CPA Ireland and the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria sign Mutual Recognition Agreement


The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland) and the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), entered into a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) in June 2015.The agreement offers both professional bodies the opportunity to work more collaboratively together, undertaking joint research and thought leadership initiatives on the global stage, and acting as advocates within the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and regional accounting networks.It also provides a route for qualified members of each body to become a member of the other body, and to enjoy the benefits which each organisation offers.

There is already a history of collaboration between the two professional bodies through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in 2013. That partnership facilitated practical training workshops on the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), part of a twinning programme where CPA Ireland provided guidance in developmental areas.

CPA Ireland has also worked closely with ANAN on a variety of projects including provision of the CPA Ireland Quality Assurance Inspector Training Programme which centred on quality assurance for auditors.

Why CPA Ireland?

CPA is one of the best known international accounting designations and  Irish professional qualifications are held in high regard worldwide. By becoming a CPA you are joining a global network. Out of some two and a half million qualified accountants worldwide, one million plus are CPAs.

How to Join CPA Ireland

As a special gesture to ANAN members CPA Ireland will not charge a membership subscription for 2015

You can become a CPA without ever leaving home.

An ANAN member seeking admission to CPA Ireland should have successfully completed:

  • The ANAN examinations,
  • The ANAN practical experience requirements, and
  • Any other requirement as may be prescribed by ANAN from time to time,  or
  • Have held the ANAN Certificate of Membership for a continuous period of 10 years, and,
  • Be a member in good standing and not currently subject to any disciplinary sanctions or investigations and has not been subject to any disciplinary sanctions in the past five years.

Complete and pass two on-line courses (Both courses are available for €125 each):
1) “Overview of Irish Taxation” and
2) “Overview of Irish Law”

CPA Ireland is not obliged to admit as its Member any Member of ANAN who:
(a)  is a Member of ANAN by virtue of an MRA or any other mutual recognition arrangement with another professional body;
(b)  is the subject of a current investigation into his or her professional conduct;
(c)  has been subject to any disciplinary sanctions within the five years prior to their application.

If a member of either of the parties wants to take up a position in the Public Sector, they must complete the CPA Certificate in IPSAS™ Financial Reporting.

The admission fee for entry to CPA Ireland is €200. As a special gesture to ANAN members, CPA Ireland will not charge a membership subscription for 2015.

Member Benefits, Discounts and Professional Services

CPA Ireland provides members with a variety of benefits, discounts and professional services. The full range includes financial, health, publication, lifestyle, technical and professional benefits. Professional and technical resources will enable you to remain up to date and at the leading edge of your profession, with further information available in the members section of

If you wish to find out more about joining CPA Ireland, visit or email

Click here to complete the online Application Form. On completion of the form all relevant documents can be emailed to Kelly Marie Molloy,