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

As the course is NDP funded, there are no tuition fees. However, on registration in September students will have to pay the mandatory €200 contribution to the Department of Education and Skills and €100 for materials and photocopying. Students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €20 to the college with the application form. First year students must register with Accounting Technicians Ireland. The fees payable to Accounting Technicians Ireland are detailed on the website:

Means tested maintenance grants are available.

Grants and Social Welfare

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

About This Course

Course idAT1
Start date18 Sep 2017
CertificationAccounting Technicians Ireland Certificate
LocationEnnis College of Further Education

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