Candidates aiming to charter their careers

Candidates aiming to charter their careers

At the launch of the Chartered Accountants academic programme at CIT were Don Crowley, Head of Dept Professional Development CIT, with members of the Cork class with Chartered Accountants Ireland.

TWO hundred and fifty of the best business brains in Cork are about to start their studies with Chartered Accountants Ireland, with the goal to qualify as Chartered Accountants.

All three years of the professional programme are offered on site at CIT, welcoming candidates from a range of educational backgrounds – graduates of accounting and non-accounting disciplines, graduates of Masters in Accounting and Accounting Technicians graduates. Limited spaces are still available to join the 2017/18 programme by contacting Chartered Accountants Ireland directly.

With 25,500 members, Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s biggest and leading professional accountancy body. Almost 3,300 members are also members of the Chartered Accountants Cork Society, working in senior positions in accountancy, finance, business and beyond, in a wide range of sectors across the Munster region.

Leo Norris, Head of Education Delivery with Chartered Accountants Ireland, said: “We are delighted to once again launch our Cork programme and we wish all our students every success in their studies with us this year. The Institute has noted an increase in numbers studying in all our study centres across the island of Ireland this year, including Cork, and we see the unique training and competencies gained by our students growing in demand as the economy slowly improves.

“The Institute’s commitment to educating Chartered Accountancy trainees in Cork goes back to the very foundation of the Institute and we are proud to offer education resources on the ground to our trainees from Cork and surrounding counties.

“The Chartered Accountancy profession, in partnership with our network of registered training firms continue to attract the very highest calibre of candidates. Like other professional courses, the path to qualify as a Chartered Accountant covers three years of training and exams, though attractive exceptions are available for those who have previously studied relevant degree courses or with Accounting Technicians Ireland, our partner body.

“The delivery model of education with Chartered Accountants Ireland differs from other accountancy bodies in several key aspects. The majority of our students attend lectures and sit exams with us, while employed in a range of approved practices and business within a three-year programme called a ‘training contract’. Chartered Accountants Ireland is the only accountancy body to offer this programme and the structure, support and guidance inherent in the contract, as well as the quality of the education explain why Chartered students benefit from the highest pass rates in professional accountancy bodies in Ireland. 80% of Chartered students passed their final exams, a figure considerably higher than with other bodies.

“The Chartered education offering also differs in that lecture timetables follow the academic year to allow for a measured pace of learning, coupled with the fact that education delivery is provided directly by Institute lecturers, rather than outsourced to private education providers. The very best academic staff from Ireland and abroad are retained to ensure the quality is consistently excellent across all study centres.

“Despite much commentary on the opportunities in other sectors of the economy, in fact the accountancy profession remains the biggest employer of new graduates each year.

“The career opportunities are very impressive, with four out of ten Chartered Accountants operating at a senior executive level in business.

“And the attractive starting salary for a newly qualified Chartered Accountants, as well as the global recognition offered with an accountancy qualification also explains why more top students are choosing Chartered. As the all-island representative body, we see growth and expansion across accountancy, audit, tax and consultancy, and highly skilled candidates are in high demand.

“For anyone still interested in starting out on the path to the Chartered qualification this Autumn, the door is still open to study with us via the Flexible Route, the Institute’s direct entry route independent of a training contract. This is also the ideal time for final year under-grads to ensure that Chartered Accountancy is on their career radar.”

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