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How to become a CPA?

  • Complete four stages of examinations - of course exemptions are available to those with appropriate qualifications
  • Complete a minimum of three years relevant supervised training so as to develop the competencies expected of a qualified accountant
  • Prove competency in IT


There are various routes to entry to the CPA qualification and you do not need a business related degree to follow a career in accountancy.

Holders of recognised qualifications (Post grad, Honours Degree, Ordinary Degree. Higher Certificate, Accounting Technician etc.) may be granted various exemptions from the CPA exams.

The CPA programme comprises 15 examinations, made up of a formation level and a professional level, and a fully integrated practical experience requirement. Your entry point into the CPA qualification will be determined by an individual.assessment of your prior education

All exemptions are granted on a subject- by-subject basis to students. A pass mark of 50% must be achieved in the relevant subjects to be eligible for exemptions. Log onto wwwcpaireland.ie for a more detailed guide to exemptions. You should contact the Institute directly to discuss your exemptions before you register as a student.

The Entry Routes Chart above indicates the typical entry level for the various qualification holders. This is only a general guide and variations may occur, depending on the subjects sat, grades achieved, the qualification and the awarding body.


The CPA qualification is based on international financial reporting and auditing standards.

CPAs are qualified to operate in any jurisdiction internationally.


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