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Accounting Apprenticeship

Is This Course For You?

Accounting Technicians Ireland is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians of the island of Ireland. 

With offices in Dublin and Belfast, and strong links with other professional bodies such as Chartered Accountants Ireland, the organization supplies high calibre Accounting Technician graduated to industry, practice and the public sector. Many progress to the highest levels in their field.

Thinking about a career in Accountancy?

Earn while you learn with the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship, delivered this September by Accounting Technicians Ireland in conjunction with Colaiste Ide. If you are a school-leaver or a mature student considering a career in Accountancy, then this programme could be the perfect route for you. You will work with a local business or practice four days a week in large or small accountancy practices, service firms and industry employers who are taking on students as apprentices.

You’ll earn while you learn, and your tuition will be paid by the State. You’ll emerge from the programme in two years’ time, with a nationally and internationally recognized qualification, solid work experience, and the opportunity to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

Entry Requirements

Recent School Leavers

Participants will be recent school leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate or mature learners and employees who wish to work in a finance role. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of entry. Applicants must have Leaving Certificate standard English and Maths at ordinary level and a minimum of 300 CAO points. Note: Study of Accountancy at Leaving Certificate level is not a requirement.

Mature Students

For mature students (over 23) a QQI Level 5 qualification and prior related experience will be taken into consideration. Participants commence with a two year work contract, with wages paid by the employer. It is the employer’s discretion to enhance the entry criteria for selection.

Course Content

Year 1

Year 2


ATI Accounting Technician – Participants graduate as full qualified Accounting Technicians. Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment.


The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a two year programme which combines ‘on-the-job’ work experience with academic study. The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

Course Structure

Participants will work at their employer’s office four days a week, and attend classes at a local college one day a week. They are also given three weeks’
study leave each year. Large and small accountancy practices, service firms and industry employers around the country have already committed to taking on school leavers and mature learners under the programme.


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Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board