David Gordon Dublin Diploma

Accounting Technicians Ireland’s qualification is recognised as the fastest pathway to a professional accounting career.


David Gordon (49) from Clare Village, Clare Hall secured one of the top marks in the country in the course last year.

The former mobile phone retail manager is now enjoying a new career in accounts with a company just five minutes from where he lives.


A native of Swinford, Co Mayo, he opted for the two-year online course to fit in around his working day and it’s a decision that has changed his life.


“I’m now full time in finance and I’m delighted,” he said.


“I was very disillusioned with the career I was in and I felt there was very little light at the end of the tunnel.


“After 15 years in mobile phone retail management, I had the choice of either moving to the same job somewhere else or upskilling.


“Accounting Technicians Ireland offered me better prospects in a job that I love doing.


“To think that last year I was sitting exams and now a year on, my life has changed for the complete better.


“I would recommend the online course to anyone.  You do have to be very self-motivated to keep on top of everything but the support I received from tutors was second to none.”


The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification is a passport to a rewarding career in accountancy or business.


The Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI’s) qualification, offered full or part-time, is open to the countless number of people who have been working in industry or small practice firms for years but have no formal training, school and college leavers and mature students.


Over 70 colleges around the country offer ATI’s flexible courses which allow students to obtain this professional qualification in as little as two years.


The accounting qualification provides access to employment opportunities for a broad range of accounting and finance roles and will enable students to further progress to senior financial management posts.


Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work at all levels of finance throughout the private and public sector, industry and commerce and in accountancy practices. 


Accounting Technicians can perform a wide range of finance roles, from accounts staff to financial controller and beyond.


For instance, they can do financial accounting and budgeting, costing and credit control, payroll administration and tax returns.


More experienced Accounting Technicians may often perform senior managerial tasks and audits.


The two-year Diploma for Accounting Technicians programme is also the first step to a full qualification in accountancy.


“This is a pan-sectoral qualification which meets the needs of industry, practice and the public sector, and graduates enjoy exemptions from the full range of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CPA, CIMA as well as Higher Education third level accounting programmes,” said Gillian Doherty, ATI’s Chief Operations Officer.


“A recent analysis of the labour market by the National Skills Bulletin confirmed a continuing high demand for accounting technician skills.


“Many businesses finance the programme for potential Accounting Technicians – recognising the benefits of having a qualified technician run the financial side of the business while the owner develops the entrepreneurial end.” 

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