For a number of years, our specialist qualifications exams are available through online invigilation.
Candidates can read the online invigilation protocols below.

The programme is assessed through a mix of home assignments and final exam. Distance participants will undertake the same exam and assignments and follow the same timetable for these as the classroom version of the programme.

You will usually have four weeks to complete each assignment.

Continuous assessment: practical home assignments support learning, reinforcing and confirming your progress.

  • 50%: two assignments to be completed at home (released after modules two and four)
    • Assignment one: 25%
    • Assignment two: 25%
  • 50%: final exam (open book, two hour written exam of which the first 30 minutes is reading time).

Participants must pass all assignments in order to be eligible to sit the final exam. Further, participants must achieve 50% or above in the final exam to be eligible for the award of the Diploma. The pass mark is set at 50% with distinction achieved at 70%.

Pass mark and award:

Participants must achieve 50% or above in the final exam to be eligible for the award of the diploma.

Members of Chartered Accountants Ireland will be awarded a Diploma in Corporate Finance from Chartered Accountants Ireland under the ‘1966 ICAI Charter Amendment Act’

Other professionals will be awarded a Diploma in Corporate Finance by our training subsidiary Chartered Accountants Ireland Executive Education DAC.

Industry recognition

All our programmes are designed with the aim of delivering the ‘must have’ practical skills required to excel in that field.  Programmes are developed in consultation with the key stakeholders shaping accountancy and finance today in industry, practice (from 'big 4' to small practitioners) and regulators such as Revenue and the IASB. 

Our awards

Chartered Accountants Ireland is one of a small number of professional bodies with statutory awarding powers under Irish and UK law conferring the power to make awards including diplomas and certificates.  Our programmes are designed to meet a special purpose and continue at roughly a Masters level, expanding knowledge in a specific field.  Awards are made depending on the programme and the participant background by either Chartered Accountants Ireland or our Executive Education subsidiary.

Global reach

Increasingly our programmes are being undertaken by professionals working around the world including members of Chartered Accountants Ireland based overseas.  Our Diploma in IFRS is offered by ICAS in Scotland to their members and has also been offered by ICAEW to their members in the recent past.  As active members of international networks including Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance (which includes ICAWE, AICPA, IDW and JICPA, we welcome our international colleagues on our programmes.