Accounting Technician Apprenticeship (Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting)
- The full Accounting Technician Occupational Profile
- The detailed Recruitment Process
- The full Eligibility Guide and Application Advice
Then complete the ATI Online Application, carefully following the instructions.
ATI will follow up on your application directly.
What is the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship?
The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a two-year, work-based learning programme which leads to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting.
Places are awarded via a competitive interview process, where applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria (see below) are put forward to participating employers for consideration. If you are successful at interview stage, your new employer will issue you with a two-year contract and you start your apprenticeship in September 2018.
You will work four days a week in an office environment, and study one day a week at the Cork College of Commerce. You will be paid a salary of at least €18k a year, and enjoy fully funded college tuition fees.
You will emerge from the programme with a valuable qualification, which is strengthened by two years of practical work experience in accounting and finance.
Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for membership of ATI, the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians in Ireland and the provider of the highly sought-after MIATI designation.
What does an Accounting Technician do?
Maintaining a set of accounts is a fundamental element of any business from a sole trader to large multinationals.
An Accounting Technician supports all elements of accounts function, including income and expenditure, balance sheet transactions, statutory returns and payroll requirements.
The Accounting Technician is concerned with bookkeeping, and processes all accounts payable and receivable in order to prepare, or support the preparation of, periodic accounts. They record and monitor income and expenditure including accrued and deferred income.
The Accounting Technician completes regular bank reconciliations and accounts for/completes statutory returns. Regular analysis and reports are undertaken to contribute to producing accounts.
The Accounting Technician produces management accounts and supplies vital financial information as to the running of the Company. They have the ability to do costing and cost controls.
The Accounting Technician prepares company annual budgets and monitors the progress of this throughout the year. They prepare, or assist in the preparation of, company year-end financial statements.
Is this programme for me?
Firstly, you should have a clear motivation to become an Accounting Technician and develop a career in accountancy. It is important to consider why you are interested in the programme, and what is it about accounting that appeals to you as a career path!
To succeed at interview stage, you must also be able to demonstrate:
- Motivation to learn and achieve.
- Dedicated class and work attendance.
- Proficient time management.
- Reliability when on the job.
- Professional etiquette.
- Ability to work as part of a team and use your own initiative.
The minimum eligibility criteria are as follows:
Leaving Cert students and applicants under 23
Leaving Certificate students 2017 and 2018 should have at least 310 CAO points and at least an O5 grade in English and Maths or Accountancy. If you are sitting your Leaving Cert in June 2018, you can apply for the programme with your mock results, but any final offer will be subject to your Leaving Cert results.
For applicants aged under 23 who sat the Leaving Cert in 2014, 2015 or 2016, this is 300 CAO points and a D3 in Ordinary Level English and Maths of Accountants.
Applications have to be made directly to ATI at www.accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie
If you undertook a PLC course after your Leaving Cert, you are considered a Previous Qualification Holder, and should provide details on your application form. See the Previous Qualification Holder Eligibility Guide below.
The levels listed below refer to the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in the Republic of Ireland.
Mature learners (23 and above) with previous qualifications
Mature learners are eligible to apply. Previous qualification holders should provide details of their qualifications during the application process.
Applicants with no previous qualifications
Where an applicant has no (formal) qualification, eligibility will be determined through a series of questions.
Generally this will be done during the ATI telephone interview but it can be done in person where appropriate.
Enhanced Eligibility Criteria
All applicants should bear in mind that individual employers have the discretion to enhance the entrance criteria beyond the minimum academic standards.
2 years (college classes one day per week, work at employers office 4 days per week)
Apprentices graduate as fully qualified Accounting Technicians with a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting.
There are no fees payable.
- 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.
- 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.
- ‘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 from study with professional accountancy bodies e.g. Chartered, CPA, ACCA etc.
Accounting Technicians perform a wide range of roles including bookkeeping, financial accounting and taxation across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self employment.
On successful completion of the apprenticeship a person may apply to do further study with one of the professional bodies
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