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Accounting Technicians Ireland Part-Time Course

Applications for 2021/22 are no longer being accepted.

Discipline: Business

Programme Code: 

Not a GMIT Award

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: See Essential Information below

Credits: Not applicable

Places: 25


Tuition Fee: (Tuition Fee plus Student Contribution) is €925 (Year 1) and €925 (Year 2).

For Professional Fees to be paid direct to ATI see Essential Information.

Why Study?

Accounting technicians are qualified accounting professionals who work at all levels of finance.

  • You can work in all types of organisations throughout the public sector, industry and commerce and in private accountancy practices. 
  • You would be involved in the day-to-day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information.
  • As an Accounting Technician you can perform a wide range of finance roles, from accounts staff to financial controller and beyond. For instance, you can do financial accounting and budgeting, costing and credit control, payroll administration and tax returns.
  • More experienced accounting technicians may often perform senior managerial tasks and audits.

Accounting technicians can work on their own or alongside professional accountants.

  • In a small company, you may be the only qualified employee looking after the finance function.
  • In a larger company, you may be working as part of a team alongside accountants and administrative staff.
  • You can perform many of the same functions as an accountant and are qualified to take accounts up to trial balance

Note: This is an exam preparation course approved by Accounting Technicians Ireland, delivered by GMIT.

You will be preparing for Accounting Technicians Ireland exams, for which GMIT is am approved exam centre.

If permitted, classes in September 2021 will be delivered classroom, although the were delivered online in 2020 


Programme Modules

This part-time course has two distinct years to cover - Year 1 and Year 2.

  1. Year 1 gives you foundation knowledge of business and accounting.
  2. Year 2 allows you to build a deeper understanding of more advanced accounting issues.
  3. There is also a practical focus on the IT systems that are commonly used by accountants.

Click HERE for more information on studying with ATI - syllabus, registration, course information pack etc. 

Year 1 Modules Year 2 Modules

Financial Accounting

Advanced Financial Accounting


Advanced Taxation

Business Law

Management Accounting

Business Management

Financial Data Management


Click HERE to download the current year course information pack. 

Module Aims: 

Learning Outcomes: 


Career Opportunities

There is a great variety of work within the accounting profession, such as:

  • Auditing and assurance work
  • Consulting
  • Corporate finance
  • Tax planning
  • Insolvency

There are also opportunities in finance support roles, like:

  • Credit control
  • Accounts payable
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Specialist roles in supply chain operations 

Employment of accounting and financial technicians is one of the highest growth rates among business and finance occupations.

Essential Information: 

The Certificate for Accounting Technicians

The Certificate for Accounting Technicians (Year 1) offers a progression pathway into the Diploma for Accounting Technicians and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

When students have completed the four First Year subjects they will receive the Certificate for Accounting Technicians award. The Certificate for Accounting Technicians is a QCF Level 4 award in the UK and Northern Ireland and is aligned with Level 6 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in the Republic of Ireland.


The Diploma for Accounting Technicians

The Diploma for Accounting Technicians (Year 2) is a QCF Level 5 award in the UK and Northern Ireland and is aligned with Level 6 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in the Republic of Ireland. It is awarded on the successful completion of all First and Second Year modules and two years relevant work experience.

On successful completion of Year 2 students may become Affiliate Members of Accounting Technicians Ireland allowing them to maintain their professional affiliation while they complete the work experience requirement of the Diploma.

Note, both awards are not GMIT awards, but exemptions are granted on some modules in the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Accounting Degree to students who have passed subjects in Year 1 and Year 2 of the Accounting Technician course and wish to continue with further accounting studies in GMIT. 

Students must both register with Accounting Technicians Ireland as students and pay fees to ATI and must also register with a partner college, e.g. GMIT for programme tuition and pay tuition fees to GMIT.


ATI Programme Registration Criteria as set by Accounting Technicians Ireland

Republic of Ireland applicants should possess one of the following:

Students under 21 Years of Age

• 5 Ordinary level Leaving Certificate grades (including an O6 in English, and Maths or Accounting)

• 2 Higher level and 2 Ordinary Leaving Certificate grades (including an O6 in English, and Maths or Accounting)

Students over 21 Years of Age

If you are over 21 years of age (or over 23 for the Higher-Level Apprenticeship in Northern Ireland), but don’t possess the minimum educational requirements, you can still register as a mature learner, based on age and experience.

Prior Learning may also provide an entry route for applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria. Those who have successfully completed a nationally recognised qualification such as a QQI award in the Republic of Ireland, or QCA and BTEC National Diploma in Northern Ireland, may be eligible to register.

If you wish to download the course information pack from ATI click here


ATI Programme Fees (Professional fees)

ATI professional fees, examination fess and course manual fees are paid directly to ATI as part of the ATI registration process.

ATI Professional Fees Year 1

Professional Fees Euro        
Registration fee €170
Course Materials (€65 x 4) €260
Exams (€75 x 4) €300
Total €730


ATI Professional Fees Year 2

Professional Fees Euro   
Student fee €85
Course Materials (€65 x 4) €260
Exams (€75 x 3) €225
IAS Exam fee  €120
Total €690

ATI Programme Registration Process with ATI 

To register with ATI now and kickstart your career with ATI click here 


GMIT Tuition Application Process for the ATI Programme

Applications can be made online from April 6th for September 2021 intake. 

How to Apply

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed. 

If you have any further queries, please email

Provider Status 
GMIT is an Approved Partner with Accounting Technicians Ireland for the delivery of this course.

Data Protection 

As a partner college of Accounting Technicians Ireland it is important to note that by applying to, or enroling on, the Accounting Technicians Ireland - Technicians Programme (Part Time) at GMIT you are agreeing to your personal information (name, email address and phone number) being shared with Accounting Technicians Ireland for the purpose of programme administration.

Closing Date for Applications (for Year 1 and Year 2)

The closing date for applications is 15th September with classes commencing on 21st September. 


Online delivery for at least the first 5 weeks of semester 1.  

GMIT will keep under review the public health situation and further guidance will be issued in terms of delivery after the first 5 weeks.

This may result in continued online delivery, partial return or full return. Further updates will be confirmed in due course.   

Payment Process
By debit/credit cards or Bank Transfer.

Student Cards
This course does not qualify for issuing of a GMIT Student ID Card.

Contact Us

For course queries please contact:

Deirdre Lusby, Head of Department

Department of Business and Accounting, GMIT



Please direct admission queries to:
Department of Graduate Studies & Professional Development

ATI Contact Details: