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Accounting Technician
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Accounting Technician

Accounting Technicians will be qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment. They will perform a wide range of roles including:
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial Accounting & Budgeting
  • Costing & Credit Control
  • Payroll Administration
  • Tax Returns
This is an NFQ Level 6 Advanced Certificate (pending) apprenticeship with 80 places to potentially be available annually.
This apprenticeship programme is not yet fully validated. Additional information will be added here, as it becomes available. Outline information is accurate at August 2016.

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The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a two-year programme which combines ‘on-the-job’ work experience with academic study, enabling participants to earn while they learn. 

Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week, and attend classes at a local college one day a week. They will also be given at least three weeks’ study leave each year.

The NFQ Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accountancy will be awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

[Subject to approval]

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Skills required:
Core Skills

  • Process Accounts Receivable and Payable, Sales, Purchases and nominal ledger administration.
  • Maintenance of bookkeeping records o Account for Accruals and Prepayments
  • Support the budget preparation process
  • Support the preparation of accounts
  • Analysis of monthly expenses, credit cards, Vat analysis
  • Ensure timely and accurate completion of statutory obligations
  • Complete bank reconciliations
  • Analyse and interrogate data and provide a high level overview
  • Produce reports
  • Credit control
  • Responsibility for petty cash
Technical Skills
  • Tax - Completion & filing of VAT Returns. Deal with Revenue queries.
  • Payroll - Setup of new staff, Issuing P45s, Completing Social Welfare Forms, Processing monthly payroll, Preparing payroll Journals.
  • Audit - Support the preparation for the annual audit o Computer skills - Including MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Knowledge of accounting software including Sage/Relate Accounts Production
Soft Skills
  • Operates with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, tact and professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and orally
  • Report Writing
  • Customer Service Skills, helpful and approachable o Strong organisational skills, with ability to manage multiple tasks and resources.
  • Time management including prioritising schedules and timelines o Attention to detail and problem solving
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on their own initiative.
Transversal Skills
  • Maths, Accounting, English, Computer skills
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Professional competence and due care
  • Confidentiality
  • Professional behaviour
  • Confident 
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong communicator
  • Ability to multi task
  • Ability to cope under pressure
  • Strong numeracy skills

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Accounts maintenance is a fundamental element of any business, from a sole trader to large multinational. An Accounting Technician can support all elements of the accounts function, including income and expenditure, balance sheet transactions, statutory returns and payroll requirements.

The Accounting Technician is concerned with bookkeeping, including processing all accounts payable and receivable which supports the preparation of periodic accounts. This entails recording and monitoring income and expenditure including accrued and deferred income.

Completion of regular bank reconciliations may be required with statutory returns accounted for and completed. Regular analysis and reporting is undertaken to contribute to the overall accounts production.

The Accounting Technician may produce Management Accounts and supplies vital financial information as to the running of the Company. They have the ability to do costing and cost controls.

The Accounting Technician may prepare Company annual budgets and monitor the progress of this throughout the year. They may prepare or assist in the preparation of Company year-end financial statements.
On successful completion, the Accounting Technician will perform:

  • Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • Double-Entry Bookkeeping and Accounting Systems
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Financial Statements preparation
  • Annual Budgets
  • Cost control
  • Costings across a range of goods and services
  • Business Functions & Context
  • Business Ethics
  • Legal Requirements
  • Company Law
  • Data Protection
  • Corporate Governance
  • Company Tax Administration and Procedures
  • Personal Taxation
  • Accounting Systems
  • Payroll
  • Budgeting

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Being accepted on this proposed Apprenticeship will require a job seeker to first secure an “Apprenticeship Contract” with an approved organisation / employer.

As details of approved organisations become available, they will be included here.

Each approved organisation will determine the particular salary structure for the apprenticeship, which will be communicated at contract negotiation stage with the proposed candidate. 

There will be no difference in rate-of-pay between the time an apprentice spends on-the-job and time in training.

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Accounting Technician Apprentices will be recent school-leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate.

Applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of entry
  • have a pass grade in Leaving Certificate English & Maths at ordinary level. Leaving Certificate accountancy is not  a requirement.
Please note: Study of Accountancy at Leaving Certificate level is not a requirement

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Large and small accountancy practices, service firms and industry employers around the country have already committed to taking on school- leavers as Accounting Technician Apprentices.

Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) is partnering with the following colleges in the delivery of the 2016/2017 Programme:

  • Cork College of Commerce
  • Rathmines College of Further Education, Dublin 6
  • Blackrock Further Education Institute, Co Dublin
  • Bray Institute of Further Education
  • Monaghan Institute
How to apply

Applicants to the accounting technician programme contact ATI directly. If you meet the minimum criteria, you are then referred on to potential employers in industry, accountancy practice or the public sector, where you can be recruited for two years and automatically enrolled in the appropriate further education college.

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Find out more and request an information pack from Accounting Technicians Ireland here.

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The ATI Accounting Technician programme is a new apprenticeship which puts school-leavers on the path to a rewarding career in accountancy.

As a qualified Accounting Technician, you will be be able to work for many types of organisation including:
  • Accounting Practice Firms
  • Financial Services and Broader Industry
  • Accounting function in in SME and large organisations
  • Public Sector organisations
  • Sole Traders
Qualified Accounting Technicians may also be self-employed.

The Accounting Technician qualification can also potentially be used as a stepping stone to becoming a professional accountant. 

Successful graduates of the Accountancy Technician Apprenticeship will receive generous exemptions on Chartered Accountants Ireland’s study programmes, so that they can continue to progress their career within the profession. 

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