Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)

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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
CAT Award
September 2022 - May 2024
Course requirements
  • Applicants are required to have Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent. Some exemptions may be granted based on Leaving Certificate results.
  • Applications from mature students are welcome.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry.
  • All applicants will be interviewed.
Course modules
  • MA1 – Management Information
  • FA1 – Recording Financial Transactions
  • MA2 – Managing Costs and Finance
  • FA2 – Maintaining Financial Records
  • FAB – Accountant in Business
  • FFA – Financial Accounting
  • FMA – Management Accounting
  • FAU – Foundations in Audit
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


Spending an extra year doing my QQI Level 5 in Business and IT was the best decision for me. The help and support from teachers was great. I felt like I had more potential after graduating from Business and IT and the course led me to now studying Business, Economics and Social Studies (BESS) in Trinity.
Noman Javed
Course Fees
Apply Online and Registration Deposit
VTOS Students Exempt
Full Academic Year Fees
VTOS Students Exempt

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