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- Automatic Membership
Professional Accountants who are members of Prescribed Accounting Bodies may automatically qualify for membership of our institute. It is also possible to qualify for an Audit Practice Certificate (subject to conditions).
- Audit and Accounting Practice Registration
Recently qualified members of other Recognised Accountancy bodies admitted to the IIPA may qualify for an audit practising certificate based on their prequalification training. Likewise recently qualified members of other Recognised or Prescribed Accountancy bodies admitted to the IIPA may qualify for an accounting practisinb certificate based on their prequalification training.
- Appropriate Regulation
The Institute maintains a very careful balance in how we regulate the practice of our members. In particular, we strive to ensure that our members are not hamstrung by over-regulation and red tape.
- Robust Representation
Our relatively small size and member focused approach ensures that your interests are protected and enhanced. We place the highest value on providing a voice for our members across the profession.
Are you a qualified Accounting Technician, or have you completed part or all of a relevant third-level qualification? If you have then this can reduce the number of modules you must complete in order to qualify as an Incorporated Public Accountant.
Why Study for IIPA qualifications?
- Fastest way to a Professional Accounting Qualification
The IIPA's offers the fastest route to becoming a finance professional. You can qualify as an Incorporated Public Accounting Technician (IPAT) in 18 months to 2 years, or as an Associate Incorporated Public Accountant (AIPA) in 4 years.
- Widest Range of Study Options
We aim to provide the most flexible route to your Professional Accounting Qualification. So you can choose between distance learning and accredited colleges. You can even blend these options over over your study.
- Get Paid while you Study
There is a long tradition in the accounting and finance professions of working while you study. This means that the profession is attractive to school leavers, those who choose not to go to college, and those who wish to change careers.
Promoting Professional Standards and Protecting the Public Interest
Promoting Best Practice
- Professional Standards
Our membership is required to maintain a high level of professional competency. This is monitored by a dedicated committee of the Board, and includes visits to practices to ensure that standards are being upheld.
- Constitutional Documents
The IIPA has a number of guiding documents, collectively known as the "Constitutional Documents". They are as follows:
All members of our institute are required to follow the Ethical Standards for Professional Accountants of the International Federation of Accountants. These are the very best codes of conduct for Professional Accountants.
- Complaints, Investigations and Disciplinary System
We have a professional standards maintenance structure including complaints, Investigations and Disciplinary System. These maintain and enhance the trust of customers of Incorporated Public Accountants. If you wish to make a complaint against a member of the IIPA you can download a Complaint Form.
- You can find the decisions of our Disciplinary Committee here.