• CODEJG-JH - Year One / JE - Year 2
  • CERTIFICATIONAccounting Technicians Ireland (ATI)
  • DURATIONTwo Years


Bray Institute of Further Education is one of the colleges nationwide which will offer the National
Accounting Technician Apprenticeship.
The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a practical route to a rewarding career in
accountancy where participants put their learning into practice, mentored in both college and
the workplace. They get paid at least €24,765 a year and tuition costs are fully funded and with three weeks paid study leave.

This programme will suit:
• School-leavers (18-22 years old) who prefer practical training to full-time academic study.
• Mature learners (aged 23 or above) who are looking to change career or move into a finance role.
• Employees who are already working with a participating employer.

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 2024.

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. 

Programme of Study

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

Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

The main entry criteria are 300 CAO (or equivalent) points with a pass (O6) in Leaving Certificate English and either Leaving Certificate Mathematics or Accounting (within the last  5 years).  

A pass in Accounting is not a requirement. For those who sat the Leaving Certificate  

in the past five years, the main entry criteria are 300 CAO (or equivalent) points with a D3 in Ordinary Level English and Maths or Accountancy 

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. 

Apprentices will be recent school-leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate, or employees who wish to work in a finance role. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before the 1st of September in the year of entry to the programme.

Career Opportunities
  • Accounting Practice 
  • Financial Services 
  • Taxation
  • Accounting positions in both Private & Public Sectors
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include: 

  • 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

Jack Carroll

Where are they now?

"I would highly recommend the ATI course in BIFE. The course itself is challenging but with the help of the lecturers and the college you will never be stuck. The exam prep is great and will ensure that you are 100% ready. The level of support offered is fantastic and the small class sizes ensure that everyone can receive the help they need. I started the ATI course with no prior experience and was anxious about how I would do, however two years later I am finished, I am working in O’Regan & Co and have started the Chartered Accountants course. For anyone who is unsure of what to do or where to do, I would definitely consider the ATI course in BIFE" - Jessica Adams

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