GAA - Global Accounting Alliance

The Global Accounting Alliance represents over 800,000 of the world's leading professional accountants. It has been formed to promote quality professional services, global membership support, share information, and collaborate on important international issues.

The Alliance will work with national regulators, governments and stakeholders, through member-body collaboration, articulation of consensus views, and working in collaboration, where possible, with other international bodies.

See our FAQs below to find out more.
Website: http://www.gaaaccounting.com/

Our members

For Chartered Accountants Ireland members living overseas we have provided a list of contacts for further information of benefits available to members.

Contacts in other GAA Institutes

GAA Institute members resident in Ireland

If you are a member of one of the institutes living in Ireland you can apply to us to avail of these services by contacting Registry and Subscriptions.

Member bodies

Frequently asked questions

  1. Information about Chartered Accountants and Chartered Accountants Ireland:
    1. How can I become a Chartered Accountant?
    2. Is there an accelerated pathway and/or mutual recognition for members of GAA institutes?
    3. What are the membership requirements of Chartered Accountants Ireland?
    4. Can I join Chartered Accountants Ireland if I am not a Chartered Accountant?
  2. GAA passport benefits:
    1. As a member of one of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) institutes, what are the free benefits/services that I can obtain from Chartered Accountants Ireland while I reside in Ireland?
    2. How do I register for these benefits?
  3. Public practice:
    1. Will I be able to use my home designation/license in the Ireland?
    2. What restrictions, if any, are there on the use of my home designation / license?
    3. How can I obtain a public practice license?
    4. How is “public practice” defined in the Ireland?
    5. Are there additional requirements for specialty practitioners such as Insolvency, Tax, Financial Planning and Valuations?
    6. What is required of accountants in industry (i.e. Chartered Accountants not in public practice)?
    7. Is it a requirement to register with Chartered Accountants Ireland?
  4. Work visas:
    1. How do I obtain an Irish work and/or residency visa for myself and/or my spouse and family members?
  5. Resources for job seekers:
    1. What is the overview of the Chartered Accountancy profession Ireland?
    2. What is the economic outlook for the accounting industry?
    3. What resources are available through the institute to help obtain a job in the profession?
  1. Information about Chartered Accountants and Chartered Accountants Ireland:
    1. How can I become a Chartered Accountant?

      The normal route to membership is via our education/examination programme. However we also do have a number of reciprocity agreements that provide access to membership. These agreements are with ICAEW (UK), ICAS (UK), SAICA (South Africa), CICA (Canada), ICAA (Australia), NZICA (New Zealand), HKICPA (Hong Kong), AICPA (USA). See "joining as a reciprocal member".

    2. Is there an accelerated pathway and/or mutual recognition for members of GAA institutes?

      Members of the bodies with mutual reciprocity agreements will typically have direct access to membership in most cases without an examination requirement. Examinations in Irish Law and Tax are required for members of the listed bodies who wish to practice in Ireland. (The Irish Law and Tax requirement does not apply for ICAEW and ICAS members).

    3. What are the membership requirements of Chartered Accountants Ireland?

      The standard membership requirements are the successful completion of our education programme and examinations and the required period of training. The length of training varies between 3 and 4 years depending on education background/entry route. However where someone enters via a reciprocity route the experience achieved prior to admission is accepted as equivalent to our requirements.

    4. Can I join Chartered Accountants Ireland if I am not a Chartered Accountant?

      Membership via a reciprocal route is possible. If you are not a member of one of the listed bodies - membership is not available at this time: thus you will be required to complete the education/exam and experience requirements (with potential exemptions available).

  2. GAA passport benefits:
    1. As a member of one of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) institutes, what are the free benefits/services that I can obtain from Chartered Accountants Ireland while I reside in Ireland?

      Services for members of Chartered Accountants Ireland are listed at http://www.charteredaccountants.ie/Members/Your-Institute/.

    2. How do I register for these benefits?

      Simply visit on our corporate website https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/cpd/ and register to receive our email updates.

  3. Public practice:
    1. Will I be able to use my home designation/license in the Ireland?

      Once the person is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland they then need to obtain a practicing certificate to conduct accountancy activities in UK/Ireland. Refer to the Public Practice Regulations on the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board’s (CARB) website for details: Public Practice Regulations.PDF. The home designation/license is used via the reciprocity agreement to gain access to practice rights in Ireland once membership rights has been achieved via the reciprocity agreement.

    2. What restrictions, if any, are there on the use of my home designation / license?

      Certain reserved areas have strict rules on eligibility audit, investment business, and insolvency for example. Typically you will be using the chartered accountant designation rather than your own “home” designation.

    3. How can I obtain a public practice license?

      Depending on the area of practice and where you are coming from you may be eligible for a public practice license. Please refer to directly to CARB and the Public Practice Regulations. There are several requirements to be met but the specific requirements depend upon the exact circumstances involved.

    4. How is “public practice” defined in the Ireland?

      See CARB’s Public Practice Regulations.

    5. Are there additional requirements for specialty practitioners such as Insolvency, Tax, Financial Planning and Valuations?

      This depends on the specific area of practice in which the member wishes to practice – please contact www.carb.ie for specific information.

    6. What is required of accountants in industry (i.e. Chartered Accountants not in public practice)?

      They are required to comply with the Code of Ethics and the CPD Regulations.

    7. Is it a requirement to register with Chartered Accountants Ireland?

      There is no mandatory requirement to register with Chartered Accountants Ireland. However registering with us will provide you with access to local district societies, professional journal, local CPD and conference supports etc.

  4. Work visas:
    1. How do I obtain an Irish work and/or residency visa for myself and/or my spouse and family members?

      Working visas and residency are not matters which we control. It is suggested you’re your (potential) employer should be able to support you in this process. For additional details please visit https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/.

  5. Resources for job seekers:
    1. What is the overview of the Chartered Accountancy profession Ireland?

      Please see https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/Members/Your-Institute/Careers-and-Recruitment-Service/Careers-Advisory/Articles/Market-Update--Overview/ for the latest market updates on the recruitment market.

    2. What is the economic outlook for the accounting industry?

      Please see https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/Members/Your-Institute/Careers-and-Recruitment-Service/Careers-Advisory/Articles/Market-Update--Overview/ for the latest market updates. Across the globe the last few years have been challenging for the profession. However since 2014 onwards the Irish economy appears to be performing well with higher growth than many other EU states.

    3. What resources are available through the institute to help obtain a job in the profession?

      Services for members are listed at https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/en/Members/Your-Institute/Careers-and-Recruitment-Service/MemberEmployee-Services/. It is suggested you should make contact with our careers and recruitment team to gain impartial advise on the Irish professional accounting job market.

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