Cork colleges offer accountancy places

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) has announced that there are still places available for its part time course at Cork College of Commerce and Griffith College Cork which service students from throughout Cork and its environs.

Cliodhna Kenny, Student Development Executive with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland says that places are still available for those people interested in securing additional qualifications, to help sustain their existing employment or open up new job opportunities.

“We are seeing increased interest in a CPA qualification from people working in sectors which have been hit hard in the current recession, for example construction, finance, retail and architecture, and so on. They realise that a CPA qualification will open up new opportunities for them. They are prepared for the challenge of part time study because the rewards will be significant in the longer term”, Ms Kenny said.

“Taking up a CPA course will allow students to learn new skills and its versatility will allow them the opportunity to broaden their career prospects in many sectors. The quality of CPA graduates from Cork College of Commerce and Griffith College has always been very good and the demand for professional accountancy services is still very strong. Future graduates may 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 32 countries 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 3 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.

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.

The CPA has 24 Approved Educators throughout Ireland which have been approved by the Institute on the basis of the suitability of their tuition and their commitment to providing student support. Interested students will need to register with the CPA, which can be contacted directly at 01 4251000. Please be advised that classes are run subject to demand.

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