Accounting Technicians

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This course will allow participants to gain an accounting qualification that is recognised both nationally and internationally.
Nick O’Callaghan
Tel: (021) 4223807

2 year

Certificate for Accounting Technicians (After Year 1)
Diploma for Accounting Technicians (After Year 2)

Approximately €1200 per year for both years, these costs include IATI registration and examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €200)


Year 1: Financial Accounting, Taxation, Law & Ethics, Business Management, Spreadshees QQI, Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised (with Sage)QQI.

Year 2: Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Taxation, Integrated Accounting Systems (with Sage), Management Accounting.

School leavers must have a Leaving Certificate with pass grade in 5 Ordinary level subjects (including English and either Mathematics or Accounting), or pass grades in Ordinary level subjects together with 2 pass grades at Higher level (pass grades to include English and either Mathematics or Accounting). For mature applicants who have reached 21 years of age (by 1st January of the year in which they wish to commence the course), experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

  • 3 week work placement
  • Professional guest lecturers
  • Selected students have the opportunity to participate in the Pitstop and Frontrunner Leadership Programmes from Common Purpose
  • Training in Excel Spreadsheets and Sage Accounts Software

Great progression links to UCC, CIT and other Higher Education colleges, see our Progressions for details.
Students may also opt for further study with professional accountancy bodies.

Accounting Technicians can perform a wide range of finance roles in industry ranging from accounts assistant roles up to financial controller roles. They also can work in an accounting practice in auditing or taxation roles ranging from junior assistant up to manager levels. Exemptions may be available from examinations of some of the professional accountancy bodies.

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