Accounting Technician Course
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Accounting Technician Course

Introduction to the Career

Accounting Technicians perform accounting duties at middle management levels in commercial, industrial, public sector organisations and in the offices of practicing Accountants. Accounting Technicians Ireland founded in 1983, is one of the fastest growing professional bodies in Ireland, with more than 3,500 members and 5,000 students.

Accounting Technicians fill a wide range of positions including:

  • Accounts Clerk/Manager
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Audit Assistant
  • Credit Controller
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Stock Controller
  • Office Administrator

The Accounting Technician, having gained appropriate experience, will be competent in:

  • Preparation of financial statements reports and other management information
  • Computation of tax liabilities
  • Setting up and managing systems for budgets
  • Stock control
  • Cost accounting
  • Cash reconciliation
  • Credit control
  • Using Information Technology (IT) effectively

While the Accounting Technician qualification is in itself a passport to a rewarding career, many graduates continue their studies, to become fully qualified professional Accountants.


The Accounting Technician qualification is divided into two parts, each of which is a qualification in its own right. Students who successfully complete the four subjects in Year 1 will be awarded a Certificate for Accounting Technicians.  Students who successfully complete Year 2 in addition to successfully completing experiential learning through two years full time employment (or the equivalent part-time) will be awarded a Diploma for Accounting Technicians.


Core Elements

Year 1 - Certificate for Accounting Technicians
  • Financial Accounting
  • Law and Ethics
  • Business Management
  • Taxation
Year 2 - Diploma for Accounting Technicians
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Integrated Accounting Systems (IAS)


Course Code AT1 (first year)
AT2 (second year)
Duration 2 years – full time September to May
Number of places 60 each year
Number of contact hours per week 25 approx
Timetable contact 5 days
option - mornings only

Support Elements

  • Applied IT (MS Office 2013)
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation
  • Enterprise Workshop


Assessment and Certification

  • The course is certified by Accounting Technicians Ireland
  • Applied IT is certified by QQI
  • Examinations take place in May.
  • Learners who successfully complete year 1 only are eligible to be awarded the Certificate for Accounting Technicians.
  • To achieve the Diploma for Accounting Technicians, two years' work experience is required. Previous relevant work experience may be considered - see Accounting Technicians Ireland




Learners may progress to the:

  • Third year (final year) of  the BA (Hons) Business Studies or the 2nd year of the BA (Hons) Accounting awarded by the University of Wales Trinity St David and Swansea Metropolitan.
  • Third year of a 4-year part-time programme, BBS (Hons) Accounting, awarded by the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).
  • Progress with exemptions to higher professional accounting qualifications including  ICAI ACCA, CPA, and CIMA
  • Advanced entry to other Business Degree programmes in Ireland.

Entry Requirements

Year 1
  • Leaving Certificate

Applicants must have five passes* on ordinary level papers (grade D or better)
Four passes* (two higher level, grade D or better)

* Passes must be obtained in English and either Mathematics or Accounting. Subject exemptions may be granted for previously attained relevant qualifications at the discretion of the ATI.

  • Leaving Certificate Applied/LCA

Applicants should submit details of credits awarded.

  • Others including Mature Students

Applicants without the entry requirements are welcome and will be assessed individually.


Year 2
  • Applicants must have successfully completed Year 1 or hold and approved equivalent qualification.


Further information is available from:

Accounting Technicians Ireland
47-49 Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Telephone: (01) 649 8100



Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places
will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs* and registration details.


*ATI Scholarship

The ATI, in partnership with BFEI, are currently offering a number of scholarships for the Certificate in Accounting Technicians (Year 1) for Leaving Certificate students. Scholarships will exempt students from all cost in Year 1. Further details are available from the ATI at



At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students. 


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