Top marks for Kilkenny's Claire in accounting technician exams

Mum-of-four found part-time course at Ormonde College allowed her to return to her studies and care for family


Kilkenny resident Claire Browne, who secured one of the top marks in the country in the Diploma for Accounting Technicians programme

A Kilkenny resident has secured one of the top marks in the country in the Diploma for Accounting Technicians programme this year.

Mum-of-four Claire Browne found the part-time course at Ormonde College perfect to enable her to return to her studies while still being able to care for her children. Accounting Technicians Ireland’s qualification is recognised as the fastest pathway to a professional accounting career.

"I had worked in the financial sector before having my children and just felt it was time to retrain and look for a part-time job," she said.

"I knew there were openings in the accounts area in Kilkenny and the part-time course was hugely flexible and child-friendly. I used to really enjoy slipping out of the house for the two evenings a week and I found the course to be hugely insightful for anyone in the area of accounts and tax."

The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification is a passport to a rewarding career in accountancy or business. With flexible courses nationwide, you can obtain this professional qualification in as little as two years.

ATI’s qualifications, offered full or part-time in over 70 colleges throughout the island, are open to school and college leavers, mature students and the countless number of people who have been working in industry or small practice firms for years but have no formal training.

The accounting qualification provides access to employment opportunities for a broad range of accounting and finance roles and will enable students to further progress to senior financial management posts. Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work at all levels of finance throughout the private and public sector, industry and commerce and in accountancy practices.

Accounting Technicians can perform a wide range of finance roles, from accounts staff to financial controller and beyond. For instance, they 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. The two-year Diploma for Accounting Technicians programme is also the first step to a full qualification in accountancy.

“This is a pan-sectoral qualification which meets the needs of industry, practice and the public sector, and graduates enjoy exemptions from the full range of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CPA, CIMA as well as Higher Education third level accounting programmes,” said Gillian Doherty, ATI’s Chief Operations Officer.

“A recent analysis of the labour market by the National Skills Bulletin confirmed a continuing high demand for accounting technician skills.

“Many businesses finance the programme for potential Accounting Technicians – recognising the benefits of having a qualified technician run the financial side of the business while the owner develops the entrepreneurial end.”

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