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CPD guidance

We live in a rapidly changing world where legislative, social and economic developments directly affect the environment in which Accounting Technicians live and work, and where technological advances provide radically different ways of working. Accounting Technicians Ireland's CPD policy and course provision provides a means whereby our Members can keep abreast of these changes, be more effective in work and future-proof their career.

Mandatory CPD Programme 

Our mandatory CPD Programme applies from 1st January 2021. Meeting your annual CPD requirements is necessary to ensure maintenance of your professional competence and designation status. All of your CPD activity should maintain professional knowledge and skills at the level required to ensure that clients and employers receive competent accounting technician professional service.

In order to be compliant, you are required to actively participate in the CPD scheme and complete 15 hours of approved CPD per calendar year which must include at least 1 hour of ethics. Our CPD programme includes: 

  • Free weekly CPDgo Bites email service (12+ hours CPD per year) delivered direct from our partner Nelson Croom. Please ensure to register for these in your Member portal by selecting 'Online Accounting CPD and Bites’ in MyCPD
  • Take part in our series of 1-hour online lunchtime CPD webinars
  • Subsidised ticket for the ATI Annual Conference (6 hours CPD)
  • Inaugural Tech Conference to be hosted in July 2021

New Members are exempt from the CPD policy in the first year of membership. You are still welcome to avail of all free online CPD, however, as part of your membership benefits. 

Learning outcomes

Completion of a CPD topic should correspond to at least one of the listed learning outcomes.

  • Demonstrate awareness of the dynamic nature of the role of an Accounting Technician in the modern work environment and an understanding of the significance of continuing professional and personal development
  • Explain and apply technical and regulatory changes and updates as they may apply to any of financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, business law, business management, and the general economic and business environment
  • Understand and apply developments in software applications and information technologies generally as they may affect the work and skills of a member of ATI
  • Demonstrate awareness of the evolving professional and ethical environments in which members of ATI typically work
  • Understand the significance of personal development and how personal development complements the functional aspects of a member’s professional development
  • Reflect on one's own personal development achievements and future personal development needs in the context of life goals and work commitments

CPD Policy 

To ensure you are fully informed about your CPD requirements, please read through our Guidance Document and CPD Compliance policy. If you have any questions, or would like more information, don't hesitate to contact us by emailing: CPD@accountingtechniciansireland.ie 

All you need to know about CPD

What is CPD?

CPD is an acronym for Continuous Professional Development. It refers to the process of regularly planning, completing and recording any type of training that enhances your skillset beyond your initial qualification. CPD is a process of life-wide learning and helps you to remain effective, capable and knowledgeable in your field.

Am I required to do CPD?

Yes, since 2018 all Members wishing to hold the MIATI/FIATI designation, must comply with our CPD policy. Concessions or reductions to an individual Member's CPD requirements may be provided on a discretionary basis depending on personal or professional circumstances. Please email CPD@accountingtechniciansireland.ie if this may be the case.

Why is CPD important?

Members engaging in our annual CPD programme ensures the ongoing integrity of the MIATI / FIATI designation. Meeting your annual CPD requirements is necessary to ensure maintenance of your own professional competence and designation status. This ensures that clients and employers receive competent and consistent accounting technician professional service. Accounting Technicians Ireland’s CPD programme, in recognising the importance of CPD in our members' professional lives, seeks to support Accounting Technicians in the workplace, and to ensure their core competencies and technical skills are continually updated.

How many hours of CPD are required?

You are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of CPD per calendar year and 1 hour of this must be ethics based.

How do I access CPDgo bites and online CPD?

Log in to your Member portal TouchPoint and click launch MyCPD. After you launch MyCPD, navigate to CPDgo. Select Online Accounting CPD and Bites, provided by accountingcpd.net. Set up an account or log in if you already have an account set up. When the platform launches you will see the full Online Accounting CPD offering. This is a selection of free and paid CPD along with your CPD Bites back catalogue. Use these log in details to access the weekly bite sent to you each week by email.

Can I put CPD I've completed at work towards my 15 hours?

Yes once it is relevant. Please submit for approval via the MyCPD tool and make sure to include a full course description, outline and agenda. A submission will be rejected if there is insufficient detail to enable it be approved.

I am a Member of another accountancy body, am I exempt from doing my ATI CPD?

In the case of dual membership, Members may apply for a CPD concession on submission of evidence of CPD compliance and professional membership by emailing CPD@accountingtechniciansireland.ie

If you are currently studying with another professional body, then you must still complete 15 hours of CPD unless they fall into a concession category. Please read our CPD Guidance document for further details.

Can I use a third-party course as part of my CPD requirements?

Yes once it is relevant. Please submit for approval via the MyCPD tool and make sure to include a full course description, outline and agenda. A submission will be rejected if there is insufficient detail to enable it be approved.

How do I record external CPD?

You may submit it via MyCPD for approval and it will appear in your MyCPD Dashboard. Please ensure to include a full course description, outline and agenda at the point of submission. A submission will be rejected if there is insufficient detail to enable it be approved.

How do I submit a new course for approval?

Please ensure you check the Approved CPD Provider section for your course before submitting a new course for approval - it may already be set up for you to record. Following that, please open MyCPD and click 'Record MyCPD'. Select 'Submit a new course' from the drop-down and input course details. Include information on the provider and a detailed course outline, description and agenda. Upload your evidence and press 'Submit'.

I am not receiving any emails about CPD?

Please check your email spam / junk folder to ensure emails aren't landing there. Check that the email listed in your Member portal is up-to-date. Following that, please confirm your email by contacting cpd@accountingtechniciansireland.ie and we will investigate and ensure you are receiving all emails going forward.

I am a new Member, do I need to do CPD?

New Members are exempt from CPD in your first year of membership. You are still welcome to avail of all free online CPD, however, as part of your membership benefits. Take a look at what's coming up and see if it's of interest to you!

How do I change the CPD year of courses I have completed?

If you are catching up on your CPD requirements from the previous year and need to change the year, please launch 'MyCPD' and click the 'MyCPD Dashboard'. Click the Edit CPD Icon (pencil icon) and click 'Next' and 'Change CPD Year'. Then click 'Next' again finally click 'Save'.

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