ATI Accounting Technician

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

Having a recognised accounting qualification demonstrates expertise, experience and knowledge in accounting. Accounting Technicians Ireland provides an accounting qualification that is recognised by industry as one of the leading accounting qualifications in Ireland.

Aim of Course

Qualifying as an ATI Accounting Technician ensures that candidates are technically competent in all aspects of accounts support, testing their theoretical knowledge through a set of stringent examinations, and their ability to apply knowledge by assessing their practical experience.

Work Experience

The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification is made up of both study and work based learning components. To complete the study element, students must pass all their exams from both First Year and Second Year. To complete the work based learning part, students must also gain two years relevant work experience. When both of these requirements have been fulfilled, the student will have completed the qualification and can graduate as a Full member of Accounting Technicians Ireland. Please see www. for further details.

Course Accreditation

This course is accredited by Accounting Technicians Ireland. The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification is divided into two parts, each of which is a qualification in its own right.

Certificate for Accounting Technicians (1 year)

The Certificate for Accounting Technicians (First Year) offers a progression pathway into the Diploma for Accounting Technicians . Once you successfully complete the first year subjects, you will receive the Certificate for Accounting Technicians award.

Diploma for Accounting Technicians (2 years)

For the Diploma you are required to gain experiential learning through two years full time employment (or the equivalent part time). This could be relevant work experience from a previous job or voluntary activity for a group or society. The Diploma qualification is awarded on successful completion of all 8 subjects and two years relevant work experience. The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is fully approved as a Level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This equates to a Level 6/7 on the National Framework of Qualifications in the Republic of Ireland.

What will I experience?

Year One

• Financial Accounting I

• Taxation I

• Law & Ethics

• Business Management

Year Two

• Financial Accounting II

• Taxation II

• Management Accounting

• Integrated Accounting Systems

What opportunities might it lead to?

Accounting technicians are qualified accounting professionals who work at all levels of finance. They can work in all types of organisations and are widely employed throughout the public sector, industry and commerce and in private accountancy practices. They are involved in the day-to-day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information. Accounting technicians can perform a wide range of finance roles, from accounts staff to financial controller and beyond. For instance, they can do financial accounting and budgeting, costing and credit control, payroll administration and tax returns. More experienced accounting technicians may often perform senior managerial tasks and audits. Accounting technicians can work on their own or alongside professional accountants. In a small company, they may be the only qualified employee looking after the finance function, while in a larger company, they may be working as part of a team alongside accountants and administrative staff. While they are not accountants, they can perform many of the same functions and are qualified to take accounts up to trial balance.

Additional Information

Examinations Exams are conducted by Accounting Technicians Ireland in summer (May) and autumn (August) of each year. All students must submit Examination Application forms directly to Accounting Technicians Ireland each year.

Please note: Institute Induction is on Saturday 22 September 2018 from 9.30am to 1.00pm. Attendance is compulsory.

Duration: 2 years: 22 weeks per annum

Year One: Monday and Wednesday 7.00pm to 10.00pm

Enquiries: Maria Slevin -

Course Details

Course Fees:
Year One €1980 Year Two €1940
Course Duration:
2 Years
Course Commencement Date:

Year 1 – 6.45pm Monday 17 September 2018

Year 2 – 6.45pm Monday 17 September 2018

Dept of Lifelong Learning
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Students over 21 years of age - If you are over 21 years of age you can apply to enrol as a student on the basis of your age rather than on your educational background.

Students under 21 years of age must meet one of the following criteria:

• Leaving Certificate with five passes on Ordinary Level papers. (Passes to include English and either Mathematics or Accountancy).

• Leaving Certificate with four passes of which at least two are on Higher Level papers. (Passes to include English and either Mathematics or Accountancy).

• A fully completed relevant FETAC Level 5 qualification.

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