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Apprenticeship Applications

Applications for the September Intake are now closed. The next intake for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship will be for January 2021.

The online application will be available from early October. Further details to be confirmed soon.

Interested leaving cert students 2020, school leavers, graduates, mature learners and existing employees should consider applying as this programme will enable participating apprentices to explore their expectations, aspirations and capabilities for a career in Accounting.

We would encourage you to register your interest meanwhile by contacting 01 6498191 or email

It is always recommended that you read further information below about the programme, recruitment process and for advice about completing the online application before you apply.

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Programme Overview:

Before progressing to completing an application for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship it is important to understand the programme structure, requirements and the commitment you will need to provide to for this programme.

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship programme is a practical pathway to a career in Accounting where apprentices are mentored through a two-year work-based learning education training programme.

Apprentices earn at least €19,700 per annum and attain three weeks paid study leave by the employer. Apprentices college tuition is fully funded by SOLAS.

The duration of this programme is two years from programme commencement date in September 2020. You should be able to commit to completing the programme syllabus while working in full-time employment over the two years.

The programme structure necessitates an apprentice attending (off-the-job training) at college one day and working with an employer four days during academic college term time (on the job training) on a weekly basis.

Outside of college term an apprentice will attend work five days a week.

The (off-the-job training) day is set by the college and will be a Monday typically from 9:00am to 6.00pm and an employer will allocate appropriate work hours for the four days (on-the-job training) not exceeding the 37.5 hours per week (on and off the job training) required to be completed by the apprentice for the programme and their employment contract.

For the FIRST YEAR  in college the Stage One modules an apprentice will be studying are:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Business Law
  • Business Management

For the SECOND YEAR  in college the Stage Two modules an apprentice will be studying are:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Data Management

For each module studied the assessment will include the combination of written examinations and the completion of four approved work-based tasks per year.

Exams will take place in May each year with an option for any repeats required to be completed in August.

Throughout the two years an apprentice will be supported by a college mentor and a workplace mentor assigned by their employer to oversee and support them with their on the job training.

Additional home study in the evenings or at the weekend will be needed to ensure success for this programme.

This national programme leads to a Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Accounting and provides exemptions from professional accountancy bodies and relevant third level colleges to complete further studies.

What will you be working towards?

Apprenticeship Title:
Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

NFQ Level:
Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting

Minimum 2 years

Typical Tasks / Responsibilities:

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals working at all levels of finance.

They work in every type of organisation and are widely employed throughout the public sector, industry and commerce and in private accountancy practices.

The Accounting Technician supports all elements of the accounts function, including income and expenditure, balance sheet transactions, statutory returns and payroll requirements and is involved in the day-to-day practical work of accountancy and plays a key operational role in producing reliable financial information.

The Accounting Technician processes all accounts payable and receivable in order to prepare, or support the preparation of, periodic accounts.

They record and monitor income and expenditure including accrued and deferred income, complete regular bank reconciliations and accounts for/completes statutory returns.

They produce Management Accounts and supply vital financial information to contribute to the cost-effective running of the Company through their reporting on costing and cost controls.

The Accounting Technician prepares company annual budgets and monitors the progress of this throughout the year. They prepare, or assist in the preparation of, Company year-end financial statements

They provide regular analysis and reports to contribute to producing accounts.

Why are you selecting this programme and accounting as a career choice?

It is also important to consider why you are personally interested in this programme, what is it about Accounting that appeals to you as a career choice and your aspirations for progression!

Check out the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship career pathway below:

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship provides exemptions upon programme completion from professional accountancy bodies and relevant third level colleges to complete further studies. Please click here to download the range of progression routes.

Many apprenticeship employers will aim to retain their apprentice in employment following completion of the programme.

Regardless Accounting Technician apprentice’s skillsets are always required across all sectors so graduates are developing their career for the future.

Accounting Technician Apprentice Testimonials:


Michelle Durney – Black Raven Credit Union – Wicklow (Existing Year Two Student)

‘Whether you are starting out your career after secondary school or embarking on a career change the Accounting Technician’s Ireland Apprenticeship programme presents a fantastic opportunity to enter the field of accountancy and finance. As I am someone who was keen on a career change the programme has given me the opportunity to work and study at the same time. The programme itself involves consistency, hard work and dedication right from the very start. It is already starting to show the benefits as personally I have learned so much and gained valuable experience since starting the course in September 2018.’


Jacqueline Lorimer – Crowleys DFK – Cork (Graduated – December 2019)

‘I have always been interested in accounts but never had the opportunity to study due to work commitments. While contemplating my future I came across Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship programme online. It was perfect for me as I was able to attend classes and work in an environment which I could put what I learnt in class into practice. I was surrounded by colleagues who could help me if I had extra questions and lead me in the right direction. It is a major benefit having the chance to put what you learnt into practice right away. An important aspect to remember is to keep up with the course work, participate in the classes, do the homework and ask as many questions as you need to in order to understand the work. It is hard work and if you put in the time and effort you will succeed. Study with the ATI apprenticeship has let me follow my passion and lead me into the career I want.’


What do we want from you?

  • Motivation to learn and achieve.
  • Dedicated class and work attendance.
  • Proficient time management.
  • Reliability when on the job.
  • Professional etiquette.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and use your own initiative.



Recruitment Phases -

Please download and read this document.

Please review this guide to understand the main stages in the recruitment process for the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship.

Eligibility guide and application tips -

Please download and read this document

Please check this guide to see if you meet minimum programme entry requirements before commencing to complete an online application.

Online Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Application Form Format -

Sections for completion in the application and required documents to upload are as follows:

Section 1: Personal Details:

Please provide up to date contact details that ATI and employers can reach you on.

You will be required to upload a copy of your birth cert or passport.

Section 2: Education Details:

Please provide relevant qualifications in chronological order, including grades or overall result where completed.

Make sure to provide your mock results points total and grades if completing Leaving Certificate this year.

If a course hasn’t been completed it is recommended that this is outlined in your application and that a reason is provided as to why it wasn’t if you are not currently completing.

You will be required to upload copies of relevant educational transcripts. For example where applicable:

  • School Mock Results for current Leaving Certificate students
  • Leaving Certificate transcript
  • NFQ Level 5 or above transcript
  • Other suitable qualification transcript

(Please note if you have completed a non-EEA qualification you will need to provide a comparability statement from QQI which you can access here)

Section 3: Work Experience:

Make sure you list your three most-recent jobs, starting with your current or last role.

Any accounting duties that you have performed should be detailed - but are not a prerequisite for this programme!

Section 4: Programme understanding and motivation

You’ll be asked three questions so that we can gain an understanding of your knowledge of the programme, your interest in accounting and your motivation to become an Accounting Technician.

Be sure to carefully consider your answers here, and make sure they stand out, as this could influence an employer’s decision to call you for an interview!

Section 5: Data Protection Statement and Signature:

You must complete this section so that personal data you provide on your application may be processed and so ATI, Employers and all need-to-know parties for the programme can follow up with you as required.

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