Accounting Technicians Ireland is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians on the Island of Ireland. With offices in Dublin and Belfast, and strong links with other professional bodies such as Chartered Accountants Ireland, the organisation supplies high-calibre Accounting Technician graduates to industry, practice and the public sector. Many progress to the highest levels in their field.
Accounting Technicians Ireland launched the first Apprenticeship Council-approved Accountancy Traineeship in the Republic of Ireland in September 2016. The Accounting Technician Praktikum aims to provide young school-leavers and employees with a fast-track path to a career in accounting, which blends solid work experience with quality academic tuition.
Trainees graduate as fully qualified Accounting Technicians, with the opportunity to progress to Level 9 studies with Chartered Accountants Ireland after just two years.
The Accounting Technician Praktikum is a two-year, work-based programme that enables the participant to earn while they learn.
- It is a new route to a career in professional accountancy for those who prefer practical training to a full-time college course.
- It also provides new options for employees who wish to work in a finance role.
- Trainees graduate with the Diploma for Accounting Technicians, a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.
- Trainees get paid at least €17,797 a year and pay no tuition or exam fees.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before July 1 in the year of entry.
- Applicants must have a pass grade in Leaving Certificate English and Maths at Ordinary Level to be considered for the apprenticeship. Leaving Certificate Accountancy is not a requirement.
- Trainees commence with a two-year work contract, with wages paid by the employer. It is at the employer’s discretion to enhance the entry criteria for selection.
- Trainees work at their employer’s office four days a week and attend classes at BFEI one day a week.
- Trainees earn the standard industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.
- Trainees progress is monitored by mentors in both the workplace and the college.
- The traineeship caters to a growing trend among businesses looking to school-leavers to meet an increase in activity.
- Trainees who successfully complete the programme may be eligible to progress to Chartered Accountants Ireland.
- Potential applicants may check if they meet the minimum academic requirements and other applicable entry criteria here.
Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment.
They perform a wide range of roles including:
- Financial Accounting & Budgeting
- Costing & Credit Control
- Payroll Administration
- Tax Returns