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Accounting Technician
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Accounting Technician

Provider: Accounting Technicians Ireland

This is a QQI Level 6 National Apprenticeship.

Maintaining a set of accounts is a fundamental element of any business from a sole trader to large multinational. An Accounting Technician supports all elements of accounts function, including Income and Expenditure, Balance sheet transactions, Statutory Returns and Payroll requirements.


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The National 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.

On successful completion, the Accounting Technician will have: 
Knowledge

  • Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • Double-Entry Bookkeeping and Accounting Systems
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Financial Statements preparation
  • Annual Budgets
  • Cost control
  • Costing’s 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 
Skills
Core Skills
  • Process Accounts Receivable and Payable, Sales, Purchases and nominal ledger administration
  • Maintenance of bookkeeping records
  • 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 - Complete & file VAT Returns. Deal with Revenue queries •
  • Payroll - Setup new staff, Issue P45s, Complete Social Welfare Forms, Process monthly payroll, Prepare payroll Journals
  • Audit - Support the preparation for the annual audit
  • 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
  • Strong organisational skills, with ability to manage multiple tasks and resources
  • Time management including prioritising schedules and timelines
  • 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
Competences
  • 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

Industry/industries served by the apprenticeship

Accounting Practice Firms, Financial Services and broader.
Acccounts function in SME and large organisations, Sole Traders, Public Sector.


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


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  • 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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A minimum salary of €17,797 applies.


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Eligibility

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of the programme.

Education

For Leaving Certificate students 2017, 310 CAO points and at least an O5 grade in English and Maths or Accountancy are required.

For those who sat the Leaving Cert in the previous five years, 300 CAO points and a D3 in Ordinary Level English and Maths or Accountancy are required.

Mature learners (23 years and above) are also eligible to apply. If you did not complete your Leaving Certificate but have a FETAC Level 5 qualification, you are also eligible to apply.


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Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) is partnering with the following colleges in the delivery of the 2017/2018 Programme:

  • Cork College of Commerce
  • Coláiste Íde College of Further Education
  • 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.
 

You can find out more, request an information pack or register your interest HERE 




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

As a qualified Accounting Technician, you will be able to work for many types of organisations including:
  • Accounting Practice Firms
  • Financial Services and Broader Industry
  • Accounts function in SME and large organisations
  • The Public Sector 
  • 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. 

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


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