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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Accounting Technicians Ireland

Year 1 PLSS Code 413735 | Year 2 PLSS Code 413739
Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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This course is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a career in Accounting Finance. Learners are taught key accounting concepts, principles of accounting and the knowledge and skills required to understand personal and business taxation regulations. They will gain an understanding of core business functionsin management, marketing and law. Learners are schooled in the modern accounting practices, which qualifies them as professional Accounting Technicians.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate with Pass Grade in 5 Ordinary Level subjects (including 05 in English + either Maths or Accountancy) or Pass Grades in 2 Ordinary level subjects together with 2 Pass Grades at Higher Level (Pass Grades to include a minimum of 05 in English + either Maths or Accountancy). Mature students over the age of 21 do not need leaving certificate results and will be assessed on an interview basis. Places on our fulltime PLC programmes are available free of charge to VTOS applicants (you are over 21 and will be in receipt of a social welfare payment for minimum 6 months by September). Click here for more info on VTOS ›

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

Accounting Technician Ireland, Year 1 (Certificate) 3111

» Financial Accounting,
» Taxation, Law and Ethics,
» Business Management,
» Work Experience
» (QQI/FETAC Level 5 minor award)

Accounting Technician Ireland, Year 2 (Diploma) 3121

» Advanced Financial Accounting,
» Advanced Taxation,
» Management Accounting,
» Financial Data Management


The Accounting Technician Qualification Ireland is divided into two parts, each of which is a qualification in its own right: Certificate for Accounting Technicians (1 Year); Diploma for Accounting Technicians (2 Years)

At the end of their two years of study and having complied with all the requirements of Accounting Technicians Ireland, students will be awarded the Certificate MATI (Members of the Accounting Technicians Ireland).

Accounting Technicians Ireland, in a recent survey of their members, state that “almost 95% of our members are employed. As an Accounting Technician you will be qualified to work in many types of accountancy jobs. There are always a strong demand for these skills in the marketplace.

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Level 6 Qualified Accounting Technician, (ATI) Accounting Technicians Ireland

Career Opportunities and Progression

Students will acquire the skills and qualifications necessary to take up employment in the following areas: Accounts Assistant, Payroll Manager, Audit Associate, Financial Accounting Assistant, General Ledger Accountant, Internal Audit.

Those who are both interested and suitably qualified may proceed (with exemptions) to qualify as Chartered Accountants, or pursue a career in taxation.

Upon successful completion of Year 2, graduates may transfer to the third year of a Business Degree in Technological Universities.


2 Years. 

The first year of the course runs 4 days a week from Tuesday - Friday 9am to 2pm. The second year of the course runs 3 days a week Wednesday - Friday 9am to 2pm.

Course Code

3111 and 3121 




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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