Take the next step in your career with the internationally-recognised two-year Diploma for Accounting Technicians. Gain increased earning power and in-demand financial skills with this island-wide qualification for Accounting Technicians.

Do you like working with numbers? Are you logical and a problem solver? If yes, then this could be the career for you. From Accounts Associate to Financial Manager, qualified Accounting Technicians fill a variety of roles and are highly sought-after by employers in the areas of accountancy, finance and taxation, as well as in consulting and advisory.

At Cork College of Commerce, we offer both the Year 1 Certificate and the Year 2 Diploma programme (this page), in partnership with Accounting Technicians Ireland.

Who is this program for?

  • Career-changers moving to an accounting and finance role
  • School-leavers and recent graduates looking to kick-start their career
  • Accountancy professionals seeking a qualification
  • Professionals wishing to upskill their knowledge of accounts and finance

Visit https://www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie/study-ati for further information.

View Frequently Asked Questions on this course.

View the full syllabus here

The programme builds on the learnings from the Certificate with four advanced modules assessed via remotely invigilated online exams, with two supporting work-practice modules. Updated every year with the newest legislative and taxation changes, the Accounting Technicians Ireland syllabus equips you with
employable business skills, and a strong technical knowledge of finance and accountancy practice.

  • Advanced Financial Accounting: Build on the competencies gained in the Year 1 Financial Accounting module and acquire an understanding of relatively advanced financial accounting transactions and events, and develop practical skills in preparing and interpreting financial statements.
  • Advanced Taxation (ROI/NI): Build on the competencies gained in the Year 1 Taxation module and develop a deeper knowledge and practical skills in more advanced taxation issues for individuals, businesses, and corporate entities.
  • Management Accounting: Develop an understanding and technical competency in costing, planning, control, and decision making to support key business functions and activities.
  • Financial Data Management: Gain (i) an understanding of data management and analysis, and (ii) the practical skills to apply software techniques and methods in support of analysis and resolution of financial accounting, management accounting and taxation issues on a multidisciplinary basis.
  • Work-Practice Module Level 4 and Level 5: To obtain the Diploma for Accounting Technicians, in addition to successfully completing all Year 1 and Year 2 core study modules, learners must complete two work-practice modules and two years’ relevant work experience. This is to apply and consolidate learning within a workplace environment. If you are actively working in an accounting or finance related role you can begin engaging with the Work-Practice Module Level 4 as soon as you commence your studies. If you’re not currently in a role that would enable you to meet the work-practice requirements, this can be completed following study.

Spreadsheet Methods: Students can also avail of a supporting Advanced Excel course, Spreadsheet Methods, directly with Accounting Technicians Ireland. This course provides a comprehensive overview of advanced Microsoft Excel to help you prepare for the modern workplace. This course is follow on from the Spreadsheet Methods course on the Certificate course. Students are required to attend the 10 core tutorial hours which is part of the Financial Data Management module. Students have the option of sitting the final Spreadsheet Method exam to achieve the ATI/IACT Excel Certification.

Learning outcomes

  • In-depth accounting and finance skills
  • Important digital-skills for the workplace
  • Applied work experience through work-based learning modules
  • Employable skillset to advance your career
  • Eligibility to join ATI’s professional Members’ network
  • Opportunity to continue further studies with exemptions in professional accountancy or to degree level

For further information, contact:

Email Accounting Technicians Ireland: enquiry@accountingtechniciansireland.ie
Email Cork College of Commerce: accounting@morrisonsislandcampus.ie
Telephone Cork College of Commerce: (021) 4223808
Or send us a message and we will get back to you.

Please note that in order to progress to the Second Year of our programme (Diploma), you must successfully complete (or be exempted from) at least three First Year (Accounting Techincian Certificate.) subjects, to include both Financial Accounting and Taxation.

It is not possible to commence Second Year (Diploma) until you have fulfilled this requirement.

If you have any queries in this regard, please contact Student Services at (01) 649 8180 or students@accountingtechniciansireland.ie

Progression opportunities available for study with the following accounting bodies (exemptions available):

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland, CPA, ACCA, CIMA
  • MTU Cork: Accounting (MT942) Year 3 (bridging modules required)
  • MTU Kerry: Business (Accounting) (MT941) Year 2 Entry.

You also have the opportunity to transfer to the penultimate or final year of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting or Finance from a number of higher education institutions.

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.

Accounting Technicians can perform a wide range of finance roles in industry ranging from accounts assistant roles up to financial controller roles. They also can work in an accounting practice in auditing or taxation roles ranging from junior assistant up to manager levels.

Accounting Technicians fill a wide range of positions including:

  • Accounts Manager
  • Audit Associate
  • Financial Assistant
  • Credit Controller
  • Payroll Manager
  • Tax Advisor
  • General Ledger Accountant
  • Budgeting Analyst
  • Financial Controller
  • Assistant Accountant

While the Accounting Technician qualification is in itself a passport to a rewarding career, graduates also benefit from significant exemptions from programmes offered by all of the main professional accountancy bodies in Ireland.

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