Each year, a significant number of Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) members decide to continue their career progression by studying with Chartered Accountants Ireland.
On this page, we cover some key facts for Accounting Technicians.
Congrats to Lucy who recently qualified as a Chartered Accountant via ATI. In this video, recorded when she was finishing her studies, Lucy talks about her journey from Accounting Technicians to Chartered Accountancy.
Accounting Technicians benefit from Exemptions
Accounting Technicians who completed their exams from 2009 onwards may be exempt from 3 out of 5 papers of our first year, CAP1, exams – Financial Accounting, Taxation and Law for Accountants
Accounting Technicians who completed their exams before 2009 may be exempt from 2 out of 5 papers in our first year, CAP1, exams – Taxation and Law for Accountants
The remaining CAP1 subjects, Management Accounting and Finance, build on the Accounting Technicians Ireland curriculum
There is no charge to confirm and register these exemptions – it is free to do. Simply email us to find out more
These exemptions apply to people who have satisfactorily passed the Accounting Technicians Ireland exams – you do not need to have gained your professional experience
Exemptions are subject to a time limit of ten years from undergraduate/accounting technician qualification.
Chartered Accountancy is the fastest way to qualify
Chartered Accountants Ireland has the fastest progression to full qualification – 78% of our students are fully qualified in four years, which is higher than other professional accountancy routes. In your case, with exemptions, the qualification time could be faster
Our pass rates are also higher– over the past 5 years we have an average pass rate of 62% at final year 8 percentage points higher than the next largest Accountancy body
Course fees to become a Chartered Accountant represent great value
The cost of studying to be a Chartered Accountant is very competitive. For a post-2009 Accounting Technicians Ireland graduate, the CAP1 cost would be €840/£580, as only two subjects are required due to the exemptions already in hand. The costs involved over the course of the qualification are:
CAP 1 (First Year) – €420/£290 Per Subject
CAP 2 (Second Year) – €1,590/ £1,080 Per Module — €3,180/ £2,160 All Subjects
FAE (Final Year) – €4,350/ £2,955 Total Fee
There is one all-in fee, no extras for books, exemptions, admin, exams or subscriptions while you are studying, though there is a charge to repeat.
For students paying for themselves, there are flexible payment options available – simply call us on RoI 1890 28 29 28 / NI 0845 301 5649 or email us to find out more.
Flexibility – designed for people working in business
You can qualify as Chartered Accountant either with an accountancy practice, under the Chartered Practice Route, or in industry/public sector, through the Chartered Business Route. In both cases you can study under a training contract, or under our flexible option.
Crucially, under the flexible option you do not have to enter into a training contract. You complete your studies and exams and secure the professional experience at a time that suits you — either after your studies or at the same time.
You don’t have to change employer and you can maintain your current position during your studies. Support in acquiring your practical experience