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Working In Practice

If you’re working in an accountancy practice alongside qualified and trainee Chartered Accountants, you will be interested in getting ahead and taking a professional qualification is a great way to advance your career. As a result of recent changes to our education offering, you can sit Chartered Accountants Ireland exams and qualify as one of Ireland’s leading group of business advisers without leaving your current position.

Working in practice, you’ll be aware that Chartered Accountancy is the premium business qualification, the gold standard in finance and accountancy. Here are some facts to be aware of:

  • As Ireland’s biggest accountancy body, you’ll be joining the largest network of influential financial experts on this island, with over 24,500 members. 3,700 of our members and over 1,100 of our students are based in Northern Ireland.
  • Chartered Accountancy is the dominant qualification in practice in Ireland, but it’s also the leading qualification for business professionals ‐ of our 24,500 members, 65% end up working in business in senior executive positions.
  • International recognition: with Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) with fellow Chartered bodies around the world, you can take your qualification with you around the globe. Chartered Accountants Ireland is the only UK & Ireland based accountancy body to have an MRA with – – AICPA, the number one accountancy designation in the United States.
  • Chartered Accountants are well rewarded – according to the Leinster Society Salary Survey, the average salary for recently qualified Chartered Accountants in Leinster working in practice is €47k. The overall average total salary package of a Chartered Accountant in the Leinster region increased this year by 13% from €89k in 2014 to €100k in 2015.
  • The quickest route to the top of the career ladder – four out of ten of our members are at senior, executive positions in business – CEO, Finance Director, Partner in practice etc.

If most trainees in your practice are studying under a training contract, our new Flexible Route will interest you for the following reasons:

  • The Flexible Route to qualification means that you don’t have to be in a training contract.
  • The Flexible Route means you can tailor your studies and exams and progress at a pace that will suit you. We now offer two exam sittings per year, a flexible payment plan, and a distance learning programme which combines online learning with supportive face-to-face engagement.
  • You’ll find that students of Chartered Accountants Ireland sit fewer exams when compared with other accountancy bodies.
  • If you are an Accounting Technician, you can also benefit from attractive exemptions – if you passed ATI exams from 2009 on, you may be exempt from 3 out of 5 papers in our first year, CAP1 exams. Unlike other accountancy qualifications, there is no charge to confirm these exemptions – it is free. Simply email us at to find out more.
  • Education is not outsourced to third party colleges, meaning the education delivery is kept to the highest standard. This results in better pass rates and quicker completion times for our students.
  • Unique support on the ground – in addition to delivering bespoke education on our own city centre campus, our team of student advisors in Dublin and Belfast are here to respond quickly to your queries. In addition, our student society, CASSI, provides academic and social supports for all students.
  • With over 6,000 students, Chartered Accountants Ireland is the single biggest educator of professional accountancy students in Ireland.

The message for anyone working in a practice environment and planning to upskill is clear – now you can progress to study Chartered Accountancy.
Contact us today!
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T: (ROI) 1890 28 29 28 / (NI) 0845 301 5649