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. 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 2019. You will work four days a week in an office environment, and study one day a week at Ó Fiaich Institute. You will be paid a salary of at least €19k a year, and enjoy fully funded college tuition fees. 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. An Accounting Technician supports all elements of accounts function, including income and expenditure, balance sheet transactions, statutory returns and payroll requirements. The Accounting Technician is concerned with bookkeeping, and processes 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. The Accounting Technician completes regular bank reconciliations and accounts for/completes statutory returns. Regular analysis and reports are undertaken to contribute to producing accounts. The Accounting Technician 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. The Accounting Technician 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.

Entry Requirements - The minimum eligibility criteria are as follows:

Leaving Cert students and applicants under 23

Leaving Certificate students 2017 to 2019 should have at least 310 CAO points and at least an O5 grade in English and Maths or Accountancy. If you are sitting your Leaving Cert in June 2019, you can apply for the programme with your mock results, but any final offer will be subject to your Leaving Cert results.

For applicants aged under 23 who sat the Leaving Cert before 2017, 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. See the Previous Qualification Holder Eligibility Guide below.

The levels listed below refer to the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in the Republic of Ireland.

Level 4 or Lower Not Eligible Not Eligible
Level 5 Eligible Eligible
Level 6 Eligible Not Eligible
Level 7 Eligible Not Eligible 

Mature learners (23 and above) with previous qualification

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.

Commitments and study

The duration of this programme is two years from the commencement date in September 2019. 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 2019, please visit to read:

  • The full Accounting Technician Occupational Profile
  • The detailed Recruitment Process
  • The full Eligibility Guide and Application Advice

Then complete the Online Application, carefully following the instructions.
ATI will follow up on your application directly.



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