A National Apprenticeship leading to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting

Qualify as an Accounting Technician with our two-year work-based education training programme in conjunction with Accounting Technicians Ireland. In this fully-funded programme, study with us whilst gaining significant experience working with an employer and earning a salary of at least €24,765 per year.

Apprentices graduate with an industry-recognised Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Accounting, and tuition is funded by the state agency SOLAS. Graduating enables you to join the professional Member network (ATI) and use of the designatory letters MIATI.

What is an Accounting Technician?

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals who work across all levels of finance within a company in a variety of roles – from payroll manager, audit associate and accounts assistant, to finance manager and managing director.

Performing critical business tasks such as accounts management, budgeting, and forecasting, Accounting Technicians work in national public bodies, global professional services, family-owned businesses, private accounting practices, and a wide range of industry.

The Accounting Technician supports all elements of the accounts function, including income and expenditure, balance sheet transactions, statutory returns and payroll requirements and is involved in the day-to-day practical work of accountancy and plays a key operational role in producing reliable financial information.

How does the programme work?

Our next apprenticeship intake starts in September 2024 and is two-years in length. Apprentices work with their local employer four days a week and attend classes on a Tuesday during academic college term time. Outside of college term, an apprentice will attend work five days a week.

In Year 1, apprentices study four modules:

• Financial Accounting
• Taxation
• Business Law
• Business Management

In Year 2, apprentices study another four modules:

• Advanced Financial Accounting
• Advanced Taxation
• Management Accounting
• Financial Data Management

For each module studied, assessment includes a combination of examinations and the completion of four approved work-based tasks per year. Online exams for our January 2024 intake students will take place “August 2024” and are remotely invigilated, with a repeat session held in October.

Apprentices are fully supported throughout the programme and are assigned both a college and workplace mentor. The workplace mentor is nominated by their employer to provide oversight and support of on-the-job training. Additional home study in the evenings or at the weekend will be needed to ensure success in this programme.

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