Accounting Technician Year 1

Aim of the Course

This full-time course provides an opportunity to study for membership of the professional body, Accounting Technicians Ireland, which is sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. It provides a recognised business qualification for ambitious students planning to work at support level in the accounting area.


The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification is divided into two parts, each of which is a qualification in its own right. Successful completion of year 1 leads to an Accounting Technician Certificate and access to the Diploma qualification in year 2.

Both years are on level 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Learners who successful complete year 2 can apply for direct access to year 2 Honours Accounting Degree programmes at LIT, GMIT and other colleges.

Course Content

Year one

  • financial accounting I
  • taxation I
  • business management
  • law and ethics


Two years. Classes are timetabled between 9·00 am and 1·15 pm Monday to Friday.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess the Leaving Certificate or equivalent with a minimum of grade D (ordinary level) in at least five subjects including English and Mathematics or Accounting. If you are over twenty-one, you can apply to enrol as a mature student on the basis of your age and experience. Exemptions must be agreed by students with Accounting Technicians Ireland. The learner must be Garda vetted to avail of college facilities.


Students must pass the first year examination before taking the second year examination. There is a Summer and Autumn sitting for each examination.

Course Fees

Please see fees section.


First year students must register with Accounting Technicians Ireland. The fees payable to Accounting Technicians Ireland are detailed on the website:

Grants and Social Welfare:

Enquiries regarding maintenance grants: Please check the Student Universal Support System at and Social Welfare or the Back to Education Scheme, contact the Department of Family and Social Affairs, Ennis, Co. Clare.

It is imperative that recipients of Social Welfare payments contact the offices of the Department of Family and Social Affairs before commencing this course.

* All programmes are offered subject to sanction by DES and LCETB and minimum enrollment numbers.

About This Course

Course idAT1
Start date13 Sep 2021
CertificationAccounting Technicians Ireland Certificate
LocationCollege of FET Ennis Campus

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