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Accounting Technicians Ireland is the leading Accounting Technician body with over 10,000 members andstudents across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Whatever your background is, the Certificate or Diploma for Accounting Technicians is tailored to fast track your career in accounting and finance.

Accounting Technicians Ireland awards two nationally and internationally recognised qualifications:

The Certificate for Accounting Technicians is awarded upon successful completion of the First Year and the Diploma for Accounting Technicians is awarded upon successful completion of both the First and Second Year, plus the completion of Work Experience requirements.

Work Experience requirements are based on Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria of the units which make up the Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma for Accounting Technicians.

Employers at home and abroad know that Accounting Technicians Ireland graduates have this real and relevant experience, which adds to the strength of our qualification over other ‘class-only’  courses.

Our graduates can go straight into an interview and discuss strengths which were developed ‘on-the-job’ as well as in the classroom.

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“I’d recommend the Accounting Technicians Ireland programme as it gives people a sense of what working in accounting and finance is like.It was really positive for me and gave me a self-confidence and inner pride that is one of the most valuable things I’ve taken into my career.”

Joe Bollard, Partner – Tax, EY

The Qualification

Whether you choose to study the Certificate or the Diploma for Accounting Technicians, our qualification will put you on the fast track to success in your accounting career. Both qualifications are designed to meet the strong and specific demand for qualified Accounting Technician professionals in all Irish sectors, and to support the continuing development of those already in employment.

Our syllabus has been carefully designed to equip graduates with an array of transferable business skills and a technical knowledge of finance and accountancy practice. The Work Experience component on the Diploma ensures graduates further increase their chances on the jobs market by bringing real, ‘on-the-job’ experience to interviews.

Ultimately the qualification increases employment opportunities for a broad range of accounting and finance roles and will enable progressive opportunities to senior financial management at a later stage of an Accounting Technician’s career. Moreover, it opens doors to further accounting studies via exemptions with professional bodies and higher education institutes.

In First Year students study:

This mix of subjects is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in business as well as a strong foundation in accountancy.

Second Year

Second Year modules can also be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The second year subjects are as follows:

On successful completion of Second Year, students may become Affiliate Members of Accounting Technicians Ireland, allowing them to maintain their professional affiliation while they complete the work experience requirement of the Diploma.


“The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification gives a very strong foundation in accounting. It equips you for business life, allowing you to manage and run a business at national and international level.”

Mark Fagan, Head of Operations & Financial Controller at Topcon Ireland & Northern Ireland


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Entry Requirements

School-leavers in the Republic of Ireland should have a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in:

Five ordinary level subjects (including English and Maths/Accountancy at either level.)


Two ordinary level and two higher level subjects (including English and Maths/Accountancy at either level.)


Applied Leaving Certificate applicants should contact the Student Services Team on 01 649 8180 for further information.

Please note – for Leaving Cert 2017 applicants, pass grade is O5. For Leaving Cert applicants of previous years, pass grade is D3.

School-leavers in Northern Ireland should have obtained one A-Level or two AS-Levels. Students should also have grades in English and at least one subject from Maths or Accountancy not lower than grade C at GCSE level.

Prior Learning may 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 QQI/FETAC award in the Republic of Ireland or QCA and BTEC National Diploma in Northern Ireland may be eligible to register.


If you have completed relevant qualifications within the last six years, you may be eligible for exemptions from certain first year exams.

To be considered for exemptions, these relevant qualifications must be a minimum of QQI Level 6 in the Republic of Ireland or Level 4 in Northern Ireland (or higher). Please note that exemptions are not available for second-year exams.

You can apply for exemptions free of charge, though there is a charge of €50/£40 to accept any exemptions that are offered. The closing date to apply for exemptions is October 2, 2017.

The application form, along with further information on Accounting Technicians Ireland’s exemption policy,  is available on

For further information on exemptions, please email


If you would like to register as a new student, the easiest way is to register online. The closing date for registration is October 27, 2017. However, to ensure that you receive your Course Materials in good time for class, it is advisable to register in the summer before classes start in September.

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If you register online, you can also avail of our stepped payment facility, which lets you spread your professional fees over three payments throughout the year.

If you need any further help, please feel free to contact us on 01 649 8180 or email We will be happy to guide you through the registration process and advise you on your nearest college and the course of study that is right for you.

So what are you waiting for? Take the first steps to a rewarding career as an Accounting Technician. After that, how far you go is up to you!