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Accounting Technician - Computerised Accounting

Course Code(s):  CI061AC CI062AC RAXXX
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code CI061AC CI062AC RAXXX
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a career in Accounting/Finance. Accounting Technicians are skilled persons who work at middle management level and who provide essential financial and accounting support information to professional accountants and to senior management. Some examples of positions available to qualified Accounting Technicians include: accounting supervisor, budget officer, assistant accountant and payroll administrator.

At the end of their two years of study and having complied with all the requirements of Accounting Technicians Ireland, students will be awarded the Certificate MATI (Members of the Accounting Technicians Ireland). Accounting Technicians Ireland, in a recent survey of their members, state that "almost 95% of our members are employed. As an Accounting Technician you will be qualified to work in many types of accountancy jobs. There is always a strong demand for these skills in the marketplace."

What will you Study?

Year 1:
IT Skills
Financial Accounting
Taxation
Business Management
Law and Ethics

Year 2 :
Advanced Financial Accounting
Advanced Taxation
Management Accounting
Integrated Accounting Systems
Work Experience
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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