Apply for exemptions and apply for eligibility

Checking your starting point is one of the most important steps you can take when it comes to deciding to study Chartered Accountancy. If you think you are in line for exemptions, you can first check this using our handy online exemptions guide. When you're ready, you can start our free exemptions application process using the button below.

You should also choose this step if you are not expecting any exemptions, and would like to apply to start our course at the foundation level.

About our exemptions process

Accredited degree programmes

Several degree courses in Ireland are what we call "accredited". This means that they are approved by Chartered Accountants Ireland for exemptions, usually from all of the "CAP 1" exams (this is dependent on the degree). With an accredited degree, students applying for exam exemptions need only post in their original transcript of exam results. Students must have achieved at least a 2.2 grade and have passed these subjects without compensation and have taken the relevant options in the degree programmes.

The following is the current list of approved, accredited degree programmes.

College/University Degree Programme

Accounting Technicans Ireland 

Second Year Examination

Athlone Institute of Technology

BA in Accounting

Blanchardstown Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting and Finance

Carlow Institute of Technology

BA Accounting

Cork Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Business Studies

Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) Accounting 2017

Dublin Business School

BA Accounting & Finance(HETAC)

Dublin City University

BA Accounting & Finance

Bachelor of Business Studies (Finance)

Professional Diploma in Accounting

Dublin Institute of Technology - Aungier Street

BSc Accounting & Finance

BSc Business & Management

Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Dundalk Intitute of Technology

BA Accounting & Finance

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Business (Honours) Accounting (Castlebar)

BA Accounting & Finance (Castlebar)

Bachelor of Business (Honours) Accounting (Galway)

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

Institute of Public Administration

Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting)

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting)

Limerick Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Business Studies in Accounting & Finance

Bachelor of Business Studies in Law & Tax

LIT Tipperary   

BA Accounting & Finance

National College of Ireland

BA Accounting & Human Resource Management

BA (Hons) Accounting

NUI Galway

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)(from 2011)

Bachelor of Commerce (part-time)

Maynooth University

BA Finance

BA Finance & Accounting

BBS Business & Accounting

HDip in Professional Accounting

Queens University Belfast

BSc in Accounting

BSc in Accounting & Information Systems (final cohort 2011)

LLB Law and Accounting (final cohort 2011)

BSc in Economics & Accounting

BSc Language & Accounting

Institute of Technology Sligo

BBS (Accounting)

BA (Hons) Accounting

Institute of Technology Tallaght

Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) 

Institute of Technology Tralee

Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting)

Trinity College Dublin

Bachelor of Business Studies

Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting

University College Dublin

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies

University College Cork

BSc Accounting (4 Year degree)

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Commerce International

BSc Finance

BSc Business Information Systems

MSc Management Information & Managerial Accounting Systems

HDip in Accounting & Corporate Finance

University of Dundee

Bachelor of Accountancy

University of Limerick

BA Law & Accounting

Bachelor of Business Studies

Professional Diploma in Accounting (Part Time)

University of Ulster

BSc Accounting (Jordanstown)

BSc Accounting and Law (Jordanstown)

BSc Business Studies (Magee)

BSc Accounting & Managerial Finance (Magee)

Graduate Diploma in Accounting (Jordanstown)

Waterford Institute of Technology

BBS Accounting

BA (Hons) Accounting

BA (Hons) Finance & Investment

HDip in Business in Accounting

Other Degree Programmes

The awarding of exemptions isn't restricted to accredited degrees only - other programmes from recognised 3rd level education providers can give students exemptions. Usually these programmes will give partial CAP 1 exemptions, but there are often exceptions.

If you have completed a non-accredited degree, the application process is the same as with accredited; we'll just need a little more information from you. As well as your transcripts of results for each year of study, you'll need to send in your course module descriptors and examples of exam papers. We accept applications from programmes overseas, and all documents sent to us must be translated into English by a certified service. Please note, applicants for our programe must reside on the island of Ireland.  

Post Graduate Programmes

We have also accredited a number of post-graduate masters programmes for exemptions from our CAP 1 and CAP 2 exams. Please click the button below for more details.

Programme Accreditation Exemptions Overview

Details of the exemptions accreditation process for third level institutions is available below.
Exemptions are subject to a time limit of ten years from undergraduate qualification.

Have a query?

If you have a query, please refer to our support & services page and contact the relevant department with your query.

Was this article helpful?