Training Contract

Entry Routes

The Training Contract route is a structured programme that combines working and training. Traditionally employers will hire recent college or university graduates. The contract typically lasts 3.5 years. During the period of the contract the Chartered exams are taken and the relevant work experience is acquired in order to qualify.

Business graduates with a 2:2 honours degree or better can expect exemptions from the first year exams. Postgraduates from accredited Masters programmes who may be exempt from all first and second year exams. Non-business graduates. These students are popular with training firms and consistently do very well in Chartered exams. Your starting point is our first year exam, known as CAP1.


Who is a Training Contract suited to?

Business graduates with a 2:2 honours degree or better can expect exemptions from the first year exams.

Postgraduates from accredited Masters programmes who may be exempt from all first and second year exams. Non-business graduates. These students are popular with training firms and consistently do very well in Chartered exams. Your starting point is our first year exam, known as CAP1.


Milkround

The "milkround" is a process that the larger firms go through each autumn when they are recruiting for training positions. Usually the milkround process takes place in colleges and universities around the country, focusing on the graduate classes of degrees in accounting, finance, and other relevant areas.

Interview preparation guide

If you're looking for some help preparing for an interview, we've put together this handy guide around required competencies. The term ‘competency’ can be defined in various ways, so preparing for a competency based model can often be a challenge. Below we have the Interview Building Blocks Tool in two formats for you to download and use to help your organise your experiences.


Training Contract advantages

Qualify faster

On average our students qualify in 3.5 years and have less exams to complete when compared to other accountancy bodies.


Global recognition

Take the qualification with you around the globe with our Mutual Recognition Agreements with Chartered bodies around the world.

Rewarding career prospects

Secure your success with the No.1 accountancy and business qualification in Ireland

0:00 / 0:00

0:00 / 0:00

0:00 / 0:00


How do I start?

Apply directly to accountancy firms that you are interested in working with. Use our Training Vacancies list to see which firms have vacancies.

Due to our unique working relationship with Ireland's top employers, we have a freely available list of training vacancies positions. This is a list of firms and companies with open Chartered Accountancy trainee positions.

If you are interested in a position please contact the organisations directly. While most of the positions are in practice with a Training Contract on offer, there are also some companies in Industry hiring trainees via the Flexible Route.


Blog

Find out more about becoming a Chartered Accountant and hear from current students and members by reading our related blogs.

Was this article helpful?