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ATI Year 1

Cenit College
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ATI Year 1

If you’re an educational professional who are looking to progress into management and consultancy, or an educational planning or development role, this is the best degree for you.

Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) is the leading professional body for accounting technicians in Ireland. ATI educate, support and represent over 10,000 people working in the profession.

ATI provide an internationally recognised business qualification and promote the highest educational, technical and ethical standards to its members.

The ATI qualification differs from many other academic programmes as it combines professional exams with practical work experience. As members of ATI, individuals are entitled to put the letters MIATI after their name, seen by many employers as essential when hiring.

ATI is a partner body of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an associate member of the International Federation of Accountants.

Cenit College is a Licensed College of ATI.

Subjects Duration Delivery Awarding Body
4 28 weeks Blended* Approved College
*Blended – (With potential to return to Classroom based delivery in January 2021, if public health guidelines re COVID 19 can be satisfied).

Overview of ATI Year 1

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals 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.

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

The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification is divided into two parts, each of which is a qualification in its own right.

  • Certificate for Accounting Technicians (achieved after successful completion of Year 1’s 4 subjects)
  • Diploma for Accounting Technicians (achieved after successful completion of Year 2’s 4 subjects + 2 years’ work experience)

Both awards are designed to address the strong market need in all Irish sectors for qualified Accounting Technician professionals, and also to support the continuing development of those already employed.

Entrance Requirements

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.

School-leavers in the Republic of Ireland should have a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in:

  • Five ordinary level subjects (including an O5 in English and Maths/Accountancy)


  • Two ordinary level and two higher level subjects (including an O5 in English and Maths/Accountancy)


  • Applied Leaving Certificate applicants should contact ATI on 01 649 8180 for further information

Prior Learning may 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 may be eligible to register.


  • Certificate (1 year, part time)
  • Diploma (1 year, part time)

The course is two years in duration, in the first year the basics of accounting and business are covered. The second year  builds on Year 1, covering more advanced accounting and business topics.

ATI Year 1 Subjects:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Law & Ethics
  • Business Management


After successfully completing the Year 1 exams, students will hold the professional qualification of Certificate For Accounting Technicians from ATI.


If you have previously completed a relevant qualification you might be eligible for exemptions. You should check if you’re eligible for exemptions click here BEFORE registering as exemptions can’t be granted after you register.

Further Studies

Students continue onto Year 2 of the ATI programme, and gain the Diploma for Accounting Technicians qualification from ATI.

The cost of this blended-based training is €1,240.

This can be paid:

  • In Full
  • By Issuing of an Invoice

Just click on the Buy Now and choose your option.

Please note, because of high demand for this programme, a place on the course is only secured once full payment is received.

The fee includes:

  • Instructor-led classroom based training by a team of experienced accounting trainers and practicing professionals
  • All syllabus comprehensively covered as ratified by ATI
  • Comprehensive set of course notes
  • Case Studies will fully worked solutions
  • Mock exams, with solutions for each exam
  • In depth topic by topic exam tips and advice
  • Online tutor support for queries, clarifications, questions and answers


The tuition fees are payable to Cenit College.

Additionally students need to pay ATI directly:

  • Registration Fee (payable at course start)

Students must register with ATI prior to course commencement (and pay the required registration fee to ATI). Please click on the following link to register.

  • Course Manuals (payable at course start)

Relevant textbooks will also need to be purchased for the subject’s studying. These can be purchased directly from ATI

  • Examination Fees (payable after course start)

More information on examination fees are available by clicking on this link.

If you wish to purchase less than 4 subjects, please contact Colm Foley, Professional School Manager, colm.foley@cenitcollege.ie

he 2021 – 2022 syllabus is currently not available from ATI.

The Exams are held in June and August (repeats) each year. Students have 10 years over which they must complete the exams, however, the majority of students would complete the exams over 2 years.

Colm Foley