Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)

Rathmines College has a long tradition of offering accredited Professional Accounting courses leading to excellent career opportunities in many accounting and finance sectors

Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)

To prepare students for work in the world of Accountancy and Finance.

Please note: some courses may involve remote teaching next year depending on Covid and the instruction from the HSE.

Key Information
2 Year
Full time
CAT Award
September 2022 - May 2024
Course requirements
  • This course is open entry. No prior exams are required.
  • Mature applicants are welcome
  • All applicants whose first language is not English may be tested at entry
  • All applicants may be interviewed
  • Use of a computer / laptop and
    Wi-Fi are desirable
Course modules
  • MA1 Management Information
  • FA1 Recording Financial Transactions
  • MA2 Managing Costs and Finance
  • FA2 Maintaining Financial Records
  • BT Business and Technology
  • FFA Financial Accounting
  • FMA Management Accounting

Plus Any Two of:

  • FTX Foundations in Taxation
  • FAU Foundations in Financial Management
  • FAU Foundations in Audit


  • Foundations in Professionalism (Online with ACCA)
  • One Year of Practical Experience
Education Progression

On successful completion of Year I students may transfer to the Diploma in Accounting and Business (ACCA) Entry Level 1

We are extremely proud to recognise the outstanding academic achievements of a number of our students:

2011/2012: Michaela Krieblova
Paper MA2, Managing Costs and Finance (3rd in Ireland and joint 15th in the world)

Paper MA1, Management Information (1st in Ireland and 2nd in the world)

2012/2013: Brendan Fitzpatrick
Paper MA 1, Management Information, Brendan (joint 1st in Ireland and joint 5th in the world)

Paper MA2, Managing Costs and Finance (2nd place in Ireland and 11th place in the world)

Paper FA1, Recording Financial Transactions (joint 3rd in Ireland and joint 5th in the world)

Paper FA2, Maintaining Financial Records (1st place in Ireland and 5th place worldwide)

Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of all our programmes. The College assists students in finding suitable work placements and monitors and assesses their performance in the work place.

Career Opportunites

An Accountancy qualification leads to many career opportunities across many business and finance sectors. Graduates can focus on a diverse range of areas in accountancy, from bookkeeping to audit and payroll. Rathmines College graduates are well placed to enter many companies, at home or abroad, or progress to university degrees


The Level 5 Business and Finance course was the perfect choice for me. The course modules are extremely appropriate to so many areas of business and the teaching staff have always been very helpful and supportive. I am now really enjoying my NCI Level 8 Degree course in Business and planning on doing a H. Dip in Further Education
Roisin Kearns
Looking back on my time in Rathmines College it was a year which changed my life. I was so lucky to be successful in getting the Central Bank of Ireland Bridging the Gap Programme. Today, I am working in the Central Bank as well as studying for a BA in Business in Griffith College.
Calum Osborne
Course Fees
Course Fee

Exam fee & Registration fee paid directly to ACCA & IATI

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