Chartered Accountants often occupy leadership positions in top Irish companies. It’s a common misconception that Chartered training is all about getting a contract in an accountancy practice. In fact, over 1,000 of our Chartered students are now training in business, financial services, public sector and retail – almost every sector is represented. Whether you’re already in employment or looking at a graduate entry programme in business, you can join us through our Flexible Route.
Most people working in business and looking for an outstanding qualification will choose our Flexible Route.
Our Flexible Route is designed with you in mind. It means you can stay in your job, study on your own terms and generate the relevant accountancy experience now or further down the line. If you’re not working in a finance role right now, that’s fine. You can begin your studies with us and use the Chartered Accountancy qualification as a stepping stone in your career.
The track record of our students shows that as soon as you start studying with us, employers will notice you. Once you’ve generated and recorded your relevant accountancy experience, you’ll have exactly the same qualification as someone in a training contract. You’ll take the same subjects, sit the same exams but critically, the education and experience elements do not have to run concurrently.
Who is the Flexible Route suited to?
If you have been working for less than four years, the only stipulation is that you generate at least one year of relevant accountancy experience before sitting your final exams (FAE).
Benefits of the Flexible Route
- No training contract required (you can however transfer into a contract at any stage)
- Flexibility: you can sit two subjects at a time up to and including the CA Proficiency 2 (CAP2) exams
- Modular education: you can take all the year’s exams together, or alternatively, spread them out over different sittings, even consecutive years
- Experience requirements: trainees in the Flexible Option are required to obtain the same amount of relevant experience that applies to every student: three years for accredited masters or postgraduate students, three-and-a-half years for graduates, four years for Accounting Technicians
- Recognition of prior work experience: prior professional work experience can be recognised to reduce the stipulated experience requirements, up to a maximum of 18 months. See more on work experience
- Time to complete: with the Flexible Option, you have a period of eight years to complete your studies and gain the requisite relevant experience to qualify
- Audit or tax not compulsory: if you wish to become audit certified at a later stage, you must fulfill the requirements at that point
- Mentors: your mentor can be any recognised qualified accountant
Training contracts aren’t just offered by accountancy practices. The number of businesses and public sector bodies offering training contract places is growing rapidly. The training contract offered in business is very similar to that offered in practice with the added advantage that your training will give you experience relevant to an industry of your choice. You won’t be required to get audit or tax experience, and the amount of study leave given will be determined by your employer.