Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) are one of the most renowned and industry recognised accountancy qualifications in the country. The institute prides itself on its extensive professional network of over 10,000 students and members.

These qualifications are globally recognised accountancy qualifications with a reputation for excellence, providing graduates with a strong foundation to succeed and progress through a variety of different roles and career paths both domestically and abroad. With its professional network linking to different operations stemming across the globe, you’ll have many options to work overseas down the line too!

ATI provides flexible learning options to all of its students making it easier for its members to balance their studies and exam preparations with other family and work commitments.

Each of the courses provided by ATI holds significant value and regardless of whatever course you decide on, you can rest assured that after all of your hard work, you’ll be graduating from Accounting Technicians Ireland with market-ready skills and the confidence to progress in your respective career path thereafter.

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Choosing to study with ATI

By choosing to upskill and kickstart your career by pursuing your accountancy qualifications with ATI you’ll find yourself with a grounding and core understanding of the subject and its application within business.

There are also great opportunities that extend far beyond mere networking through enrolling with ATI. Just a few years down the line when you have achieved either your diploma or advanced certificate in accountancy, the institute will then invite you to become a member.

Having a membership with Accounting Technicians Ireland will present you with a world of new opportunities throughout your professional career. The dynamic network of professional accountants is a great asset to be a part of and will serve to support you in your own personal career path.

ATI provides an array of events and educational talks throughout the year for you to attend and distract yourself from all that work. This busy calendar of events is something that really resonates with students as it contributes to a more cooperative and inclusive working environment with exciting events such as the annual conference and tech day.

You’ll likely be studying for your qualifications for multiple years, so it is important to decide o somewhere that you will enjoy your time learning, trust me this will add to both the sustainability and consistency of your study efforts!

Not to mention that you’ll also be able to gain that extra bit of global recognition by using the designatory letters MIATI. This will help you to communicate your qualifications, particularly to employers overseas!

ATI also has a great system for career and personal development, helping you to upskill through free professional development training throughout your time studying.

ATI qualifications are highly sought after by employers in all areas of accountancy, finance, and taxation as well as consulting and advisory. Your ATI qualifications will allow you to fill a wide range of roles from accounts associates to financial managers.

Here is another article on the ACCA qualifications!

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Accounting technician Ireland qualifications

 If the opportunities and career prospects that become possible through attaining your ATI qualifications is something that excites you, then you are probably wondering how you can get started. Let’s look at how you can go about getting your ATI qualifications.

There actually isn’t a definite requirement that applies to all candidates, the amount of training and exams that you need to complete will depend on your past experience with accounting.

What this means is that if you are just starting out in accounting and finance or you already working in finance but have no formal qualifications, you will not be entitled to any ATI exemptions. This means that you will start out with their foundation level diploma.

Now let’s take a look at the different ATI qualifications and what they entail!

 Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

There are three options available to students who are looking to further their education by adding ATI qualifications to their resumes.

The accounting technician apprenticeship is a great opportunity for students who wish to qualify as professional accounting technicians. The program is fully funded and allows you to qualify within two years of work-based education training.

The course will equip you to handle just about anything in the realm of accountancy and you’ll pick up some exemptions so you don’t have to break your back preparing for the dreaded exams!

You’ll pick up valuable experience working with your employer four days a week and keep up to speed with your exam preparations with one allocated day of study with the academy each week.

Here you will study online and gain invaluable experience working with an employer, earning a salary of at least €21,000 while you’re at it!

This apprenticeship will award you with a level 6 QQI advanced certificate in accounting and you’ll also leave with a professional accounting technician qualification.

Certificate for accounting technicians

This accounting qualification will help you to develop a strong foundation in business and accountancy. The course is only one year long too and is a great first step for those looking to kickstart their career in accounting or as a means of upskilling or changing career paths later in their professional careers.

Similarly, completing this qualification will award you with a level 6 certificate in accounting and is a great asset to have on any resume, regardless of where you want to take your career.

The course also caters to the contemporary learner, facilitating the option for fully flexible remote learning with ATI online. This makes the course more accessible for those who operate busy schedules with other prior commitments and will also allow you to work while you complete your studies!

If you are looking at studying accountancy in Ireland, take a look at this article on the different qualifications that the country has to offer.

Diploma for Accounting Technicians

This qualification will grant you increased earning power, an enhanced opportunity for mobility, and the in-demand financial skills that are required at the highest level positions. This is an industry-recognized qualification that will act as a catalyst in your career progression.

You’ll have the chance to join the extended network of professional members across a multitude of industries both in Ireland and abroad!

This diploma will award candidates with a level 6 qualification on the NFQ in the republic of Ireland and also allows for flexible remote learning using the same ATI online system.

 You may be entitled to some exemptions if you have previous academic experience or qualifications in accountancy. You can apply for this during the registration process. If you have completed a qualification that is deemed relevant by ATI within the last 6 years you may be exempt from sitting your year 1 exams. These exemptions are not possible for your year 2 exams so make sure to enjoy them while they last!

While it is free to apply for these exemptions, it will cost a minor fee of €70 for students to accept.

You might also find this post on the CPA qualifications of use!

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Now that you have some direction for what ATI qualifications are and the opportunities and career prospects that surface from successfully completing your studies, you might want to think about getting a helping hand with your exam preparations. If you are looking to ace your exams you may wish to supplement your learning with the help of a tutor. A tutor can be a valuable coach to aid you in your learning and tactics for the final accounting exams.

Superprof is a community that comprises millions of tutors around the world. There is certainly no shortage of qualified accounting tutors available to ATI students who wish to maximise their grades in their diplomas.

Having a mentor to advise you in your preparations can prove extremely beneficial for students. After all you don’t get a choice in what lecturer you get in college, so having the option to select your preferred tutor after availing of a free trial session allows students to select a tutor which works best with their preferred style of learning.

The service provides students with a degree of flexibility in how they learn. Students are given the opportunity to learn through both ‘in person’ and ‘remote’ options, either in the home of the student or tutor or via webcam.

Students may also select their tutors on the basis of their qualifications to best suit their particular needs across the accounting syllabus. Alternatively, students can select their tutor based on their respective rates to best suit their budget. The hourly rate for an accounting tutor varies from about €12 right up to €30, with some tutors offering a reduced rate for 5 or 10-hour packages.

The majority of accounting tutors offer their first lesson for free, giving accounting students the opportunity to try out the service before making any commitments. Having an additional mentor to work through your ATI exam paper solutions with is perhaps one of the more effective methods for preparing for that final exam. With a Superprof tutor, you’ll have that diploma in no time!

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