CPA Business & Accounting Traineeship 

This innovation in professional accounting education was developed to provide an initial opportunity that will help to ensure that anyone who has the ambition and commitment to become an accountant can do so, regardless of financial or logistical limitations. There is no requirement to have studied accountancy in the past.

The CPA Business & Accounting Traineeship is a one-year full time academic programme including a work placement for ambitious school leavers and mature students wishing to pursue a career as a professional accountant. This programme is fully funded.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at those who have recently left school having completed the Leaving Certificate or mature students. The CPA Business & Accounting Traineeship can help activate your career in accounting and business.

How will I learn?

Every aspect of your professional training is paid for. The tuition will be delivered via face to face lectures by Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education Board in the Sligo Training Centre.

What will I learn?

  • Management in Organisations
  • Business Law and Professional Ethics
  • Economics and Business
  • Accounting
  • Microsoft Modules (Word, Excel, & Outlook)
  • Computerised & Manual Accounts
  • Employability skills

Training includes not only the specialist knowledge and practical skills you will need for your future career, but also a range of personal, management, IT and business communications skills. Together they will help you to gain a rounded introduction into the world of business by the end of this programme.

Programme Timetable:


What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate requirements up to and including 2016

  • Grade D3 or above in at least 6 papers, three of which must be grade C3 or above in higher level papers.
  • Two of the six subjects must be English and Maths.

Leaving Certificate requirements from 2017 onwards

  • Grade O6 or above in at least 6 papers, three of which must be grade H5 or above.
  • Two of the six subjects must be English and Maths.
  • There is no requirement to have studied accountancy.
An aptitude test and or pre-course interview will be required to assess your aptitude level and ability.

How long will it take to complete?

The course will begin in November and the classroom based tuition will be examined through computer and paper based exams throughout the year. There will also be a work placement in an accountancy practice or a business related organisation giving you an opportunity to gain applied practical experience in the world of accounting.

Are there any fees?

The programme is free for eligible individuals. The fee waiver applies to:

  • One year student membership of CPA Ireland
  • Course tuition
  • Support materials
  • First exam sitting
  • Contribution towards transportation costs (subject to eligibility)

To apply for the CPA Business & Accounting Traineeship, please contact:

Ronan Haughey
Compupac IT Solutions 
Tel: 087 903 8002