Accounting Technician Praktikum

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This new professional programme puts participants on the fast track towards a rewarding career in accountancy. It is the only Apprenticeship Council approved programme of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. It is geared towards school leavers who have just completed the Leaving Certificate and more mature applicants who are looking for a new professional career. It is a two year programme which combines ‘on-the-job’ work experience with academic study. Participants will work at their employers office four days a week and attend classes here in the college one day a week over two academic years.

Participants graduate as fully qualified Accounting Technicians, with the opportunity to progress to Level 9 studies with Chartered Accountants Ireland and other professional accounting bodies after just two years.

Accounting Technicians Ireland is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians on the Island of Ireland. With offices in Dublin and Belfast, and strong links with other professional bodies such as Chartered Accountants Ireland, the organisation supplies high-calibre Accounting Technician graduates to industry, practice and the public sector. Many progress to the highest levels in their field.

 The Accounting Technician Praktikum aims to provide young school-leavers and employees with a fast-track path to a career in accounting, which blends solid work experience with quality academic tuition.

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

Nick O’Callaghan
Tel: (021) 4223807

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.

  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Law and Ethics
  • Business Management
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Integrated Accounting Systems
  • Management Accounting

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

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

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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

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