Accounting Technician


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.

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

Course Structure

Learners are prepared for the following:

  • Production of financial statements.
  • Production of financial reports and other management information.
  • Computation of tax liabilities for companies and individuals.
  • Setting up and managing systems for budgets, stock control, cost accounting, and cash reconciliations.
  • Setting up and managing credit control procedures.
  • Using industry standard software (SAGE) to produce payroll and accounts.
Core Elements
  • Year 1 - Certificate for Accounting Technicians
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Business Management
  • Taxation
  • Spreadsheets
  • Year 2 - Diploma for Accounting Technicians
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Data Management
  • * Work-Practice Module Level 4 and Level 5 (See Below)
  • Course Code

  • AT1 (first year), AT2 (second year)
  • Duration

  • 2 years - full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 60 each year
  • Contact Hours/Week

  • 25 approx
  • Timetable Content

  • 5 days - mornings option

My decision to return to college as a mature student was somewhat daunting at the start. I picked BFEI as they offered the Accounting Technician Course full-time which suited my needs. The location of the college played a pivotal role in choosing BFEI as it is very accessible by DART and also numerous bus routes. Blackrock Village is a lively area with lots of choices for coffee shops and places to eat for students. As soon as the course started, I knew I had made the right decision as I was put at ease after meeting the Tutors who were extremely professional, friendly and excellent at their work. The class sizes were small which meant all the Tutors got to know the students on a personal level by name. From day one, the Tutors were supportive and exam focused to optimise the results that each student could achieve in the exams. I cannot thank them enough as I am now in full-time employment after having passed all my exams. The course has definitely updated my skills and contributed greatly to gaining employment as it is a highly sought-after qualification in the financial sector. Throughout my experience as a mature student in BFEI, I felt excited and very rewarded. This was due to both the Tutors’ constant encouragement and the new friendships I made during my 2 years as a student there. It is a fantastic way of increasing your self-belief for future careers and along the way meeting a mix of other students who can help with their support. 

- Grainne McLoughlin, Accounting Technician Graduate, 2019 -

Support Elements
  • Career Advice
  • CV Preparation
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.



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:

BBS (Hons) in Accounting & Finance Technological University Dublin [Tallaght] -

3rd year of a 4-year part-time programme or full-time programme. BBS (Hons) Accounting Institute of Public Administration – 3rd year of a 4-year part-time programme.

More Business Courses at BFEI

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate Applicants

If you are under 21 years of age, you should possess one of the following:

  • 5 Ordinary level Leaving Certificate grades (including an O6 in English, and Maths or Accounting)
  • 2 Higher level and 2 Ordinary Leaving Certificate grades (including an O6 in English, and Maths or Accounting)

Post Leaving Certificate/Further Education entry route:

  • Students under 21 who have successfully completed a nationally recognized qualification such as HETAC, QQI/FETAC (Level 5), QCA or a BTEC Level 5 National Diploma (ROI) may be eligible to enter. Accounting Technicians Ireland will be happy to give you information about your eligibility in these cases. These are the minimum standards required of potential students.

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. Prior Learning may also provide an entry route for applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria. Those who have successfully completed a nationally recognised qualification such as a QQI award in the Republic of Ireland, or QCA and BTEC National Diploma in Northern Ireland, may be eligible to register.

Accounting Technician Diploma - Year 2

Applicants must have successfully completed Year 1 or hold an approved equivalent qualification.

Application Process

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  Apply on-line for free.


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.

Further Information

Accounting Technicians Ireland
47-49 Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Telephone: (01) 649 8100


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