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Organisation Profile - Accounting Technicians Ireland



 

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What are the main occupations in this sector?


Qualified Accounting Technicians have the opportunity to work in a core business function in commerce, industry, practice and the public sector, and many become fully qualified accountants through further study.

Our qualification provides a distinct advantage in the marketplace, and is seen by many employers as essential when they are hiring Accounting Technicians.

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Occupational Profile

Graduates are equipped with the skills to perform accounting tasks including:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Accounts preparation
  • Expense and VAT analysis
  • Reporting and credit control

As well as specialist tasks in areas such as: 

  • Tax
  • Audit
  • Payroll

Many of our graduates enrol in further study and use the qualification as a stepping stone to eventually become professional accountants.

The main professional accountancy bodies offer Accounting Technicians Ireland graduates significant exemptions from their programmes. These include Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, IIPA and the IFA.

 

 


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What qualifications are required?


Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

This new National Apprenticeship leads to a Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate Award, and provides school leavers with a practical alternative to the traditional full-time college route. The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is also open to mature learners and existing employees who would like to pursue a career in accountancy, by studying our in-demand qualification as they work with a partner employer.

You get paid at least €17,797 a year and pay no tuition costs!

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Occupational Profile

Students can also complete the Certificate for Accounting Technicians, a one-year programme including Financial Accounting, Taxation, Law & Ethics and Business Management.

This combination of subjects provides students with a solid grounding in business as well as a strong foundation in accounting. The qualification is a Level 4 award in the UK and Northern Ireland and comparable to Level 6 in the Republic.

The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is awarded after successful completion of the two-year programme plus two years’ work experience.

Second-year modules include:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting,
  • Advanced Taxation,
  • Management Accounting and
  • Integrated Accounting Systems.

The qualification is a QQI Level 6 award in the UK and Northern Ireland and comparable to Level 6 in the Republic. 

More information about our qualification and organisation can be found here.

 

 

What are the typical routes into this sector?


The new National Apprenticeship leads to a Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate Award, and provides school leavers with a practical alternative to the traditional full-time college route. The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is also open to mature learners and existing employees who would like to pursue a career in accountancy, by studying our in-demand qualification as they work with a partner employer

 

 


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Please give an overview of your sector?


Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment.

They can perform a wide range of financial roles typically associated with fully trained accountants including financial accounting and budgeting, costing and credit control, payroll administration and tax returns, senior managerial tasks, auditing and assurance work, consulting, corporate finance, tax planning and insolvency.

Research shows strong demand for Accounting Technicians at various levels within industry, practice and the public sector in Ireland, underpinned by the strength of our qualification.

Our graduates are working in practice, construction, financial services, IT, manufacturing, professional services, NGOs, medical and many other sectors which are experiencing rapid growth as the economic recovery takes off.

 

What are the current issues affecting this sector?


Analysis of the labour market (National Skills Bulletin ROI) confirms continuing shortages for accounting technician skills, deeming it a niche area.

 

Do you have any statistics relevant to the sector?


Since 2015 there has been a 66% increase in demand for qualified Accounting Technicians. 


 

Are there any areas in your sector currently experiencing skills shortages?


Currently, there is a shortage of Accounting Technicians as highlighted by the National Skills Bulletin ROI. 

Demand for Accounting Technicians continues to grow apace. Our graduates are working in practice, construction, financial services, IT, manufacturing, professional services, NGOs, medical and many other sectors which are experiencing rapid growth as the economic recovery continues.

Accounting Technicians Ireland’s graduates have the skills to perform accounting tasks including
bookkeeping, accounts preparation, expense and VAT analysis, reporting and credit control, as well
as specialist tasks in areas such as tax, audit and payroll.

In addition, the National Apprenticeship Council is developing new opportunities for companies to take
on talented school-leavers and mature learners who gain skills through ‘on-the-job’ learning. Employees
in all sectors welcome this opportunity to diversify their workforce and tap a new talent stream.

From September 2017, Accounting Technicians Ireland will deliver the first National Apprenticeship in the field of accountancy.

Working in industry, practice and the public sector, and studying in local colleges, Accounting Technician Apprentices will develop critical accounting knowledge and theory – and then put this into practice in the work environment.

Accounting Technician Apprentices are mentored in both the workplace and the college, as they
work towards achieving our in-demand qualification over the two-year programme.

 


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Is a career as an Accounting Technician for me?

Qualified Accounting Technicians have the opportunity to work in a core business function in commerce, industry, practice and the public sector, and many become fully qualified accountants through further study.

Accounting Technicians Ireland is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians on the Island of Ireland. Founded in 1983, the organisation has grown to serve more than 10,000 students and members today.

With offices in Dublin and Belfast and Partner Colleges across the Island of Ireland, Accounting Technicians provides an internationally recognised business qualification and promotes the highest educational, technical and ethical standards among our members.

With close links to Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CIMA and other professional accounting bodies in Ireland and overseas, ATI graduates have the opportunity to progress their career in accountancy to the very top of the profession. ATI graduates are entitled to put the letters MIATI (Member of the Institute of Accounting Technicians Ireland).

Full details of the NEW Accounting Technician Apprenticeship can be found here