A graduate career in Risk Assurance

In Risk Assurance, we help our clients address the threats they know about and identify the ones they don’t. As well as protecting their business, we ensure that clients’ systems and processes are accurate, highlight untapped opportunities, and help senior management make smarter decisions. Our clients operate in financial services, retail and consumer, technology, communications and pharmaceuticals, and we advise on everything from technology change to data complexity and business model transformation.

Closing date Applications are now closed for our 2023 graduate programme.
Entry requirements Final-year graduate and postgraduate university students on track to achieve 2.1 minimum
Locations Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

Our business areas

We convert data into actionable insights that help our clients make real-time decisions with confidence.

We help clients rethink risk in a way that protects their business and drives performance improvement.

We help clients achieve their strategic and business objectives through refined risk and control functions.

We help clients design and implement IT risk and control solutions that protect their business and data.

We provide assurance over all aspects of our clients’ businesses to help them build trust with stakeholders.

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What professional qualifications will I study for?

If you join Risk Assurance, you will study for your Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualification. You can achieve this through three entry routes, which are dependent on the exemptions your college course gives you. We also offer the option to obtain the ACCA qualification and complete a Master in Computing for some of our teams.

Qualification routes

Direct entry—ACA

This is the route most graduates take if joining PwC directly after college. Some degrees will entitle you to exemptions from the first set of exams (CAP1) and you will start with CAP2 exams. If your degree doesn't entitle you to any exemptions, you will sit three sets of exams.

Benefits include:

  • CAP1, CAP2 and FAE course fees paid (first attempt only)
  • exam fees paid (first attempt only)
  • study leave provided, appropriate to each exam level
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Sponsored Master in Accounting

For this entry route, you must have full CAP1 and CAP2 exemptions when you join the firm. You will start your exams at FAE level.

Benefits include:

  • €7,600 towards the course fees
  • a bursary of €2,500 (taxable)
  • laptop
  • book allowance of up to €575
  • if you have already started a Master in Accounting, we will pay you a bursary of €2,500
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Professional Diploma in Accounting

This conversion course is mainly for students that have completed a non-accounting degree. It will give you exemptions from CAP1, and you will join the firm and start your exams at CAP2 level.

Benefits include:

  • €7,600 towards the course fees
  • a bursary of €2,500 (taxable)
  • book allowance of up to €575
  • if you have already started a Professional Diploma in Accounting, we will pay you a bursary of €2,500
  • CAP2 and FAE course fees paid (first attempt only)
  • exam fees paid (first attempt only)
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Direct entry—ACCA

While most of our accounting graduates study for their ACA qualification, we also offer the ACCA qualification. The timing of study and exams is more flexible, with most exams run four times per year. Graduates following this route are able to build a path to qualification that suits them and the business area they work in, while attaining the qualification during their training contract.

Benefits include:

  • tuition and related fees paid
  • exam fees paid (first attempt only)
  • study leave appropriate to each exam level is provided commensurate with that provided for our ACA students
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Direct entry—Master in Computing

Some graduates joining Risk Assurance, in particular our Data Analytics and Assurance or IT Risk Assurance teams, may complete a Master in Computing during their training contract. This is undertaken on a part-time basis in the second and third year of your contract with us. Generally, our graduates joining Data Analytics and Assurance and IT Risk Assurance teams specialise respectively in data analytics and IT.

Benefits include:

  • master’s degree college fees paid
  • exam fees paid (first attempt only)
  • study leave appropriate to each exam level is provided, as well as for the final project

We also hire graduates who have already completed a master’s degree that is equivalent to those mentioned above. These graduates are not on a training contract and are compensated appropriately.

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