Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals and as such must complete a professional qualification.
The Diploma for Accounting Technicians consists of two elements, which can be completed simultaneously or at different stages:
- Two year programme of study
- Two year work based learning
Depending on your circumstances, the qualification can be studied full-time, part-time or on a correspondence basis, allowing students to study at a pace that fits their lives.
To gain entry to the qualification students who are under 21 must meet certain academic requirements in their Leaving Certificate, though these requirements are less restrictive than most third level courses. For those 21 or over, they can gain entry as a mature student and are not required to provide any academic qualifications.
Accounting Technicians Ireland courses are available at over 70 colleges throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. These currently include VECs and Institutes of Technology, and leading private and community colleges. Our programme is also delivered in the Republic of Ireland through FÁS in a number of their training centres and is free to the unemployed.
In addition to passing exams, students must also have two years relevant work experience to complete the qualification. This gives potential employers the reassurance that graduates have the “on-the-job” skills to be effective as qualified Accounting Technicians and can apply practical experience to the theory they have learned in the classroom. Work experience requirements are based on two years full-time employment (or the equivalent part-time) and can be gained at any time from before, during or after you have completed your exams.
The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is fully approved as a Level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This equates to a Level 6/7 on the National Framework of Qualifications in the Republic of Ireland.
The course is structured to maximise exemptions with leading professional accountancy bodies such as Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, and IIPA.