Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

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What is the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship?

Cork College of Commerce is one of six colleges nationwide which will roll out the new National Accounting Technician Apprenticeship in September 2017, bringing potentially 20 new jobs to the local area.

The new Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a practical route to a rewarding career in accountancy where participants put their learning into practice, mentored in both college and the workplace. They get paid at least €17,797 a year and tuition costs are fully funded.

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a National Apprenticeship leading to a QQI Award Level 6.

This programme provides school-leavers, mature learners and existing employees with a practical route to a career in accountancy.

Registered employers are operating in industry, practice and the public sector. They are offering two-year employment contracts, where Apprentices will be trained ‘on-the-job’, in every aspect of the qualification, and will be closely mentored by a qualified accounting technician or accountant.

How does this programme work?

Apprentices study at our college one day a week, and then put their learnings into practice while working in an office four days a week.

Apprentices are mentored on the college side by our experienced lecturers.

This programme will suit:

  • School-leavers (18-22 years old) who prefer practical training to full-time academic study, and students who thrive in an environment where they are putting learning into practice every day. The programme offers school-leavers an alternative to full-time third-level study.
  • Mature learners (aged 23 or above) who are looking to change career or move into a finance role.
  • Employees who are already working with a participating employer and who would like to move into a finance role.

Accounting Technicians Ireland is managing the recruitment process for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship. Interested applicants should first visit, where they will find programme information, eligibility requirements, the application form and tips and advice on completing it.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements are forwarded to prospective employers for consideration, and successful applicants will commence with a two-year Apprenticeship contract in September 2017.

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2 years (college classes one day per week, work at employers office 4 days per week)

Apprentices graduate as fully qualified Accounting Technicians, with the opportunity to progress to Level 9 studies with Chartered Accountants Ireland after just two years.

As part of this government initiative a significant commitment has been made to funding. This includes

  • Student Registration Fees
  • Tuition Fees
  • Exam Fees

Government funding levels for the programme to be confirmed shortly.


Year 1

  • Financial Accounting – learn about the fundamentals of accounting including accounting concepts, principles, legislation and procedures. Understand double-entry bookkeeping and preparation of financial statements. Learn how to interpret and analyse financial statements.
  • Taxation – develop knowledge and skills to perform taxation computations for a range of situations involving individuals or businesses. Learn about administration of taxes, personal taxation, the Pay as You earn system, and Value Added Tax.
  • Business Management –Understand how the main business functions in a business operate. Learn about the roles and practices of the modern manager (including the essentials of marketing and Information Systems). Identify, analyse and address key managerial concerns in corporate governance, ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Law – Understand the key concepts and fundamental principles of law, corporate governance and ethics. Learn about the principles of company law.

Year 2

  • Advanced Financial Accounting – Learn how to prepare financial statements for partnerships and limited companies, together with preparing financial statements from incomplete records. Develop an ability to critically analyse and interpret financial statements and communicate in a professional manner to relevant parties. Understand the regulatory framework in accounting.
  • Advanced Taxation – Develop an in-depth knowledge of the administration and procedures involved in the Irish tax system. Learn to prepare personal tax computations at an advanced level together with learning about Capital Gains Tax and PRSI. Study Corporation Tax and Relevant Contracts Tax.
  • Management Accounting – Develop knowledge and technical competency in the area of management accounting to support business functions, activities and decision-making. Study costing terms and concepts, cost accumulation for Inventory and Profit Measurement, and learn about Standard Costing together with Budgetary Planning and Control.
  • Integrated Accounted Systems – Learn to align your theoretical accounting education with practical applications used in the workplace. Gain proficiency in payroll, accounting and spreadsheet software that will maximize your contribution to the professional environment.

Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week, and attend classes in college one day a week. They are also given three weeks’ study leave each year.

Apprentices will be recent school leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate or employees who wish to work in a finance role. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before the 1st of July in the year of entry.


  • must have Leaving Certificate standard English and Maths at ordinary level
  • should normally have approximately 300 CAO points
  • Mature applicants (over 23) will be assessed individually to consider eligibility
  • Every eligibile application will be submitted to ATI and placements are organised by ATI

Note: Study of Accountancy at Leaving Certificate level is not a requirement

Apprentices commence with a two-year work contract, with wages paid by the employer. It is at the employer’s discretion to enhance the entry criteria for selection.

  • ‘on-the-job’ training combined with college tuition
  • Students ‘earn as you learn’ taking home  the full-time industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.
  • Large and small accountancy practices, service firms and industry employers have already committed to taking on school leavers as apprentices.

Successful graduates will receive generous exemptions on Chartered Accountants Ireland’s study programmes so that they can continue to progress their career within the profession. So by choosing the Praktikum route, they have the opportunity to become fully qualified Chartered Accountants in just five years.

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment.

They perform a wide range of roles including Bookkeeping, Financial Accounting & Budgeting, Costing & Credit Control, Payroll Administration and Tax Returns

I loved my marketing and event management course in CCOC. It is a great college where you get a lot of support and help from your tutors. It gave me the confidence to pursue higher education, which I am currently studying a degree in Marketing and Multimedia at the University of Roehampton.

Angela Eninš, Marketing and Event Management 2015

I am a 26 year old qualified accountant working in Quintas Partners in Cork City, I have this week took a senior accountant role within this firm which will give me the platform to progress in my career and achieve my goals I set in 2007 when I started my journey in Cork College of Commerce

Don Broderick, Accountant, Quintas Partners

CCOC provided me with the encouraging, supportive & motivating environment I needed to excel in my studies & progress to UWSTD where I completed my Marketing degree with just one further year study there. The high marks I received in my degree was testament to the three years I spent in CCOC being constantly challenged & supported by brilliant teachers, as is my job as a Marketing Executive.  The personal approach was one of my best aspects, everyone’s needs were catered for individually and there was no “one size fits all” attitude.

Teresa Lenane, Graduate of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea
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