The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) has seen a surge in enquiries for its course at LIT Tipperary as students across Tipperary seek stable and challenging careers.
Moya Breen from LIT Tipperary said, “Accountancy is one of the most reliable professions in terms of employment and there are still plenty of opportunities out there for qualified graduates both in Ireland and abroad. We have also seen a large increase in mature students as the current economic downturn has led many people to revaluate their careers whether they are looking for a complete career change or simply looking to up-skill in their current position.”
The CPA are also helping students facing financial pressures as aspiring accountants who are considering studying to become a CPA can now win €5000 towards their studies by entering the competition on the Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Facebook page.
Local CPA Tom O’Gorman of O’Gorman, Branigan, Purtill, Clonmel says, “Studying to be a CPA may be challenging in the short term but the long term benefits are unquestionable. The quality of CPA graduates from LIT Tipperary has been very strong and there is still a significant demand for professional accountancy services. CPA graduates can look forward to a rewarding and lucrative career.”
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland represents over 5,000 members and students. ‘CPA’ is the most commonly used designation for professional accountants worldwide. CPAs are qualified to work in Ireland and around the world in public practice, industry, the public sector, financial services and in public and private companies.
In addition to a structured course of academic study, trainees are obliged to undertake three years supervised, practical training in a work environment to qualify as a CPA. This training does not specifically need to be undertaken in an accountancy practice as the Institute also recognises work experience undertaken in wider business and public sector environments. The majority of students work, train and study in tandem however, work experience can be undertaken concurrent to academic study or thereafter.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants has also waived the student registration fee this year so studying to become a CPA has never been more accessible. CPA students range from school leavers to college graduates, to accounting technicians, to mature students seeking alternative career paths. The flexibility of the study and training programme means that students can start classes right away and build their training record as work becomes available. In some cases, previous employment counts towards training.