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Exemptions – TOP 10 FAQ’s


If you are planning to study with Chartered Accountants Ireland this year, you can check what exemptions you’re entitled to, and once this is confirmed, you can enrol on the course. All degree holders can start with us, and exemptions are generally awarded for Honours degrees in accountancy, finance, business, law, commerce, tax, and so on. If you aren’t expecting any exemptions, you’ll still need to confirm your starting point via the online application process, and provide supporting documentation that proves you are a degree holder, or have completed some ATI exams.

To officially have your exemptions confirmed, there’s a short application process to complete online. You simply create an account on our website, select your course (where applicable), print off your application, and post it to us with your original transcripts (and any other supporting documents). The good news is, this is all done free of charge with no commitment necessary.

We strongly recommend you clear your exemptions with us as soon as possible as the process can take time to secure transcripts & complete the application process. Exemptions can be checked any time from now to 1st September.

How do I apply for exemptions?

There are a number of business and accounting degree programmes that have been formally accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for exemptions. If you have completed one of the accredited degree programmes, you can apply for exemptions by completing the online application form, which needs to be printed and posted in with your original transcripts of results for each year of study. We strongly advise submitting your documents straight away if you are actively considering to study with us this year.

My university/college and/or degree programme is not on the list. Can I still apply for exemptions?

Yes. If you are studying at a university (in Ireland or overseas) or for a programme that has not been accredited, you may still be eligible to claim exemptions depending on your degree (2.ii honours or better) and the modules passed. To make an application for exemptions please submit an online application and post in: 1. Original transcripts of results for each year of study. 2. Module descriptors for each relevant module. 3. Sample examination papers for each relevant module.

I have completed the Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification. Can I claim exemptions?

Yes. Accounting Technicians graduates may be eligible to apply for exemption from 3 out of 5 papers in the CAP1 (first year) exams – Financial Accounting, Taxation and Law for Accountants. To make an application for exemptions, please make an application online and send in your examination results from the ATI 1st and 2nd years.

My transcripts will not be available before the exemption application closing date. Can I still apply for exemptions?

Yes. A provision is made for students who sit college exams in the autumn. Such applicants should hold off submitting any documentation until they receive their final transcript of results. When you have received your final transcripts please apply online and submit your original transcripts of results for each year of study.

I have a non-business degree / my previous study doesn’t entitle me to any exemptions. Can I still apply?

Yes. Graduates from many different backgrounds study with Chartered Accountants Ireland and perform well in exams and go on to successful careers. To apply to join the CAP 1 (first year) programme, simply set up an account online and submit an application for a place on the course. We’ll need to see some original documentation to prove you are a degree holder, which is the minimum requirement for entry. You should post this original document to us when you make your application online.

Where do I send in my documents? How much does it cost?

There is no fee to check your exemptions, or to apply for a place. Please post your completed documents to: Admissions Unit, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chartered Accountants House, 47 – 49 Pearse St, Dublin 2. Please note we can only accept hard copy original transcripts – we don’t accept photo copies or emailed documents.

When should I know what exemptions I have been awarded?

Students will receive a notification by email within a few days of making their application. It may take longer if the submitted application is not complete, or if the degree is non-accredited. You’ll also be able to check the progress of your application on the website.

How do I get my Chartered Accountants Ireland student number?

Your individual student number will be detailed when you create your online application. You should quote this number on all subsequent correspondence with Chartered Accountants Ireland.

What are external examinations?

It is possible for students who are in their graduating year in university to take some or all of the CAP1 exams as an external candidate prior to formally registering with Chartered Accountants Ireland. Students who successfully pass an external exam will be exempted from further examinations in the subject. If you need further information please get in touch.

Who can I talk to?

If you have any queries regarding the exemptions process submit your details below and we will get in touch with you.