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

I decided to study the AT1 course to increase my career possibilities by gaining a formal qualification in an area other than the insurance industry where I had previously worked. The course provided me with with a basis in accounting theory along with the practical application for the working environment. The flexible timetable of classes (I studied mornings only) made it very easy for me to incorporate into my daily life and family commitments. The guidance given by the staff throughout the course on future study, by providing talks with various accounting bodies regarding exemptions and opportunities for working in the sector, was invaluable. Since graduating, I have secured an accounting role in the services industry and will continue with further study through the ACCA exams.

- Deirdre Moore, ATI Graduate 2014 -

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, 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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