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Finding out information about courses and programmes can be daunting, so we’ve prepared this handy reference webpage for you. You’ll begin to get a flavor as to what makes Chartered Accountancy different from other professional accountancy bodies when you take a look at how the education is provided.

Our approach to education is unique in Ireland, compared to the other accountancy bodies. The main difference lies in the fact that we don’t outsource the education to third party colleges, which makes Chartered Accountants Ireland the largest educator of accountancy students in Ireland.

Everything is provided for you in-house – lecturers, courses, exams, and support. We won’t ask you to select an education provider, or try and find out which private college would provide you with the best education. We ensure that we retain the best lecturers in the UK & Ireland, experts in their field, who deliver the best syllabus to the highest standards.

What does this mean for our students? It means they have a better educational experience, better interaction with the lecturers and the professional body, more support on the ground, and most importantly, they enjoy the highest pass rates of all the main accountancy bodies in Ireland. That’s right; a higher percentage of students pass the Chartered exams.


There are three academic levels in the Chartered Accountancy programme. Each of these can be completed in a single year, meaning you can be finished your education in just three years. With our Flexible Route, you can split CAP 1 and CAP 2 over more than one year if you’d prefer, depending on your own requirements.

CAP1 • Finance
• Financial Accounting
• Management Accounting
• Law for Accountants and Taxation 1
CAP2 • Auditing and Assurance
• Taxation II
• Strategic Finance and Management Accounting
• Financial Reporting

Merging accounting excellence with business leadership skills

FAE Elective (choose one):
• Advanced Auditing and Assurance
• Advanced Performance Management
• Advanced Taxation


Chartered Accountancy classes are available around the country. We have purpose built student centres in Dublin and Belfast, and around the rest of Ireland we only use facilities that are of the highest standard.

Our new Distance Learning programme means you don’t need to be near a study location – you can do most of the course online, which is delivered in 45-minute video tutorials, so you can progress at your own pace. Special learning journals are provided to help you track your progress.

A key element to our Distance Programme is ensuring you have regular contact with the lecturers, so with that in mind we’ll ask you to attend regular classroom-based workshops throughout the year. These currently take place in Dublin, Belfast, and Galway.

CAP 1 Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Distance Programme.
CAP 2 Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Waterford/Kilkenny and Distance Programme.
FAE Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway Limerick and Waterford/Kilkenny, Distance.

Please note the programme is not open to students who reside outside the island of Ireland.


One of the differences you’ll notice is around the timetable options. We run a standard academic year (not semesters), just like universities and colleges worldwide, an approach which has been proven best for learning. Our programme begins in October, and ends in late spring, with seasonal breaks.


CAP1 Belfast

CAP1 Dublin

CAP1 Dublin Evening and Weekend

CAP1 Cork

CAP1 Dublin Distance

CAP1 Belfast Distance

CAP1 Galway Distance


CAP2 Belfast

CAP2 Dublin

CAP2 Dublin Evening and Weekend

CAP2 Cork

CAP2 Belfast Distance

CAP2 Dublin Distance

CAP2 Galway Distance

CAP2 Limerick

CAP2 Waterford-Kilkenny


FAE Belfast

FAE Belfast Distance

FAE Dublin Group 1

FAE Dublin Group 2

FAE Dublin Distance

FAE Cork

FAE Galway

FAE Limerick

FAE Waterford-Kilkenny


CAP 1 and CAP 2 exams take place in summer and autumn, and students can take their exams in either sitting, or spread them over both. There is one exam paper per subject taken, and we’ll make sure you are well prepared for your exams by providing you with revision classes, as well as optional mock exams. We won’t ask you to sit exams at Christmas-time, nor will we rush you into an exam sitting shortly after enrolling – we want you to be ready and well prepared.

Students who are splitting exams must take a minimum of two subjects at each sitting, and we’ll ask you to take Financial Accounting in your first exam sitting at CAP1 (unless exempt).

FAE is taken in September, and there is a repeat sitting in January. This is a new option for FAE students in 2016, and represents the increasing flexibility of the Chartered programme.


We’ve benchmarked our fees and are confident that they represent excellent value in comparison to other professional accountancy qualifications available in Ireland.

You only pay for the subjects you take – so if you’re exempt from an exam, you don’t pay for it.

The fees you see below will cover everything – the full course, first exam attempt, and all books, course notes, and other study materials. We won’t charge you a registration fee, nor do we charge you to be a student – unlike other accountancy bodies, there’s no student subscription fee.

2016/ 2017 Fees EUR GBP
CAP1 All Five Subjects 2,100 1,450
(CAP1 per Subject) (420) (290)
CAP2 All Four Subjects 3,180 2,160
(CAP2 per Module: 2 subjects) (1,590) (1,080)
FAE 4,350 2,955


Fees are payable either upfront for the year, or using our flexible payment option. You only have to pay for what you are doing each year, so if you are only taking two subjects, you only have to pay for two subjects.

Our new flexible payment option allows you to pay your fee in three interest-free instalments. To avail of this option please download the Flexible payment application form, and return when you are posting your Enrolment Form.


With our high caliber lecturing team, quality study materials, on the ground support, flexible fee options, easy-to-follow timetables, and multiple study locations, we feel that Chartered offers you the very best in professional accountancy education in Ireland.

No other accountancy body has the student in mind as much as we do – you are the future of the profession, and we’ll ensure that you get to the top of your career by providing you the very best educational experience.