2017 Graduates, have you considered obtaining an ACA qualification?


Have you recently graduated and would like to pursue a career in accountancy and audit? Becoming a chartered accountant means being recognised as being a specialist and working at the highest levels within the industry.

What is the ACA qualification?

The ACA qualification is perfect for ambitious and talented individuals who want to excel and develop a successful career as a Chartered Accountant. With the ACA qualification the possibilities are endless if you want to pursue high level jobs in business, accountancy practice, banking etc. The ACA qualification is a greatly advanced development programme that builds a path for individuals who want to improve their technical, professional and practical skills in accounting and qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Ireland. What’s more, if you are thinking to work abroad as a Chartered Accountant your doors are now open as this qualification brings worldwide mobility.

By studying for the ACA qualification graduates will learn how to:

  • Analyse and solve problems effectively
  • Develop strategic thinking
  • Produce technically detailed information
  • Identify and manage risks
  • Have a clear communication with clients, colleagues and various stakeholders

The main benefits of completing the ACA qualification can be broken down into the following:

  • Exploring more career options
  • The possibility of becoming an expert in a technical aspect of accountancy
  • The opportunity to lead private and public sector and non-profit organisations
  • Easier to establish your own business
  • Be professionally recognised by using the ACA initials after your name

Generally, the ACA qualification takes between three and four years to be completed, depending on your qualifications to date. The modules are compulsory and provide valuable insights into accountancy, finance and business.

For graduates who want to pursue this qualification there are a number of possibilities available; Ormsby & Rhodes offers training through the Chartered Practice route.

The practical work experience you gain while undertaking the ACA qualification will give you the opportunity to specialise in taxation, insolvency, accounting, audit and assurance, financial management and/or information technology.

The good news is that you don’t need to have a background in accountancy or business to become a Chartered Accountant. Skills such as problem solving abilities, negotiation or analytical thinking are of great help.

As a last tip, we recommend a through documentation and preparation on the subject before applying for the ACA qualification. Further information can be found at http://www.charteredaccountants.ie/en/Prospective-Students/Chartered-Practice-Route/