Athlone Institute of Technology is partnering with CPA Ireland, a leading Irish accountancy body, to help students advance their accountancy careers. The new initiative, called CPA FastTrack, is the only programme of its kind that allows students to begin their professional accountancy training while still at college.
The CPA FastTrack partnership will see accounting students at Athlone Institute of Technology achieve their professional qualifications a full year earlier than their peers in other institutions. This is the result of an optional work placement component of the Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree which counts towards the current three-year training requirement to become a qualified CPA accountant.
Head of Department of Accounting and Business Computing, Trevor Prendergast, explains: “Our partnership with CPA Ireland means that students who undertake the optional work placement component of our accounting degree will enjoy a reduction in the time it takes to qualify as an accountant with CPA Ireland. This is an exciting initiative that we’re sure will be of great interest to our current and future students”.
Welcoming the partnership, CPA Ireland’s Business Development Officer, Caroline Moloney, said: “We’re delighted to bring this new initiative to Athlone Institute of Technology’s accounting students. Accountancy is an incredibly challenging yet rewarding career that offers excellent employment prospects. It’s also an area where suitably qualified talent is in high demand. Our CPA FastTrack programme will help prepare accounting students for the world of work, putting them on the fastest possible route to achieving their qualification.”
CPA Ireland will also work with Athlone Institute of Technology to support participating students throughout their work placements and will liaise with the institute’s placement officer to provide a list of CPA Ireland members open to taking students on placement.
Nationally, AIT is recognised for the quality of its accounting programmes and lecturing staff. The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting provides students with an in-depth knowledge of fundamental accounting theory, concepts and principles. Students are furnished with the necessary skills to pursue a career in professional accountancy and learn about how commercial and industrial organisations function and the environmental factors that impact an organisation’s success.
Athlone Institute of Technology is a modern and dynamic HEI distinguished by outstanding learner experience, international focus and applied research and innovation. Awarded Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year, AIT is ranked 8th nationally of all HEIs in the league table comprising of Irish Universities and IoT’s. Athlone Institute of Technology boasts a wide array of courses in the Faculties of Engineering and Informatics, Business and Hospitality, and Science and Health. For the full list of courses on offer at Athlone Institute of Technology click here.