Simon Sheridan Wicklow Diploma
Accounting Technicians Ireland’s qualification is recognised as the fastest pathway to a professional accounting career.
Simon Sheridan (40) from Aughrim secured one of the top marks in the country in the course last year.
Twelve months on and the former music therapist has just sat his first exams in his Chartered Accountancy studies after deciding to continue his studies.
“I’m working in a local chartered accountancy office and doing this course again online.
“The ATI course was fabulous and gave me the perfect foundation to realise that I loved the area and wanted to further my career in it.
“The ATI course also allowed me four exemptions in the modules I have to complete over the next three and a half years, because I had them comprehensively covered with the ATI
“The ATI course was fantastically run and the tutors were so supportive. It’s a course that doesn’t need prior learning and covers a wide range of subjects.
“I was only expecting to learn about accountancy but I also covered business management, ethics and a lot more that would assist anyone in their future options.
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.”