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Use the 'Related Links' section of this page and take the following 5 easy steps to become an ACCA qualified accountant:

Step 1: Check entry requirements / exemptions

ACCA has an open entry policy. You can start studying as an ACCA accountancy student without any prior accountancy knowledge. The minimum entry requirements for the ACCA Qualification are:

  • Irish Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in 5 subjects with 3Cs at 3 higher level papers, and a pass in English and a pass in Maths;


  • Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree or Honours Degree.

Relevant degree holders may be exempt from up to 9 of the 14 ACCA exams. Exemptions will be confirmed as part of the ACCA online application process. Students can review their exemptions by visiting the 'Check exemptions' page using the 'Related Links'.

Step 2: Apply online to become an ACCA student

Register with the global body for professional accountants as an ACCA student. The ACCA online application form takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.

In order to complete the application you will need to provide copies of the following:

  • proof of identity (birth certificate, passport, driving licence);
  • passport-style photograph;
  • proof of any qualifications.

Step 3: Register for tuition

Once you are registered as an ACCA student you can then choose how you want to study.

You can choose from a variety of different study options including:

  • full-time courses;
  • part-time day or evening courses;
  • distance learning;
  • weekend courses;
  • revision courses.

Over 20+ colleges provide tuition for ACCA throughout Ireland. For a full listing search our tuition provider database

Step 4: Complete ACCA Exams

As an ACCA student you can choose your own exam timetable. You can sit up to 4 exams per session and you can even skip sessions if necessary. ACCA paper based exams take place in June and December each year. The first 3 ACCA exams are also available by computer based exam (CBE). Students must also complete an online ethics module. 

Step 5: Gain Relevant work experience

ACCA students must complete practical work experience (3 years) to become a fully qualified ACCA member. Work experience can be gained before, during or after ACCA studies.

Last updated: 10 Feb 2014