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Accounting Technician


This course prepares students for the Examinations of the Accounting Technicians Ireland as well as QQI Minor awards.

Why Accounting Technicians Ireland?

  • There is a strong demand for accountancy skills in the current marketplace.
  • A flexible career choic
  • A stepping stone to becoming a professional accountant.
  • An Accounting Technicians qualification will lead to a career as an Assistant Accountant, Credit Controller, Accounts Supervisor, Payroll Administrator.

The Accounting Technician Qualification:

The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification is divided into two parts, each of which is a qualification in its own right. The Certificate for Accounting Technicians (First Year) offers a progression pathway into the Diploma for Accounting Technicians. 

Accounting Technician - Year 1 (Certificate)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Business Management
  • Law & Ethics

Accounting Technician students at Plunket College also complete the following QQI Minor Awards in Year 1:

QQI Level 5 Minor Awards

  • Manual and Computerised Accounting (5N1348)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)

Accounting Technician - Year 2 (Diploma)

For the Diploma for Accounting Technicians you are required to gain experiential learning through two years full-time employment (or the equivalent part-time).  The Diploma qualification is awarded on successful completion of all 8 subjects and two years relevant work experience.

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Integrated Accounting Systems (IAS)

Entry Requirements 

Five passes in the Leaving Certificate on Ordinary Level papers at Grade D or better or four passes at least two of which are on Higher Level papers at Grade D or better. Passes must be obtained in English and either Accounting or Mathematics. Leaving Certificate Applied with Distinction grade. Mature students are most welcome to apply.


  • Accounting Technicians Institute (ATI) Year 1 (Certificate)
  • Accounting Technicians Institute (ATI) Year 2 (Diploma)
  • QQI Level 5 Minor Awards



Students may achieve advanced entry (2nd year) to Business & Accounting courses in some third level colleges.  Students may also work as qualified Accounting Technicians.

Students who study the Accounting Technician course  in Plunket College of Further Education will acquire the skills and qualifications necessary to take up employment in the following areas: Assistant accountant, accountant, accounts administrator, credit controller, stock controller and banking.

Two years relevant work experience is required by ATI for full membership.

Those who are sucessful in achieving the Diploma for Accounting Technician may proceed (with exemptions from certain subjects) to qualify as Chartered Accountants, or pursue a career in taxation.  Many of our students who qualify as an Accounting technician often choose to continue their studies and use their ATI qualification as a stepping stone into other accountancy and business related areas. Many of our students progress to other accountancy bodies to study to become an accountant, including

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)






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