered Accountants Ireland will not run physical mock examinations for CAP2 or FAE.  All CAP2 and FAE students will be provided with mock exam papers through the student portal and asked to complete the exam at home.  Mock scripts for CAP1, CAP2 and FAE will not be marked but tutorial sessions reviewing mocks will be provided. 

Main exams: The CAP1 main exams originally scheduled for May will now be held on the week commencing 31 August 2020.  The same exam timetable will apply as scheduled for the May exam. The CAP2 main exams that were to be held in June will now be held on the week commencing 10 August 2020.  The same exam timetable will apply in August as planned for the June exam. The FAE main exams will still be held on the week commencing 17 August 2020 as originally planned.  

No date has been finalised as yet as to when CAP1/CAP2 Re-sit exams will take place.  The FAE Re-sit exams will still take place as scheduled for the week commencing 4 January 2021. 

Study leave: It has been agreed that for students operating within a training contract the available study leave will be split between a period in line with the original planned study leave, and a period prior to the examinations.  This split is designed to balance the needs of students and employers in a fair way.  The quantum of study leave does not change.  The exact timing and split of the study leave should be discussed with employers.  

Commencement of the 2020/21 education programme: No date has been finalised as yet as to when the 2020-21 education programme will take place. Enrolment closing dates will be notified once finalised. 

Education contacts:

Lecture queries: Please do contact us with any queries you might have, preferably by email, as we are working remotely in the main.  CAP1@charteredaccountants.ie / CAP2@charteredaccountants.ie / FAE@charteredaccountants.ie / Studentqueries@charteredaccountants.ie

Exams:  CAP1Exam@charteredaccountants.ie / CAP2Exam@charteredaccountants.ie / FAEExam@charteredaccountants.ie. 

Chartered Accountants Ireland professional development programmes

All participants on classroom sessions of Specialist Qualifications have been contacted and are now being facilitated online.  All scheduled assessments for these programmes will be conducted online.  The situation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with HSE and Department of Health guidance. Participants on any of these programmes who need assistance should contact diplomas@charteredaccountants.ie

Finally, as noted at the start of this message the Institute’s primary concern is for the safety of its students, members, lecturers, staff and all other partners.