Accounting Technician
ATI Certification


Accounting Technician Courses - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer the Year 1 Accounting Technician Certificate Course and the Year 2 Accounting Technician Diploma Course.

Do you like working with numbers?  Have you an eye for detail?  Are you logical, methodical and a problem solver?  As an Accounting Technician, you will learn how to practically apply these skills in a wide range of finance roles, from accounts to financial controller and beyond. 

You will be involved in the day-to-day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information.  Opportunities exist throughout industry, commerce and in private accountancy practices  for qualified Technicians.

Course Code AT1 (first year), AT2 (second year)
Duration 2 years - full time September to May
Number of Places 60 each year
Contact Hours Per Week 25 approx
Timetable Contact 5 Days Mornings Option (8.50am-2.00pm)

Assessment and Certification

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.

  • The course is certified by Accounting Technicians Ireland.
  • Examinations take place in May.
  • Learners who successfully complete year 1 will 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.

* Work-Practice Module Level 4 and Level 5

To obtain the Diploma for Accounting Technicians, in addition to successfully completing all Year 1 and Year 2 core study modules, learners must complete two work-practice modules and two years’ relevant work experience. This is to apply and consolidate learning within a workplace environment. If you are actively working in an accounting or finance related role you can begin engaging with the Work-Practice Module Level 4 as soon as you commence your studies. If you’re not currently in a role that would enable you to meet the work-practice requirements, this can be completed following study.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate with pass grades in 5 Ordinary level subjects (including an O5 in English and either Mathematics or Accounting) OR
  • Pass grades in 2 Ordinary level subjects together with 2 pass grades at Higher level (pass grades to include a minimum of an O5 in English and either Mathematics or Accounting). 
  • If you completed the LCA, then you will need to submit details of all credits awarded.
  • If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.
  • You may be eligible for subject exemptions for previously attained relevant qualifications at the discretion of the ATI. 

What Will I Study?

  • Prepare financial statements.
  • Prepare financial reports and other management information.
  • Compute tax liabilities for companies and individuals.
  • Set up and manage systems for budgets, stock control, cost accounting, and cash reconciliations.
  • Set up and manage credit control procedures.
  • Use industry standard software (SAGE) to produce payroll and accounts.

Year 1 Financial Accounting Business Law Business Management Taxation Microsoft Excel - Additional Certification
Year 2 Advanced Financial Accounting Advanced Taxation Management Accounting Financial Data Management

What Will I Do?

  • Career advice and help with CV preparation is provided by the Guidance and Career Service.

Career Opportunities

Accounting Technicians fill a wide range of positions including:

  • Audit Assistant
  • Credit Controller
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Tax Advisor
  • Budgeting Analyst
  • Accounts Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Assistant Accountant

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.

Companies who have hired BFEI graduates include:

  • Ernst & Jung
  • Matheson
  • Carne Group Financial Services
  • Knight Frank
  • Accounting Technicians Ireland


Graduates can progress, with exemptions, to higher professional accounting qualifications including CPA, ACCA, CIMA, ACA or gain advanced entry to other Business Degree programmes in Ireland including:

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At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees. There are no tuition fees for EU students.

Get in touch
+353 1 2889717 BFEI, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin
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