There is no exam for this programme.
Participants will complete a number of home assignments and a final presentation.
These assignments will simulate typical pieces of work conducted by finance business partners, requiring participants to demonstrate their technical competence and capability to use core business skills such as influencing and stakeholder management.

You will also be required to complete brief reflections on modules dealing with communicating, influencing and presenting. Here you will be asked to show how your thought process has developed and how your approach will change as a result.

The final assessment will comprise a practical assignment, ideally with relevance and applicability to the participant's own professional environment, delivering ‘real world’ insights and benefits to them and their organisation. The assignment will involve showcasing the full range of finance business partner skills including analytical, commercial awareness, influencing and presentation skills.

This will involve the submission of a written assignment and the delivery of a 10-minute presentation, delivered in person or virtually, based on the contents of the report to a panel of examiners, followed by a short questions and answers session.

Assessment type Number of activities When Marks
Home assignment 1 Module three 30%
Learning log 3 Modules two, three and four 10%
Final written assignment 1 40%
Final presentation on assignment 1 After module six 20%

Pass mark is set at 50% with distinction achieved at 70%.

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

Other professionals will be awarded a Diploma by our training subsidiary Chartered Accountants Ireland Executive Education Ltd.

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 the "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. For example, 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.