• Code: JG - JH

Programme Title: Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

(Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting)

What is the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship?

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a two-year, work-based learning programme which leads to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting.

You will work four days a week in an office environment, and study one day a week at Bray Institute of Further Education. You will be paid a salary of at least €18k a year, and enjoy fully funded college tuition fees.

Places are awarded via a competitive interview process, where applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria (see below) are put forward to participating employers for consideration. If you are successful at interview stage, your new employer will issue you with a two-year contract and you start your apprenticeship in September 2018.

You will emerge from the programme with a valuable qualification, which is strengthened by two years of practical work experience in accounting and finance.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for membership of ATI, the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians in Ireland and the provider of the highly sought-after MIATI designation.

What does an Accounting Technician do?

  • Maintaining a set of accounts is a fundamental element of any business from a sole trader to large multinationals.
  • Supports all elements of accounts function, including income and expenditure, balance sheet transactions, statutory returns and payroll requirements.
  • Bookkeeping and all accounts payable and receivable in order to prepare, or support the preparation of, periodic accounts. They record and monitor income and expenditure including accrued and deferred income.
  • Completes regular bank reconciliations and accounts for/completes statutory returns. Regular analysis and reports are undertaken to contribute to producing accounts.
  • Produces management accounts and supplies vital financial information as to the running of the Company. They have the ability to do costing and cost controls.
  • Prepares company annual budgets and monitors the progress of this throughout the year. They prepare, or assist in the preparation of, company year-end financial statements.

Is this programme for me?

Firstly, you should have a clear motivation to become an Accounting Technician and develop a career in accountancy. It is important to consider why you are interested in the programme, and what is it about accounting that appeals to you as a career path!

To succeed at interview stage, you must also be able to demonstrate:

  • Motivation to learn and achieve.
  • Dedicated class and work attendance.
  • Proficient time management.
  • Reliability when on the job.
  • Professional etiquette.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and use your own initiative.

Commitments and study:

The duration of this programme is two years from the commencement date in September 2018. You should be able to commit to completing the programme syllabus while working in full-time employment over the two years.

You will be attending off-the-job training at college one day and working with an employer four days during college term time (on-the-job training) on a weekly basis. Outside of college term, you will be working five days a week.

Additional home study will be needed to ensure success in the programme.

You are entitled to three weeks’ study leave from your employer each year, and you will be required to sit the ATI exams in May each year.

What next?

If you would like to become an Accounting Technician Apprenticeship in September 2018, please visit www.accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie to read:

  1. The full Accounting Technician Occupational Profile
  2. The detailed Recruitment Process
  3. The full Eligibility Guide and Application Advice

Then complete the Online Application, carefully following the instructions.

ATI will follow up on your application directly.

How does this programme work?

Apprentices study at our college one day a week, and then put their learnings into practice while working in an office four days a week.

Apprentices are mentored on the college side by our experienced lecturers.

Accounting Technicians Ireland is managing the recruitment process for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship. Interested applicants should first visit www.accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie , where they will find programme information, eligibility requirements, the application form and tips and advice on completing it.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements are forwarded to prospective employers for consideration, and successful applicants will commence with a two-year Apprenticeship contract in September 2018.

Key Facts
  • The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a two-year, work-based programme that enables the participant to earn while they learn.
  • It is a new route to a career in professional accountancy for those who prefer practical training to a full-time college course. 
  • It also provides new options for employees who wish to work in a finance role. 
  • Apprentices commence with a two-year work contract, with wages paid by the employer. It is at the employer’s discretion to enhance the entry criteria for selection.
  • Apprentices work at their employer’s office four days a week and attend classes at a local college one day a week.
  • Apprentices earn the standard industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.
  • Apprentices’ progress is monitored by mentors in both the workplace and the college.
  • The apprenticeship caters to a growing trend among businesses looking to school-leavers to meet an increase in activity.
  • Apprentices who successfully complete the programme may be eligible to progress to Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Entry Requirements
Eligibility Criteria: The minimum eligibility criteria are as follows:
Leaving Cert students and applicants under 23:

Leaving Certificate students 2017 and 2018 should have at least 310 CAO points and at least an O5 grade in English and Maths or Accountancy. Leaving Cert 2018 students can apply for the programme with mock results, but any final offer will be subject to Leaving Cert results.

For applicants aged under 23 who sat the Leaving Cert in 2014, 2015 or 2016, this is 300 CAO points and a D3 in Ordinary Level English and Maths of Accountants.

If you undertook a PLC course after your Leaving Cert, you are considered a Previous Qualification Holder, and should provide details on your application form. Previous Qualification Holders do not need to provide Leaving Cert points, a pass in a PLC Level 5 or 6 is sufficient for our entry requirements.

Mature learners (23 and above) with previous qualifications: Mature learners are eligible to apply. Previous qualification holders should provide details of their qualifications during the application process.

Applicants with no previous qualifications: Where an applicant has no (formal) qualification, eligibility will be determined through a series of questions. Generally this will be done during the ATI telephone interview but it can be done in person where appropriate.

Enhanced Eligibility Criteria: All applicants should bear in mind that individual employers have the discretion to enhance the entrance criteria beyond the minimum academic standards.

Programme of Study

Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week, and attend classes at BRAY INSTITUTE OF FURTHER EDUCATION one day a week. They are also given three weeks’ study leave each year. The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is awarded upon successful completion of the programme. Programme modules include:

Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week, and attend classes at BIFE one day a week. They are also given three weeks’ study leave each year. The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is awarded upon successful completion of the programme. Programme modules include:

  • • · Bookkeeping and accounting systems
  • • · Accounts preparation
  • • · Conceptual and regulatory frameworks
  • • · How to prepare financial statements
  • • · Business functions and management
  • • · Business ethics, CSR, Law and Corporate Governance
  • • · Tax Administration, Tax Management, Personal Taxation, PAYE, VAT
  • • · Payroll, spreadsheets and budgeting
Career Opportunities
  • · Accounting Practice
  • · Financial Services
  • · Taxation
  • · Accounting positions in both Private & Public Sectors.
Higher Education Progression*
  • · Higher Accountancy professional qualification including Chartered Accountants Ireland,
  • · Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA),
  • · Association of Tax Technicians,
  • · Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA),
  • · Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA),
  • · Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants (IIPA).
Course Co-Ordinator

Shirley Brooks

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