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Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting

What is the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship?

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a new pathway to a career in business, accountancy and finance, where you will be mentored through a two-year, work-based learning programme – and applications are now open!

You will work four days a week with the employer and study one day a week with the local college, on a two-year contract.

You will get paid a salary of at least €18,622 per annum and your college tuition is fully funded by SOLAS. The programme leads to a Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Accounting.

This year there are approximately 160 apprenticeships available in the Greater Dublin Area, Cork, Monaghan, Waterford, Galway and Wicklow.

Download the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Prospectus 2018!

Watch Sophie’s story

When she finished her Leaving Certificate, Accounting Technician Apprentice Sophie Ellis got a job with Grant Thornton, a leading professional services company.

Watch this video to find out why she decided to apply, how she got the job and how she’s getting on!

Sophie Ellis, Accounting Technician Apprentice

Applications Now Open!

If you are already fully familiar with the application process, you can go straight to the Online Application Form here.

Otherwise, please read on to learn everything you need to know about the process before submitting your application.

Programme Overview

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

The duration of this programme is two years from programme commencement date in September 2018. You should be able to commit to completing the programme syllabus while working in full-time employment over the two years.

For the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Programme an apprentice will be attending (off-the-job training) at college one day and working with an employer four days during 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 but usually will be a Monday 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.

Additional home study will be needed to ensure success in the programme.

For the first year in college, the Stage 1 modules you will be studying are:

For the second year in college, the Stage 2 modules you will be studying are:

What will you be working towards as an Apprentice?

Occupational Profile:

Apprenticeship Title:
Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

NFQ Level:
Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting

Minimum 2 years

Typical Tasks / Responsibilities:

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, and what is it about accounting that appeals to you as a career choice!

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Career Pathway

What do we want from you?

Recruitment Phases

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Recruitment Phases

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Eligibility guide and application tips

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Applications Advice

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

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.

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 you are completing your 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:

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

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!

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!

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.

Online Application Now Open – Click here to Apply