Take the next step in your career with the internationally-recognised two-year Diploma for Accounting Technicians. Gain increased earning power and in-demand financial skills with this island-wide qualification for Accounting Technicians.

Do you like working with numbers? Are you logical and a problem solver? If yes, then this could be the career for you. From Accounts Associate to Financial Manager, qualified Accounting Technicians fill a variety of roles and are highly sought-after by employers in the areas of accountancy, finance and taxation, as well as in consulting and advisory.

At Cork College of Commerce, we offer both the Year 1 Certificate (this page) and the Year 2 Diploma programme, in partnership with Accounting Technicians Ireland.

Who is this program for?

  • Career-changers moving to an accounting and finance role
  • School-leavers and recent graduates looking to kick-start their career
  • Accountancy professionals seeking a qualification
  • Professionals wishing to upskill their knowledge of accounts and finance

Visit https://www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie/study-ati for further information.

View the full syllabus here.

Develop a strong foundation in business and accountancy. This initial one-year programme is the first step to qualify as an Accounting Technician and enables progression to the Diploma. It is a Level 4 Certificate Award accredited by CCEA and equates to a Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications in the Republic of Ireland.

The programme is divided into four modules assessed via remotely invigilated online exams. Updated every year with the newest legislative and taxation changes, the Accounting Technicians Ireland syllabus equips you with employable business skills, and a strong technical knowledge of finance and accountancy practice:

  • Financial Accounting: Gain an understanding of the principles and concepts of financial accounting, technical competency in double-entry bookkeeping, and preparation of financial statements for various types of reporting entities.
  • Taxation (ROI/NI): Develop both an understanding of, and technical skills, in personal and business taxation.
  • Business Law (ROI/NI): Gain an understanding of the key concepts and fundamental principles of law in the context of business and commercial activities.
  • Business Management: Develop knowledge and understanding of business organisations and functions, information systems in business, modern management, leadership, corporate governance, professional ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

Spreadsheet Methods: Students can also avail of a supporting excel course, Spreadsheet Methods, directly with Accounting Technicians Ireland. This course provides a comprehensive overview of Microsoft Excel to help you prepare for the modern workplace. This course is beginner’s level with no prior knowledge of Excel needed. Students are required to attend the 10 core tutorial hours which is part of the Financial Accounting module. Students have the option of sitting the final Spreadsheet Method exam to achieve the ATI/IACT Excel Certification.

QQI  Level 5 Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354 – Learn to record business transactions, post to ledgers and draw up a trial balance using both a manual accounting system and a computerised package.

Learning outcomes

  • Professional foundation in accountancy and business
  • Important digital-skills for the workplace
  • Increased skillset to advance your career
  • Opportunity to progress to Diploma level

For further information, contact:

Email Accounting Technicians Ireland: enquiry@accountingtechniciansireland.ie
Email Cork College of Commerce: accounting@ccoc.ie
Telephone Cork College of Commerce: (021) 4223808
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If you are under 21 years of age, you should possess one of the following:

  • 5 Ordinary level Leaving Certificate grades (including an O6 in English, and Maths or Accounting)
  • 2 Higher level and 2 Ordinary Leaving Certificate grades (including an O6 in English, and Maths or Accounting)

If you are over 21 years of age, but don’t possess the minimum educational requirements, you are welcome to register as a mature learner, based on age and experience.

Prior Learning may also provide an entry route for applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria. Those who have successfully completed a nationally recognised qualification such as a QQI award in the Republic of Ireland, or QCA and BTEC National Diploma in Northern Ireland, may be eligible to register.

Prior Learning may be recognised for exemption purposes from the programme. If you think you may be eligible for an exemption, then you can apply for one during the registration process with Accounting Technicians Ireland. The Institute will then review your exemption request and you will be notified as to whether your request was successful, and you can choose to resume your registration.

If you have completed relevant qualifications within the last six years, you may be eligible for exemptions from select Year 1 exams. To be considered for exemptions, relevant qualifications must be a minimum of QQI Level 6 in the Republic of Ireland (or higher).

Progression opportunities available for study with the following accounting bodies (exemptions available):

  • Accounting Technician Diploma
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland, CPA, ACCA, CIMA
  • MTU Cork: Accounting (MT942) Year 3 (bridging modules required)
  • MTU Kerry: Business (Accounting) (MT941) Year 2 Entry.

You also have the opportunity to transfer to the penultimate or final year of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting or Finance from a number of higher education institutions.

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.

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 are available from examinations of some of the professional accountancy bodies.

Accounting Technicians fill a wide range of positions including:

  • Accounts Manager
  • Audit Associate
  • Financial Assistant
  • Credit Controller
  • Payroll Manager
  • Tax Advisor
  • General Ledger Accountant
  • Budgeting Analyst
  • Financial Controller
  • Assistant Accountant

While the Accounting Technician qualification is in itself a passport to a rewarding career, graduates also benefit from significant exemptions from programmes offered by all of the main professional accountancy bodies in Ireland.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Fees: €1030. These costs include ATI  registration, reources and examination fees. Medical card holders exempt from €20. See payment for details.
  • Certification:
    • Certificate for Accounting Technicians
    • QQI component certification
    • ATI/IACT Excel Certification
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake a mandatory 5 week work placement.
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