Waterford College of Further Education is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board School
Waterford & Wexford ETB

Accounting Technician

Accounting Technician


The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a practical route to a career in accountancy where you will earn while you learn on a two year, fully funded programme, and pay no tuition costs. Employers from industry, practice and the public sector, offer two-year contracts on this National Apprenticeship programme. You will work four days a week with the employer and study one day a week in college.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Business Management
  • Business Law

Year 2

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Integrated Accounting Systems

Career Prospects

  • Accounting Technicians are employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment.
  • They perform a wide range of roles including bookkeeping, financial accounting and budgeting, costing and credit control, payroll administration and tax returns


QQI Level 6 – Advanced Certificate in Accounting


One Year


  • The apprenticeship is suitable for:
  • School-leavers (18-22 years old) who prefer practical training to full-time academic study and students who thrive in an environment where they are putting learning into practice every day.
  • Mature learners (aged 23 years or above) who are looking to change career or move into a finance role.
  • Employees who are already working with a participating employer and who would like to move into a finance role.

2024 Applicant Guide

2024 Employers Guide

2024 Applicant Flyer

WCFE Information Sheet

For information on eligibility and recruitment phase visit:


NOTE: Applications are on-line to the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship.

While applications are directly to ATI we would appreciate you registering your interest with WCFE also via wcfeinfo@wwetb.ie

This section is for College Administration Only.

Student Registration Details.

If you are successfully approved by ATI for inclusion in this course - the link below is only to be used to record student data for internal processing.

First Year Students Only Press Here

Second Year Students Only Press Here

This facility will only be made available once the course has commenced.


A student services contribution of €200 is payable on registration. The purpose of which is to cover services, materials, and supports including printing, photocopying, library, student cards etc. This is non refundable.


Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), offer members of Accounting Technicians Ireland substantial exemptions.

N.B. Due to ongoing developments in QQI awards, names and content are subject to change.

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