CPA Professional Qualification

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA)

Course Introduction 

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) is one of the main Irish accountancy bodies with in excess of 5,000 members and students. The CPA designation is the most commonly used designation worldwide for professional accountants and the Institute’s qualification enjoys wide international recognition with agreements with accountancy bodies in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and more. CPAs are at the heart of business in Ireland, in both industry and in practice. CPAs work in amazingly diverse roles and sectors.

To qualify as a CPA you will need:

·       Exams:       15 exams. Exemptions can be granted on a case by case basis

·       Experience: 3 years practical experience in a relevant position under the supervision of a

                         qualified accountant.

Course duration 

The maximum duration permitted is 8 years, however most students begin their CPA qualification with exemptions. The CPA qualification is open to everyone, from school leavers and graduates to mature students and professionals seeking a change in direction, with no previous experience in accountancy required.

Any questions on exemptions can be forwarded to: or 01 425 1000
Courses are held at evenings and weekends. Please request individual timetables for full details.
Western Management Centre offer: F2, P1, P2 Stages.
All courses are run subject to demand

Core Subjects 

 The CPA Syllabus is divided into four stages F1, F2, P1 & P2. You will have 2 years to complete each stage.

Formation 1

F1: Management in Organisations

F1: Economics & Business Planning

F1: Business Laws & Professional Ethics


Professional 1

P1: Managerial Finance

P1: Corporate Laws and Governance

P1: Corporate Reporting

P1: Auditing


Formation 2

F2: Management Accounting

F2: Financial Accounting

F2: Information Systems

F2: Taxation



Professional 2

P2: Strategy & Leadership

P2: Advanced Corporate Reporting
Elective (choose two)

P2: Advanced Taxation

P2: Strategic Corporate Finance

P2: Strategic Performance Management

P2: Audit Practice and Assurance Services


CPA Registration / Membership / Exam Entry 

Students should register with the CPA Institute separate to Western Management Centre.

Registration should be undertaken by the student when beginning tuition.

Examinations take place in two sittings each year in April and August. You can take up to 4 examinations in each sitting or you may spread exams across four consecutive exam sittings.

Students can qualify for exemptions if they have a degree or have completed the Accounting Technicians qualification.

Please see  for more information.

Why choose CPA? 

 1.  Effective Skills

 CPA provides you with the skill set to understand the financial needs of business and evaluate and present effective business solutions.

2. Attractive Exemptions

Your entry point into CPA is determined by an individual assessment of your prior education and experience. Check out exemptions or CPA This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss your entitlements.

3. Flexibility

When it comes to your entry requirements, where you study and how you study, you will find a flexible solution that suits your work life balance.

4. Control

You are in control of your study, your future. There is no training contract. You decide where you work and the type of experience you want to develop throughout your training period.

5. Support

A dedicated representative, an up to date website, an open door policy 9-5 as well as a peer network of 5000+ CPAs across the country, ensures that the level of student advice and support is second to none

6. Employer Links

The CPA Approved Training Partner Programme (ATP) provides a vital link to potential employers across the country, ensuring that you can avail of best practice when it comes to your training experience

7. Aligned to Business

Employers look for broadly qualified, competent accountants who can add value to the bottom line. The CPA qualification provides you with a strong skill set that allows you to do just that.

8. Recognition

CPA is one of the best known accounting designations worldwide and CPAs are qualified to operate in any jurisdiction internationally

9. Exciting Opportunities

The CPA qualification allows you to work wherever you want in whatever field that interests you. Pursue a career in the worlds of professional sports, movies or television, music, or high tech. Or, be an entrepreneur and start your own business. The sky is the limit.

10. Professional Status

Founded in 1946 and active in the profession at national and international level, CPA participates in the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies – Ireland – CCAB (I) and was a founding member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) – the worldwide body.