Information for employers


Your business deserves the best

Many Irish business people aren't aware that they can train Chartered Accountants in their business and benefit from direct access to Ireland’s premier accountancy qualification.

Chartered Accountants Ireland now offers a dedicated training programme, tailored for the specific challenges of training in a business environment.

The Flexible Route also provides an ideal opportunity for internal development, succession planning and makes your organisation more attractive to top calibre candidates. And with flexible training options, Chartered Accountancy is now more accessible than ever.

The Flexible Route

The Flexible Route allows your staff train without a training contract, and enjoy flexibility around their studies and work experience. This programme works on the same basis as any other business qualification your staff may choose, meaning you can get involved in the professional development as much as you want, without being bound to the formality of a training contract. It allows you to keep key personnel, while still allowing them to train and develop their knowledge, and extend their competencies with Ireland's leading accountancy qualification.


Why change your career?

Study leave

There is no ‘block study leave’ for the Flexible Route students. Rather, Chartered Accountants Ireland encourages training organisations to agree a study leave policy with their students that suits the organisation’s needs. Study leave is not obligatory.

Audit experience

Companies in Industry rarely offer pure auditing or taxation experience. We recognise this point, so The Flexible Route students are not required to have audit experience as a core competency. Any student wishing to train as an auditor after qualifying can do so through established courses.


Mentors review the trainee’s Chartered Accountant diary every 6 months and sign off on the reviews. Mentors can be members of any IFAC recognised body.


Your staff can study and train at a pace that suits your business needs with our Flexible Route.

More information

For more information on how the Flexible Route can benefit your organisation, please contact:

Robert Crosbie
Client Relationship Manager
T: +353 1 637 7345

Sinead Fox-Hamilton
Client Relationship Manager
T: +353 1 637 3969

Have a query?

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

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