Gorey Institute of Further Education is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board School
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Gorey Institute of Further Education

Accounting Technician Year 1

This course is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a career in Accounting or Finance.

Students will learn the key accounting concepts, principles of accounting and the knowledge and skills required to understand personal and business taxation regulations. They will gain an understanding of core business functions in management and law.


CERTIFICATION: Certificate for Accounting Technicians (Year 1)

COURSE STRUCTURE: Students will attend college 4 days a week. Students will go on work placement 1 day a week.


Leaving Certificate with pass grades in:

  • 5 ordinary level subjects (including an O6 in English and Maths or Accountancy)
  • OR
  • 2 ordinary level and 2 higher level subjects (including an O6 in English and Maths or Accountancy)

Mature learners who have reached 21 years of age but do not possess the minimum educational requirements may still apply to do the course based on age and experience.

Programme of Study

Accounting Technician, Year 1 (Certificate)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Business Management
  • Law


The Accounting Technician Qualification Ireland is divided into two parts, each of which is a qualification in its own right: Certificate for Accounting Technicians (1 Year); Diploma for Accounting Technicians (2 Years)


An accounting technician is a qualified accounting professional employed throughout all levels of finance across industry, practice and the public sector.

  • Accounting Technicians are involved in the day-to-day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information. They can perform a wide range of finance roles, from accounts staff to financial controller and beyond.
  • They can work on their own or alongside professional accountants. In a small company, they may be the only qualified employee looking after the finance function, while in a larger company, they may be working as part of a team alongside accountants and administrative staff.
  • Self-employment is another career option for qualified Accounting Technicians, many members run their own successful accountancy practice. Many Accounting Technician graduates enrol in further study, using the qualification and the exemptions it brings as a steppingstone as they work towards becoming a fully qualified accountant.

Accounting Technicians can perform financial roles 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
  • Insolvency

Accounting Technicians can be employed in a wide variety of sectors and industries including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Local and Central Government
  • The Health Service
  • Financial Services Including Banking and Insurance
  • Shared Services Provision
  • All Sectors of Commercial Industry
  • Private Accountancy Firms
  • Leasing
  • Real Estate

Link to ATI


Link to ATI explaining work experience.


Sep 03
Registration Morning for All Courses
Registration Morning for all courses on Tuesday 3rd September 2024 from 10 am to 1 pm.
Registration Day for All Courses
Gorey Further Education and Training Centre,
Gorey Civic Centre,
The Avenue,
Co. Wexford,
Y25 A6Y2
Waterford & Wexford Educational Training Board
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