Accounting Technician

Course Points
Course Duration
2 Years
Course Level
Level 6
Course Start Date
Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Course Summary

This 2-year part-time course prepares students for the examinations of the Accounting Technicians Ireland as well as QQI Minor awards.

Important notice about this course

To qualify as an accounting technician you MUST have at least 2 years relevent and certified work experience in addition to passing all ATI assessments.

This course is an industry-recognised professional qualification that is aimed at helping participants enhance their career prospects. Students will learn how to:

  • Prepare financial statements, financial reports and other management information
  • Compute tax liabilities for companies and for individuals
  • Set up and manage systems for budgets, stock control, cost accounting, cash reconciliation
  • Set up and manage credit control procedures
  • Use computers effectively in business environment.

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Develop skills appropriate for a variety of careers including Accounts Assistant, Audit Assistant, Credit Controller, Payroll Assistant and Stock Controller
  • Acquire a solid understanding of the principles of financial and management accounting, taxation and business management
  • Possess practical and management skills necessary for the workplace.

In order to receive the Certificate for Accounting Technicians you must successfully complete the following subjects: Financial Accounting Taxation Law and Ethics Business Management


  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Business Management
  • Law and Ethics


  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Integrated Accounting Systems

Two evenings per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for two academic years.

In year 2 students will be required to attend classes one Saturday every month (9.30am - 3.30pm).

Accountant Technicians are highly regarded professionals equipped to work in a wide range of roles including book-keeping, accounts receivable/payable, payroll, VAT, credit control and assistant accountant.

Employers understand the benefits of recruiting qualified personnel and there is strong demand for qualified and part qualified technicians. Qualified Accounting Technicians may work at middle management level and may provide support services for senior management in within the accountancy profession.

This course was developed by the Accounting Technicians Ireland (IATI) which is a partner body of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI), which means that it has close links with the accounting profession as a whole and with major employers. The IATI qualification provides exemption route access to professional accounting.

The IATI qualification provides exemption route access to professional accounting. The Certificate for Accounting Technicians offers a progression pathway into the Diploma for Accounting Technicians.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Snaoibhe Bolger, Student Support Officer

A: Accounting Technicians Ireland, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

T: +353 1 649 8180

F: +353 1 633 6846

E:  or


Tuition fee payable to Dundalk Institute of Technology is €350.00 per module per annum.

Meanwhile fees payable to the Accounting Technicians Ireland for 2017 were:

YEAR 1: 

  • New Student Registration Fee - €170
  • Annual Student Fee (for existing students) - €85
  • Examination Fee (per subject) - €75
  • Exemption Fee (per subject) - €50
  • Course Manuals (per subject) - €65

YEAR 2: 

  • Annual Student Fee (for existing students) - €85
  • Examination Fee (per subject) - €75
  • Course Manuals (per subject) - €65
  • Integrated Accounting Systems - €120
  • Work Experience Assessment Fee - €175

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  • 5 passes at Leaving Certificate on ordinary level papers at Grade D or above (including English and Mathematics or Accountancy) or 4 passes at Leaving Certificate (of which at least two are on higher level papers) at Grade D or above (including English and Mathematics or Accountancy).
  • Participants over 21 years of age who do not meet the minimum education requirements but have gained suitable accounting work experience may still apply for consideration by the Institute.

This course is aimed at employees working alongside qualified accountants in business, industry, private practice and public sector.

If successful they may pursue further studies to qualify as professional accountants or registered auditors.

Snaoibhe Bolger (Student Support Officer, Accounting Technicians Ireland (IATI))
Phone: +353 1 649 8180

Lifelong Learning Centre
Phone: +353 42 9370290

Please note that in addition to passing their exams, students must also submit a Record of Work Experience detailing two years of relevant work experience, in order to complete the qualification.

Level 6
Duration 2 Years
Credits 120
School School of Business & Humanities
Department Management and Financial Studies
Awarding Body Accounting Technicians Ireland (
Fees €350 per module
Starting Date Tuesday 2nd October 2018
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