Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

The next cohort of the Diploma in IFRS begins 7 September 2018

All business professionals looking to boost their knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) have the opportunity to do so with the Diploma in IFRS from Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).

The Diploma will help those who enrol to develop an advanced understanding of IFRS and their implications for decision-makers. Participants receive a wide range of online support, including from IFRS specific tutors. On completion of the Diploma, CAs will be able to:

  • apply advanced international financial reporting techniques to the production and presentation of external financial reports
  • identify and apply the disclosure requirements relating to the IFRS
  • prepare single entity and group financial statements in accordance with IFRS
  • be aware of the important areas of international financial reporting currently engaging the attention of both the International Accounting Standards Board and the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee

Offered to ICAS members via distance learning at a discounted rate and providing the same study materials available to those who study in the classroom.

Programme Schedule:
Module one: 7 and 8 September 2018
Module two: 5 and 6 October 2018
Module three: 2 and 3 November 2018
Module four: 30 November and 1 December 2018
Module five: 11 and 12 January 2019
Module six: 1 and 2 February 2019
Exam preparation session: 8 February 2019
Final Exam: 15 March 2019 (morning)
Assessment structure:
Assignment one: MCQ (multiple choice quiz): 20%
Assignment two: 30%
Final exam: 50% (Open book exam taken online)
Participants must pass each assignment in order to sit the final exam.
The pass mark is set at 50% with distinction achieved at 70%.
CAI offer an optional half day exam preparation session.
The final exam can only be taken online.



Overview and booking form


Ross Hutchison CA, Senior Property Accountant, Aberdeen Asset Management Plc comments:

With the changes to UK GAAP in 2014, I felt it an appropriate time to refresh my IFRS knowledge. I was aware of the IFRS diploma having considered doing it previously, and on studying the course objectives decided it was the appropriate course to go for. The fact ICAS promoted it also attracted me to the course, along with the opportunity to experience studying as a distant learner via a different institute.

John Lee, Group Business Controller, CRH Plc comments:

This course deepens your appreciation of the practical application of IFRS where you share real world experiences with participants from a diverse array of backgrounds (practice, industry or public sector).

Enquiries and bookings

For enquiries on any of the qualifications please contact:

Linda McGee, Learning & Development, Chartered Accountants Ireland
+353 (1) 6377213, bookings@charteredaccountants.ie

To book any of these diplomas please download and fill out the relevant qualification 'overview and booking form' and email your application to the above email address.

Delegates should quote 'ICAS' as their referral source and members should quote their ICAS membership number to take advantage of the discounted member price.


  • Corporate and financial reporting
  • Online learning

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