Certificate in Financial Accounting and Payroll


  • The programme will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to become a more effective employee in the areas of office administration, bookkeeping and payroll administration.


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Certificate in Financial Accounting and Payroll

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Aim of Programme

Aim of Programme

This programme is aimed at those already working in an administrative, bookkeeping and payroll function, or aspiring to do so. Developed in association with the industry, this specialist course promotes critical awareness of the most recent advances in bookkeeping, payroll administration and legislative changes in this functional area and the critical contribution of the function to business efficiencies and effectiveness. It is designed to apply across all industries and will give the participants an opportunity to reskill or upskill to take up roles in the area of administrative, bookkeeping and payroll administration. It is also suitable for unemployed persons that meet the entry requirements.

On successful completion of this programme the learner will have:

  • Detailed knowledge of the theory, concepts and methods employed within administrative, bookkeeping and payroll administration.
  • The knowledge to apply the main principles and processes of bookkeeping and accounting.
  • The knowledge and skills required to use both manual and computerised payroll systems.



  • 6
    NFQ Level
  • 60

Programme Content

Programme Content

  • Financial Accounting 1A
  • Human Resources Management
  • Professional Development, Career Planning and Work Based Learning
  • Financial Accounting 1B
  • Payroll Management
  • Introduction to Management

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mature applicants (i.e over 23 years)or Leaving Certificate -Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language(English or Irish) or  any QQI Level 5 or Recognition of Prior Learning.



AIT Induction Sessions will take place on Friday 18th September 2020 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Saturday 19th September 2020, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

All registered students must attend one session, and you will be advised of your session when your application is processed. This is a face to face induction, where registered students will meet their lecturers and become acquainted with AIT operating systems, such as our online delivery platform, Moodle, Rules and Regulations etc.

All current regulations and public health guidelines in relation to social distancing will be in place at these sessions.



1 Year: 24 Weeks

Tuesday and Thursday 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm (Online) plus selected Saturdays in Athlone IT 9.30am to 4.30pm.


Semester 1 (2020): September 26, October 10, November 7 and November 21
Semester 2 (2021): January 16, January 30, February 27, March 13


Online – 7.00 pm Tuesday 22 September 2020


Free to applicants that meet Springboard+ Funding Eligibility Criteria. 


For further details visit www.springboardcourses.ie