CAI CIPFA partnership opens up opportunity for mutual recognition


CIPFA members in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland should be encouraged by the growing and fruitful relationship between CIPFA and Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI). Both organisations have been collaborating to create a framework that further supports students and members across both institutes in offering membership of each body.

A mutual recognition agreement provides a new route for CAI students to qualify as both a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) through a public sector elective. On successful completion of the CAI syllabus, a public finance elective, and required work experience they will enjoy full membership of both Institutes.

Robert Jelly, CIPFA Education & Life Long Learning, said:

“This partnership presents a great opportunity for students and members of both CIPFA and the CAI to enhance their careers through qualifications widely recognised not only in Ireland and the United Kingdom, but also internationally.”

Forming part of the CAI’s professional accounting qualification training, the public sector elective is based on CIPFA’s Strategic Public Finance module.

Access to CIPFA’s examiners and related expertise in the subject also ensures an examination standard equivalent to CIPFA’s own professional accounting qualification, the CIPFA PQ.

Further developments to the agreement are planned, including growth of the existing programme of joint events, and joint working around policy and thought leadership for the public sector in Ireland.

Members and students of both Institutes will be kept up to date on the programme of events and opportunities arising from the partnership, through the usual CIPFA and CAI channels in the coming weeks.


For further information please contact the CIPFA press office on 020 7543 5737 or email


CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. CIPFA shows the way in public finance globally, standing up for sound public financial management and good governance around the world as the leading commentator on managing and accounting for public money. 

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