Study Options & Fees

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

Online Registration Now Open!

Our Online Registration System for September enrolments to the Certificate and Diploma for Accounting Technicians is now open!

You don’t have to complete registration in one go – you can save it and complete it later on.

So click here to get started, or read on to learn more about our study options.

Our Study Options

Accounting Technicians Ireland offers four study options for students to choose from, and each is designed to suit a range of different demands.

Whichever option you choose, your learning will involve a combination of academic study and work experience.

4 study options

1. Full-time Study

Full-time courses are available through a number of Approved Partner colleges and training centres. Certificate (One Year) and often Diploma (Two Year) courses are available, and jobseekers may be eligible for funding.

Please contact your local Employment Services Office (Intreo) to check your eligibility and discuss the training options available.


2. Part-time Study

Part-time study normally involves evening lectures twice weekly, though some Approved Partner colleges deliver day-time options.

If you choose to study part-time, you can work during the day and study by night, gaining valuable experience for your qualification.

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3. Online

We have taken the high standards we have set in course content and tutor support, and combined them with the finest online learning resources.

Our Accounting Technicians Part-time Online Programme offers our in-demand qualification, delivered in a modern and flexible way.

Studying online allows you to set your own pace but you are not learning alone. As well as the recorded lecture in every subject each week, you have the ongoing support of our dedicated online tutors.

There are also virtual classes, face-to-face weekends, subject and student forums and subject assessments throughout the year.

Sharon Lynch graduated as a Member of Accounting Technicians Ireland via ATI Online. Watch her story below!

Commencing September 2018, lectures are released on Mondays and run for a total of 26 weeks. There are three weekend face-to-face sessions in November, January and March.

Funded Online Training for jobseekers at Tallaght Training Centre

Tallaght Online Training Centre also provides the Certificate and Diploma for Accounting Technicians online.

The programme is available free to qualifying jobseekers and those looking to reskill. Please see for information.

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4. Apprenticeship

We now run our apprenticeship programmes Island-wide, with six locations in the North and seven in the Republic of Ireland.

In the North, the programme is a Higher-Level Apprenticeship in Accounting & Finance, while in the Republic, we offer the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship.

In both cases, you will be employed in an accountancy practice or an organisation with a suitable accounts department for two years. And you will pay no college fees!

You will gain lots of valuable knowledge, practical skills and work experience as well as an internationally recognised qualification gained on a day release basis.

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

Sophie Ellis is working four days a week with Grant Thornton and studying one day a week at Coláiste Íde. Click above to watch her story!

Interested in the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship? Click here for more information!

Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy

“The Apprenticeship successfully combined the required assessment elements of external examinations and work-based learning to award me with an industry-recognised qualification in the field of accountancy, all within a period of just two years.”

Lara Salmon, Graduate from the Higher Level Apprentice at Belfast Metropolitan College

Interested in the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy? Click here for more details!


Students pay both professional fees to Accounting Technicians Ireland and tuition fees to the college where they choose to study.

Professional fees cover student registration, exam fees, course materials and other student supports. Please note that tuition and college fees can vary depending on college chosen.

Accounting Technicians Ireland offers a stepped payment facility, which allows students to spread the cost of their payments over three instalments during the course of the academic year. This facility is only available to students who register online.

Financial Assistance

Financial education assistance is available for eligible students in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland

In the event that you have applied or been approved for funding of any type, please contact us directly in advance of registration on (0)1 649 8180 or email

Full details of fees are available in our Prospectus.

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In some cases students may gain exemptions from particular exam subjects. You may apply for exemptions from some or all First Year subjects if you have completed other relevant qualifications within the last 6 years.

Relevant qualifications must be FETAC Level 6 in the Republic of Ireland or QCF Level 4 in Northern Ireland (or higher) in order to be considered from exemptions. Please note that exemptions are not available for Second Year subjects.

There is a charge of €50/£40 to accept exemptions that have been offered.

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

Online Registration Now Open!

Our Online Registration System for September 2018 enrolments to the Certificate and Diploma for Accounting Technicians is now open!

You don’t have to complete registration in one go – you can save it and complete it later on.

So click here to get started!