This course is geared towards applicants who are looking to develop a professional career in accounting. Accounting Technician Apprentices work four days a week with the employer and study one day a week with the college, on a two-year contract.

It is a two year paid apprenticeship which combines ‘on-the-job’ work experience with academic study.

If you would like to become an Accounting Technician Apprenticeship (Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting) in September 2021, please read the information on this page, and visit to read:

  • 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 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 2021.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications have to be made directly to ATI at

The minimum eligibility criteria are as follows:

School-leavers should have a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in:

  • Five ordinary level subjects (including an O6 in English and Maths or Accountancy.) or
  • Two ordinary level and two higher level subjects (including an O6 in English and Maths or Accountancy.) or
  • Applied Leaving Certificate applicants should contact the Student Services Team on 01 649 8180 for further information.

Mature & Prior learners who have reached 21 years of age but do not possess the minimum educational requirements may still apply to do the course based on age, experience or a nationally recognised qualification such as a QQI award.

Note: It is at the employer’s discretion to enhance the entry criteria for selection. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and being offered an apprenticeship contract by a registered employer.

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.

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.
  • Business 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.
  • Financial Data Management

For each module studied, the assessment will include the combination of written examinatins in May/June and compltion of work-based tasks.

  • Students will work at their employer’s office for four days per week. The employer led recruitment process is organised and managed by ATI.
  • 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.

CIT/MTU: Accounting (CR400) Year 3 (bridging modules required),
IT Tralee/MTU: Business (Accounting) (TL831) Year 2 Entry.

Accounting Technicians perform a wide range of roles including Bookkeeping, Financial Accounting and Taxation.

On successful completion of the Apprenticeship, a person may apply to do further study with one of the professional bodies.

  • Duration and Work Placement: Students will work at their employer’s office for four days per week. The employer led recruitment process is organised and managed by ATI.
  • Fees: There are no fees payable.
  • Certification: Participants graduate as fully qualified Accounting Technicians, with a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Award. ATI x IACT Excel certification
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