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Accounting Technician Praktikum - NEW

Introduction

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.

Key Facts

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.


For further details please see www.accountingtechnicianpraktikum.ie and the Application Information Pack.

Please note all applicants should complete BOTH an online application form to Accounting Technicians Ireland and an application to BFEI to reserve a college place.

Career Opportunities

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:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial Accounting & Budgeting
  • Costing & Credit Control
  • Payroll Administration
  • Tax Returns

Course Structure

Trainees will work at their employer’s office four days a week and attend classes at Blackrock Further Education Institute one day a week. They are also given three weeks’ study leave each year. The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

The Accounting Technician Praktikum course incorporates:

  • On-the-job’ training combined with college tuition.
  • Students ‘earn as they learn’, taking home the full-time industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.
  • Large and small accountancy practices, service firms and industry employers are taking on school leavers as apprentices.
Core Elements
  • Subjects
  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Law and Ethics
  • Business Management
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Integrated Accounting Systems
  • Management Accounting
Assessment and certification

Examinations take place in May.

 

On successful completion of the Apprenticeship programme, trainees with be awarded a Diploma for Accounting Technicians certified by Accounting Technicians Ireland.

Progression

Successful graduates will receive generous exemptions on Chartered Accountants Ireland’s study programmes so that they can continue to progress their career within the profession. So by choosing the on-the-job trainee route, they have the opportunity to become fully qualified Chartered Accountants in just five years.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices will be recent school-leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate, or employees who wish to work in a finance role. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before the 1st of July in the year of entry.

 

For Leaving Certificate students 2017, 310 CAO points and at least an O5 grade in English and Maths or Accountancy.

For those who sat the Leaving Cert in the past five years, 300 CAO points and a D3 in Ordinary Level English and Maths or Accountancy.  

Mature Learners (23 years and above) are also eligible to apply.  If you did not complete your Leaving Cert, but have a QQI Level 5 qualification, you are also eligible to apply.

Fees

As part of this government initiative a commitment has been made to fund all trainees accepted to the Accounting Technician Praktikum programme, this includes:

  • BFEI Acceptance Fee
  • ATI Student Registration Fees
  • All Tuition Fees
  • Exam Fees
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