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Important information for prospective and current students

1. How do I apply for exemptions?
Students embarking on the professional training programme with Chartered Accountants Ireland must clear their eligibility/exemption position in advance of enrolling on a course programme. Students can apply for exemptions anytime from 1 April to end of July each year. Further details on applying for exemptions along with a complete list of accredited programmes can be found through the following link: 

Exemptions Information

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2. Where are the course locations?
In 2016/2017

the courses will be delivered in the following locations:   

- CAP1: Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Distance.

- CAP2: Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Waterford/Kilkenny and Distance.

- FAE: Belfast, Belfast Distance, Cork, Dublin, Galway Limerick and Waterford/Kilkenny.

Students enrolling on CAP1 and CAP2 in the Dublin centre may choose from two groups, each with a different timetable structure. There is also a distance programme available to all students. Early enrolment is advisable to ensure you secure a place on your preferred group as classes can book out quickly.

Further details about course locations are included in the relevant enrolment forms.

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3. What is the distance learning programme?
The distance learning programme for CAP1, CAP2 and FAE (Belfast only) comprises of a blended approached of online study and classroom-based contact. The lectures will take place in Dublin and Belfast and will be actively tailored to facilitate students who are studying online.  The contact days will explore topics covered in the online sessions, work through exam questions, and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Continued participation on the Distance Programme will be dependent on the students engagement with the course work required as preparation for each lecture session. The programme provides students with much greater flexibility in how they structure their studies and will particularly suit students who live outside the areas served by an education centre and to those for whom frequent attendance at lectures is not suitable.  

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4. What online resources are available?
All CAP1 and CAP2 students enrolled to either the distance programme or the classroom programme will have access to a suite of online resources. Course content will be available in c.45 minute videos, which can be viewed using a computer with either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, once you download Silverlight software. There will be interactive Q&A sessions with subject lecturers and the Student Services team. Learning Journals will be provided to each student to assist in planning and tracking their progress throughout the year.  

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5. What are the enrolment regulations?

CAP1

- Candidates who have 2 or more full subjects outstanding in CAP1 can only enrol on the outstanding CAP1 subjects.

- Candidates must enrol on a minimum of 2 subjects in CAP1 if they have two or more full subjects outstanding in CAP1.

- If candidates are not exempt from Financial Accounting in CAP1 they must select this as one of their first enrolment options.

CAP1/CAP2

- If candidates have 1 ½ papers or less outstanding in CAP1 they may enrol onto Module 1 of CAP2 in addition to the outstanding CAP1 papers.

- Candidates cannot progress to Module 2 of CAP2 until they have successfully completed all of the CAP1 papers.

- Candidates may not enrol onto Module 2 of CAP2 prior to Module 1.

 

CAP 2

- If a candidate has successfully met the CAP1 requirements in full either through exemption or examination success they may enrol on all 4 subjects in CAP2.

- Candidates may elect to take CAP2 modularly.  In such cases candidates must enrol on Module 1 prior to Module 2.

- If a student elects to take CAP2 modularly they may enrol on Module 1 in the first year.  Provided the candidate has cleared all the CAP1 requirements they may enrol on Module 2 in the second year regardless of the outcome of the Module 1 examinations.

FAE

- Candidates cannot enrol on FAE until they have successfully completed all of CAP2.

- Candidates must enrol on FAE core and chose one of the FAE electives.

- FAE must be taken as a complete part.

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6. What are the course enrolment fees for 2016/2017?
Chartered Accountants Ireland education fee incorporates:

- Exemption Fee

- 1st attempt Course Fee

- 1st attempt Exam Fee

- Registration Fee

- Student Text Books

- The 2016/17 course enrolment fees are:


CAP 1

- €420/£290 Per Subject

- €2100/£1450 All Subjects

CAP 2

- €1590/ £1080 Per Module

- €3180/ £2160 All Subjects

FAE

- €4350/ £2955 Total Fee 

****Please note that the closing date for receipt of course enrolment forms is 1st September 2016****

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7. What is the modular approach (CAP1 and CAP2)?
CAP1 comprises 3 full papers and 2 half papers. Students who have, by exemption or CAP1 exam success, 1 ½ papers or less to complete at CAP1; may complete those outstanding CAP1 subjects in addition to Module 1 of CAP2 (Auditing & Assurance and Taxation) in the same academic year.

Students who are successful in the outstanding CAP 1 papers may enrol onto CAP2 Module 2 in the following academic year regardless of the result achieved in their CAP2 Module 1 examination.

The subjects in CAP2 Module 2 are Financial Reporting and Strategic Finance & Management Accounting. Students who are not successful in the CAP1 examination cannot enrol to CAP2 Module 2 until they have successfully passed all outstanding CAP 1 papers.

CAP2  Modular (excluding CAP1)
Students who chose to enrol to CAP2 on a modular basis must complete the course programme for CAP2 Module 1 before enrolling to the course programme for CAP2 Module 2.
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8. How do I get my course textbooks?
The textbooks are included in the enrolment fee and are provided from Chartered Accountants Ireland. A full book list for each programme is available at:

Complete List of Book Titles

Book collection and distribution will commence at the end of September. Any book queries can be address to textbookqueries@charteredaccountants.ie.

Students Training in Contract
Textbooks will be delivered directly to firms within 10 days of enrolment. 

Students Training in Contract (Larger Firms)
Students who are in training contract with one of the larger firms are required to collect their books from CA House at one of the book collection days. There are several collection dates which have been agreed in advance with the participating firms. These take place in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Students will be provided with advanced notification of these dates once their enrolment is complete.

Flexible Option
Students of the flexible option route will be contacted by email to ensure the home address is suitable for delivery within working hours. If the address is not suitable, students can change address  by return email. Delivery is organised within 10 days of enrolment. The student’s telephone details are provided to the courier in the event a difficulty with the delivery should occur.

Repeat Students
Books are not provided to repeat students on their second or later attempt at CAP1, CAP2 and FAE. Students who are not enrolled on the course programme but are repeating examinations, can purchase the textbooks from the Chartered Accountants Ireland online bookstore, available through the link below: 

Online Bookstore

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9. Which FAE Elective should I choose?
Students enrolling on the preparatory course programme for the Final Admitting Examination are required to choose one of the following elective options:

• Advanced Auditing & Assurance
• Advanced Taxation
• Advanced Performance Management

For a summary of each elective, and factors that should influence each student’s decision, please download the article below.

FAE Elective – Which to Choose?

****You can complete an additional elective at any stage*****
While candidates should be confident that they have made the correct elective choice during their FAE year it is possible to complete another elective post-qualification. This provides members with much flexibility and opens up many new career options.  Any such course of study will contribute towards your CPD requirement.

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10. What happens if I want to change my FAE Elective after I have submitted my enrolment?

First Attempt Students
Students who enrol on the first attempt FAE programme have until 31st October 2016 to change their elective. Students are required to submit a change of elective form before the closing date accompanied by the relevant fees. It is not possible to facilitate applications to change elective after the closing date.  

Repeat Students
Students who fail their FAE Elective and elect to take a different elective for the next examination sitting must enrol on the main class programme for their new elective option. Students enrolling on the FAE Elective course will be enrolled to attend all 10 sessions and sit their mock exam with the main class.  Students changing elective are required to submit the change of elective form before the closing date accompanied by the relevant fees.  Please note that in this instance it is not necessary to submit an separate examination entry form in respect of the elective re-sit.

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11. What is the refund policy for course fees in 2016/2017?

If you withdraw from the course programme during October 2016
A full refund less €100/£70 for administration costs will be provided should you withdraw from the course programme before 31st October 2016. You will be required to return all textbooks in a saleable condition.

If you withdraw from the programme between November and December 2016
A refund of 50% of the course fee will be provided should you withdraw from the course programme before 31st December 2016.

If you withdraw from the course programme after 31 December 2016
Should you decide to withdraw from the course programme from 1st January 2017 you will not be eligible for a refund.

If you are under training contract you must submit a completed termination of training contract form when withdrawing from the course programme. If you are enrolled on the flexible option route, you must submit notice of termination of studies in writing in order to be removed from the course programme. Please note, refunds are only applicable where full course fees has been received. Any queries in this regard should be addressed to studentqueries@charteredaccountants.ie.  

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12. How is attendance at lectures recorded
Chartered Accountants Ireland facilitates the recording of attendance at lectures for training organisations. The document Attendance Requirements details the attendance requirements of students, how attendance is logged and which students are required to log attendance.

 

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13. What is the recommended study leave for each level?
Chartered Accountants Ireland recommends that authorised training firms provide leave additional to annual leave to their students under training contract to allow for preparation for and presentation at the professional examinations. The recommended study leave is intended to accommodate attendance on courses, e.g. block release, as well as private study. The following recommendations are made in relation to study leave for those preparing as first attempt candidates for the CA Proficiency 1, CA Proficiency 2 and Final Admitting Examinations.  

CAP 1 First Attempts Only
21 working days, to be allocated pro rata as follows:
- 5 Days for each of Finance, Management Accounting and Financial Accounting
- 3 days for each of Taxation I and Law for Accounting
4 examination leave days (one for each end-of-year exam day)

CAP 2 First Attempts Only
7.5 days plus one exam day per subject

FAE First Attempts Only
35 working days total for FAE Core and FAE Elective, plus 3 exam days
Pro-rata allocation does not apply as it is not permitted to split FAE Core and FAE Elective

Resit Examinations – all levels
The recommendation for education leave for resit examinations is one examination leave day only for each day of examinations (excluding Interim Assessment resits).

 

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14. What are the Interim Assessments?
There will be a Interim Assessment component in the following papers:   

CAP1  

- Financial Accounting (Double Entry Bookkeeping)

- Management Accounting

 CAP2  

- Strategic Finance & Management Accounting (SFMA)

- Audit and Assurance

- Financial Reporting  

FAE  

- Core (AAFRP)

- Elective

Students who are exempt from a paper will also be exempt from any associated Interim Assessment component. Further information in relation to Interim Assessments can be accessed at:

Interim Assessments 

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15. How do I register for first attempt interim assessment(s)?
First attempt candidates who have enrolled on the course programme will be automatically entered for the first session of the interim assessment(s) in that academic year.  

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16. How do I register for repeat interim assessment(s)?
Students on their second or later attempt at CAP1, CAP2 or FAE will register for the interim assessment using the examination entry form. Participation in a re-sit interim assessment will incur an additional fee to the examinations. Examination entry forms are available on the student section of Chartered Accountants Ireland website. 

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17. How do I register for first attempt examinations?
First attempt candidates who have enrolled on the course programme will be automatically entered for the first session of the examinations in that academic year. Such candidates will have an opportunity to amend the examination venue/session subsequent to receiving the provisional notification of examination sitting (issued circa 4-5 weeks before the actual examination). Please note, first attempt candidates are not required to submit a separate examination entry form.

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18. How do I register for repeat examinations?
Students on their second or later attempt at CAP1, CAP2 or FAE are required to register for the examinations by submitting an examination entry form before the closing date accompanied by the relevant fees. Examination entry forms are available on the student section of Chartered Accountants Ireland website. 

FAE students who change elective
Students who have changed elective and are enrolled on the main class programme for their new elective are not required to submit a separate examination entry form for the elective. Students re-sitting core and/or elective must submit the appropriate repeat examination entry form.

CAP1 External Examination Candidates
Applicants wishing to present for our CAP1 examinations as External Candidates may apply
(i) in the year in which their degree or postgraduate programme concludes or
(ii) at the May and/or September sessions immediately preceding entry into a Training Contract/Flexible Option/accredited Masters programme, where the offer of a Training Contract and the start date of the Contract is certified in writing to the Institute by the training organisation.
External students are required to register for the examinations by submitting an external examination entry form prior to the closing date accompanied by the relevant fees. 

Examination Regulations
The examination regulations can be accessed here.

 

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19. How do I change examination venue?
If you wish to change examination venue in advance of receipt of provisional notification please email studentqueries@charteredaccountants.ie. Further information in relation to changes to examination enrolments will be included in the provisional notification.

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20. Can I defer my examination sitting?
Yes, candidates are permitted to defer their exam sitting. Deferring a sitting does not impact on the requirement to complete all required exams at each level within the maximum period allowed. 

Below is a list of fees applicable to defer an examination sitting:  

- Applications in advance of the Provisional exam notification (provisional notifications are sent approximately six weeks before each exam session) do not attract a fee

- Provisional notification for each exam session will include a cut-off date for acceptance of changes to exam enrolment. Applications for changes made after this date will attract a fee.  

How do I apply for a deferral?
Candidates should apply directly to the relevant examination executives to request a deferral. 

CAP1: cap1exam@charteredaccountants.ie

CAP2: cap2exam@charteredaccountants.ie

FAE:    faeexam@charteredaccountants.ie     

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21. Can I carry forward my exam fees to the next sitting?
In the event whereby a student, for unavoidable reasons, is unable to sit for the examinations for which they are enrolled they may apply to pay a carry forward fee when enrolling on the next diet of examinations instead of paying the full examination fees. The student must apply to the Examination Department, with appropriate evidence, to avail of the carry forward fee prior to submission of a new entry form. Please note that exam enrolment fees are non-refundable.

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22. What if I do not pass the exams within the permitted timeframe?
If a student has not passed the Institute’s examinations within the maximum period permitted for that level or where a candidate has exhausted the 8 year timing regulation, the student may apply for a concessionary attempt. All such applications are assessed on a case by case basis. Further information in relation to Concessionary Attempts can be found in the Examination Regulations. 

How do I apply for a concessionary attempt?
Students can apply for a concessionary attempt to Sonya O'Reilly at  sonya.oreilly@charteredaccountants.ie

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23. How do I apply for reasonable accommodations in examinations?
Candidates with a disability or temporary impairment may apply for reasonable accommodation in examinations and assessments. Further information in relation to the supports available and the process for applying for reasonable accommodation can be accessed from the link below: 

Application for Reasonable Accommodation

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24. How to terminate/transfer the training contract?
As both processes only arise in exceptional circumstances you should make contact with Chartered Accountants Ireland to discuss the formalities involved.    

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25. What are the regulations to meet the educational requirements for the audit qualification?
Please click here to view the regulations.

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26. How do Non-EU students apply for a GNIB letter?
Non-EU students who are registered in a training contract with a recognised training firm can request a letter to be sent to the GNIB for Visa purposes. To request a letter, email your contact details and training contract dates to studentqueries@charteredaccountants.ie.  Please note that the letters are sent directly to the GNIB and not to the individual student. Further information regarding the Visa process is available from the Garda National Immigration Bureau

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27.What are the Key Dates for 2017?
A complete list of key dates for 2017 is available below :  

Key Dates 2017 

 

28 How do I apply for a Student Leap Card?

Chartered Accountants Ireland Students who are:

  • Registered to a training contract with a recognised training firm

  • Registered to the Flexible Option and enrolled on a full Chartered Accountants Ireland course programme are eligible to  apply for the Student Leap Card.  

Students must complete the following steps to secure the card:

  • Click here to print the Student Leap Card   application form:             

  • Submit completed application form, photos and payment details to Student Services  Department, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland will stamp the application form on your behalf and send it directly to the Student Leap Card company.

  • Student Leap Card company will issue Student Leap Card directly to student.

 

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29. Contact Us
For any queries, please contact Student Services directly at:  

- Phone : +353 (1) 523 3929

- Email: studentqueries@charteredaccountants.ie   

- Facebook : Chartered Accountants Ireland Students

- Twitter :  CAIStudents

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