Accounting Technician Apprenticeship - ATI

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Entry Requirements

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 July in the year of entry.


  • Must have Leaving Certificate standard English and Maths
  • Should have a minimum of 300 CAO points

Note: Study of Accountancy at Leaving Certificate level is not a requirement

Course Modules

Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week, and attend classes at Rathmines College 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:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Law and Ethics
  • Business Management
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Integrated Accounting Systems
  • Management Accounting

Introducing the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

Accounting Technicians Ireland is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians on the Island of Ireland. With offices in Dublin and Belfast, and strong links with other professional bodies such as Chartered Accountants Ireland, the organisation supplies high-calibre Accounting Technician graduates to industry, practice and the public sector. Many progress to the highest levels in their field.

Accounting Technicians Ireland is launching the first Apprenticeship Council-approved Accountancy Apprenticeship in the Republic of Ireland, commencing September 2016. The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship aims to provide young school-leavers and employees with a fast-track path to a career in accounting, which blends solid work experience with quality academic tuition.

Apprentices graduate as fully qualified Accounting Technicians, with the opportunity to progress to Level 9 studies with Chartered Accountants Ireland after just two years.


‘On-the-job’ training combined with college tuition.

Students ‘earn as they learn’, taking home the full-time industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.

Large and small accountancy practices, service firms and industry employers are taking on school leavers as apprentices.

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 graduate with the Diploma for Accounting Technicians, a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.

Government funding levels for the programme to be confirmed shortly.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before July 1 in the year of entry.

Applicants must have a pass grade in LC English and Maths at Ordinary Level to be considered for the apprenticeship. Leaving Certificate Accountancy is not a requirement.

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.

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